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PALY Penguins Swim TeamThe PALY Penguins Swim Team is a competitive team for swimmers age 6 through 18. The team is divided into different levels to better meet each child’s goal– from novice through advanced. Our program is focused on developing the four competitive strokes in an uplifting team environment.
Which Level Is Right for You?
Come to our skill assessment and find out! Every Friday at 3:30pm we have a coach on the pool deck to talk to you, see you swim, and recommend a level right for you. You need a coaches recommendation to join the practice because we want to set you up for success.
The Levels Defined:
Novice Level is focused on developing stoke technique and endurance to introduce newer swimmers to a competitive setting. Novice practices last for one hour. Coaches use “hands on” practice with the participants to make sure they fully understand the basics of each stroke.
Intermediate Level is focused on improving the technical skills of each stroke. The practices uses drills to teach swimmers how to make their strokes more efficient. This level is geared towards swimmers becoming more comfortable in competitive settings. Intermediate practice is an hour and a half.
Advanced Level is expected to compete and train for meets. At this stage, swimmers know their strokes well and are building the endurance and skills to do their best in competitions. Advanced practice is two hours long.
YMCA Swim Meets
Swim meets between other San Diego YMCA swim teams are scheduled regularly and held at various YMCA sites. The swim meets provide an opportunity for the swimmers to achieve their personal best time, plus a chance to get together as a team and have fun as well.
USA Swim Meets
We also offer the opportunity for swim team members of all ages and levels to register with USA Swimming to compete as a team against other swim clubs at local USA sponsored meets. These age group meets provide the next level of competition for all swimmer.
Click here for the Swim Meet Schedule.
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Swim Team Questions
Please contact us with questions regarding our Swim Team.
Practice Schedules and Fees
You may practice as many days of the week during your scheduled time Monday through Friday. Swim team members must be YMCA members and set up payment through the ATS monthly bill pay.
Meet the Coaching Staff
Lauren Brecht was never far from the pool as a young child. She grew up competing on club swim teams from the young age of seven and continued through her high school career. The hard work and character she learned from the sport made her want to move on and teach others the same. She has been coaching for the PALY Penguins for over two years now and looks forward to the seasons to come.
Amir Behdarvand began swimming as a child and immediately loved it. He is excited to translate his years of competitive swimming into coaching the next generations of swimmers.
Austin Reoh has swam on the swim team for three years, and currently swims at Palomar College. He loves working with kids and being involved with the YMCA.