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What to Expect During Your Swim Team Practice

Your safety and comfort is our number one priority! We believe in fostering a safe and positive learning environment and our coaches focus on our concept of "catching swimmers doing it right.” All Swim Team practices are based upon our Core Values of Safety, Air Regulation, Relaxation, Body Position, and Propulsion.

Indoor Practices
(Swim Team 1, SST On-Site)

Indoor Facility Details:

Indoor Swim Team practices are held at the Gold Medal Swim School.

Our state-of-the-art, 25-yard pool is heated and utilizes the DELL Ozone system—the same sanitation system used to treat bottled water. We monitor the water treatment process and chemical levels every 60 minutes during lessons. All pool water is completely filtered every 90 minutes and replaced every six days to provide our instructors and clients with the safest and cleanest water in the Valley.

Our entire lobby and changing areas are also disinfected before each shift. Throughout each shift, you will see us sweeping, mopping, wiping down counters, and checking dressing room stalls. Every evening, the entire facility is sanitized by a professional cleaning service.

Before Practice:

Please check in at the Front Desk when you arrive for indoor practice to record your attendance and receive practice-specific directions. If you have not been to our swim school before, ask for a tour—we would love to show you around!

While in the lobby, check out one of the overhead monitors for up-to-date information and announcements from the Gold Medal Swim School team and owner Mike Walker. Our friendly, lobby staff members are also always available to answer your questions!

After you check in, head to our family-friendly changing room and get ready to swim! We provide dressing stalls for your privacy, but please do not leave your belongings unattended in a stall at any time. There are cubbies in the changing rooms and hooks adjacent to the shower area on deck to store your belongings during practice.

At practice time, line up in front of the pool door in the lobby and wait for your swim coach to let all the swimmers in.

During Practice:

Swimmers are expected to attend practices and swim workouts sets with the team while applying the technique they have learned. This is a big change from the technique-driven and hands-on approach they were taught with in Learn to Swim lessons.

After Practice:

We have a large, family-friendly shower area to rinse off after your practice. If you would like, bring shampoo or body soap and enjoy a quick rinse. Swimsuits must remain on in the shower area.

Towel off and then proceed through the dressing room door to access our changing stalls and larger facility restrooms. If you need to use the restroom during practice, please use the on-deck restroom, located near the shower area.

Outdoor Practices
(Swim Team 2, Swim Team 3,
High School Prep, SST Off-site)

Outdoor Facility Details:

Outdoor Swim Team practices are held at Ahwatukee Community Center, Nozomi Aquatic Center, and/or Chandler High School.

These facilities are 25-yard competition pools with at least 6 lanes. All pools are heated during cool months and all include diving blocks, digital clocks, shower/locker rooms, shade structures, and spectator areas. Practicing at these facilities provides great experience for swimmers looking to take the next steps in the sport as they are also used by the Gold Medal Swim Club and local high school teams.

Before Practice:

Swimmers are not expected to check in at the beginning of practice. Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and watch practice in the spectator areas of the pool facilities or drop their swimmers off and return at the end of practice. If dropping off, parents/guardians must wait with their swimmers until a coach arrives and opens the facility and be there to pick up their swimmers immediately when practice ends. During cold months, swimmers should have their towels and parkas readily available so they can get dry and warm as soon as possible!

During Practice:

Swimmers are expected to attend practices and swim workouts sets with the team while applying the technique they have learned.

After Practice:

After practice, swimmers are welcome to use the facility’s locker rooms and showers to quickly rinse off and change. Parents should arrive prior to the end of practice to ensure their swimmers are picked up on time. Coaches will wait with all swimmers until their parents and guardians arrive.