Waukee Family YMCA
210 N. Warrior Lane
Waukee, IA 50263

Head Practice Site Coach
Karyl Palmer
[email protected]

Waukee Assistant Coaches
Michelle Bussanmas, YMCA
Margie Hales, YMCA & USA

Dave Kompelien, USA & YMCA
Alissa Mills, YMCA
Haley Ohl, YMCA
Renee Oiler, USA & YMCA
Mindy Peterson, USA & YMCA
Elsa Rasmus, YMCA

Debra Straw, USA & YMCA
Bryan Rowland, USA & YMCA

Registration for Fall/Winter 2022-23 Season opens AUGUST 7!!
Practice starts September 7th!


Marlin Prep Summer Clinics

Designed as a pre-swim team program, Marlin Prep clinics are a great way to explore what it means to be on a swim team, or see if your swim lesson swimmer is ready for the swim team. Open to YMCA Members and non-members alike, the following Marlin Prep Clinics are available:











August 22-25, 2022





Session 1

5:00-5:45 PM

5:00-5:45 PM

5:00-5:45 PM

6:00-6:45 PM

Registration is limited to 24 swimmers per session. If you are unable to attend a Marlin Prep Clinic at the practice site you would like to join the team at, please contact the practice site head coach for information about other options. Swimmers taking part in a Marlin Prep clinic will not have to register for an additional tryout.


DSMY Waukee Practice Site Schedule

Fall/Winter Season 2022-23 practice begins Wednesday, September 7 at all practice sites.

Fall/Winter 2022-23 Practice Schedule
(subject to change)
  Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
White 5:35 - 6:20 PM 5:35 -6:20 PM 5:35 -6:20 PM 5:35 - 6:20 PM     2:00 - 3:00 PM
Purple 6:25 - 7:40 PM 6:25 - 7:40 PM 6:25 7:40 PM 6:25 -7:40 PM     2:00 - 3:30 PM
Blue/Bronze 7:45 - 9:15 PM 7:45 - 9:15 PM

7:45 - 9:15 PM

7:45 - 9:15 PM     2:00 - 4:00 PM
Marlin Prep   5:35 - 6:20 PM  5:35 - 6:20 PM   5:35 - 6:20 PM    


Fall/Winter 2022-23 season starts September 7th and continues through the last qualified championship.  Returning swimmers have the option of a September or October start but should register early to ensure their roster spot.

Fall/Winter swim will end on the last scheduled practice before each swimmers’ Championship meet.

Training Groups and Season Fees*
For more information about the DSMY Program model and level descriptions click here.

Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Season Fee*
Practice Group Early Season 
September Start
Early Season
October Start
White $495 $412.50 $330
Purple $594 $495 $396
Blue/Bronze $660 $550 $440

All swimmers new to the team must start in September. The Waukee practice site roster will fill. No November start available for this practice site.

*Season fees do not include YMCA memberships, USA Swimming membership, or meet fees. Multi-Swimmer Discounts are available at the Practice Site locations only when registering all family members at the same time. 10% discount for two swimmers, 15% discount for three swimmers and 20% discount for four or more swimmers in the family. (Discount does not apply to or with Travel Team swimmers.) Additionally, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need. Contact your practice site Welcome Center for information.

** This is the minimum fee to participate in the Marlin swim team program. Swimmers starting after November will still pay this entire amount.

High School Participation Fees

High school aged swimmers in grades 9-12 are eligible for a special rate schedule when they choose to participate in their high school swim team. Junior high/middle school team participants are NOT eligible.

ALL high school swim team participants must register for the season by the September start date to ensure their roster spot and maintain their eligibility for competition in USA and YMCA meets as well as DSMY Marlin team functions.

2022 High School Girls Season: August 9, 2022- November 13, 2022
2022-23 High School Boys Season: November 7, 2022- February 10, 2023




Season (Nov-Feb)

Post Season (x/weeks)

TT HS Girls





TTP HS Girls





PS HS Girls





TT HS Boys










PS HS Boys





TT: Travel Team
TTP: Travel Team Prep
PS: Practice Site


Marlin Prep 

Marlin Prep is a transitional pre-swim team program bridging the gap from swim lessons to our competitive swim team. Marlin Prep, designed for ages 5-14, runs concurrently with DSMY Marlin swim teams and is offered three months at a time with the goal of joining the swim team.  All swimmers will be evaluated during tryout to determine safety in the water by swimming 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and may be referred to swim lessons. Our goal is to determine swim team readiness. We will cover the following:

  • Short course (25 yard) emphasis
  • Stroke technique & kicking based
  • Fine tune freestyle and backstroke, master side breathing
  • Introduction to breaststroke and butterfly
  • Introduction to flip turns and racing starts
  • Understanding of swimming language and practice etiquette

Summer Marlin Prep Clinics
A shorter version of our Marlin Prep season program, summer Marlin Prep clinics provide exposure to  swim team. No additional swim team tryouts are necessary for clinic participants. If you are unable to attend the Marlin Prep clinic at Waukee, please register for and plan to attend a clinic at either Walnut Creek or Wellmark and email Coach Karyl Palmer.  

Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers financial assistance to families making under $50,000 annually. If you would like more information about the financial assistance program please contact Shayna Smith, Waukee Family YMCA Financial Assistance Specialist at 515-868-0518 or by email at shayna.smith@dmymca.org.