DSMY Marlin Masters & Triathlon Swimming Program 

Wellmark YMCA
501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

DSMY Marlin Masters Coaching Staff

Head Coach: James Lawson [email protected]
Assistant Coaches: Aryn McLaren


At DSMY Marlin Masters we strive to provide a welcoming, fun and safe place to enjoy the water and have a great swim training program experience. We welcome swimmers 18 years and older of all abilities who are looking for great coaching, terrific pools, and friendly encouraging lane mates. (The word "Masters" does not describe your ability or skill level; simply your age i.e. "adult" swim team.) Our practices will vary throughout the week and will focus on a variety of training aspects such as speed, endurance, technique and most importantly having fun. All practices are led by a certified DSMY coach who will guide the team by providing instruction and feedback to help you improve your swimming ability.

Practice Schedules

Monday - Friday 6:00 - 7:00 AM
Monday - Friday 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Weekly Training Themes 

Monday – Distance/aerobic
Tuesday – Pacing
Wednesday – Stroke/IM
Thursday – Sprint/relays
Friday - Fins

Program Fee

Monthly Unlimited $40
10 session Punchcard $60

* Program fee does not include YMCA Membership. A non-refundable $5 registration fee applies to both options. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers financial assistance for families making less than $50,000. Please contact the Welcome Center at your home branch for further information. If you receive assistance with YMCA membership, please contact the Swim Team Admin to have assistance applied to your Marlin Masters program fee.

Vacation holds and Cancellation policy
Marlin Masters monthly fees can be put on vacation hold by notifiying the Swim Team Admin 15 days before your billing date. Cancelling your YMCA membership does not automatically cancel your Marlin Masters membership. Please notify the Swim Team Admin 15 days before your billing date to cancel your Marlin Masters membership.

Refunds, partial credits, or discounts on registration and program fees are not available for missed practices and/or meets due to vacations, absence due to temporary illness, voluntarily leaving the team early, lack of attendance, or involuntary separation due to misconduct. Punch cards do not expire and refunds are not available on un-used punches.


All swim gear is provided by the swimmer: suit, goggles, cap, water bottle, kick board, pull buoy, and fins.


There are more than 60,000 registered Masters swimmers in the United States who have chosen the sport of swimming to stay fit, healthy and race!

To compete in most Master's meets a membership in United States Masters Swimming is required. You can register here: www.usms.org. Our club code is DSMY.

Upcoming Events

Iowa Masters Swimming upcoming schedule of meets:


USMS event link: https://www.usms.org/events

USMS Spring 2022 National Qualifying Times