Why Gold Medal?
From Baby&Me to the Olympics

Baby&Me swimmers are learning the same skills that two-time Olympic Coach Mike Walker teaches in his Olympic Development class!! How cool is that?

The focus on our 5 Core Values of Safety, Relaxation, Air Regulation, Body Position, and Propulsion begins in Baby&Me and keeps on going in every level. These Core Values are interdependent, in each level they learn and apply the core values with the skill set required to complete each level. If a swimmer is not relaxed in the water, he will have a hard time regulating his air. If a swimmer is not relaxed and not regulating air properly, correct body position cannot be reached. Without relaxation, air regulation, and body position, trying to propel oneself through the water will be the opposite of what a successful swimming experience should be! We want to create a love for swimming that will last a lifetime, not a white-knuckle endurance test!

Our Core Values are emphasized at each level; the expectation of how well they are executed gets raised accordingly. A competitive swimmer’s start off the block is the same as your child‘s seated glide. Your child‘s surface bubbles on the wall lead to the air regulation used during a 100 yard race or survival situation in the middle of a lake or ocean. You are giving your child a gift that will last a lifetime!

Gold Medal Swim School History and Introduction


Gold Medal Swim School was founded in Chandler, Arizona by Double Olympic Gold Medalist and former Navy Seal Michael F. Troy. The first school was located at Ray and 56th Street between Ray and Chandler Blvd. The first week of lessons begin with 16 children and Olympic size dreams. Since 1995 the school has grown to an average of over 2,000 children and adults per week of all ability levels.

During the Spring of 2007 Mike Troy brought on board Mike Walker as a partner. Troy coached Walker as an age group swimmer in California and was instrumental in Walker’s career path as a swimming coach. After knowing each other for over 20 years it was a natural fit to bring “family” together. Walker had spent the previous 15 years working with elite level swimmers at some of the nations most prolific universities. After two Olympic Games and numerous International competitions he decided the family atmosphere of the Gold Medal Swim School was a perfect fit. Mike and his family moved to Phoenix in March of 2006.

Once the original Gold Medal Swim School started bursting at the seams it was time to construct a new school. Construction began in the fall of 2006 on the 7200 sq ft space which provides ample space for children and adults to explore the joy of swimming or hone top level technique. The large pool (25’ X 74’), large viewing window, 7 head shower area, and 30’ X 20’ changing area, provide the best environment for children and adults to learn and grow in the valley. What you see today at the corner of Ray and 56th street is the culmination of a dream, great people, and a belief in the Gold Medal method of teaching people of all ages about the joy of being in the water.

While the new space is incredible, the best part of the Gold Medal Swim School has always been and will continue to be the staff. We currently employ over 50 people with 9 full time employees. The staff hiring process is pretty simple. Find motivated and energetic people that love and enjoy working with people of all ages. Once we find this type of person we teach them the Gold Medal way in over 40 hours of training and off we go. While we understand that many of our part time employees will move on to other life opportunities we believe the family atmosphere at GMSS is a bond that will connect us for a lifetime.

We have grown by leaps and bounds since our first kid jumped into the pool. We are proud of our school and proud of how things have evolved. If you want to know more about the complete history, including how the original pool was built by hand to the first time the pool flooded just ask Mike Troy and he will tell you some tales.

Welcome to the “new” Gold Medal Swim School!