Swim Team

Two time Olympic Coach Mike Walker came to Gold Medal Swim School with fifteen years of collegiate coaching and fifteen years of competitive swimming, including three varsity years swimming at Arizona State University.

In July of 2005, Mike Walker decided it was time to make a change in his career, to get back to the basics of swimming, and to allow his passion for swimming to influence children’s discovery of the joy of water. Walker partnered with Mike Troy in 2006 and founded Gold Medal Swim School.  Once the partnership was formed Troy and Walker constructed a state of the art teaching facility in Chandler, Arizona.  They opened the doors in 2007.

During his time as Head Coach at the University of Texas at Austin (2000-2007) and the University of California at Berkeley (1994-2000), Walker led his teams to 11 straight NCAA Division 1 Top 10 finishes and was named “Conference Coach of the Year” 5 times.

Walker’s vast international experience includes: coaching at the Olympic games (1996 and 2000), numerous World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Games, Southeast Asian Games, Canadian World and Olympic Trials, Australian World and Olympic Trials.

Domestically, he has coached over 300 individual Division 1 All American honorees, numerous individual NCAA division 1 collegiate titles, and multiple United States National team and individual titlists. He has coached athletes that have competed at every major international competition in the world, producing titles, medals, and records including Olympic Gold Medals, American and World Records.  

Walker has taken his passion for coaching and directed it to teaching Olympic level fundamentals to new and experienced swimmers.  His belief is that swimming should be clear, easy to understand, and fun.  “We want people to understand that learning Olympic level fundamentals should begin at the start of the swimmers aquatic experience.”

This philosophy resonates through the Gold Medal Swim School curriculum in all programs and levels.  It encourages teachers and swimmers to enjoy the learning process because the approach is clear, simple, and fun.  

All classes and all levels at Gold Medal Swim School are based on 5 core values:  Safety, Relaxation, Air Regulation, Body Position, and Propulsion.

We hope to inspire every person to embrace swimming as a lifelong/lifesaving activity.

 





Read about Co-Owner Mike Troy



Swim Lessons

Baby&Me
(3 months to 3 years)

Starfish Level
(2+, All welcome)

Seahorse Level
(Starfish graduate)

Dolphin Level
(Seahorse graduate)

Seal Level
(Dolphin graduate)

Stingray Level
(Seal graduate)

Swim Team

Swim Team Level 1
(6+, Stingray graduate)

Swim Team Level 2
(Coaches approval)

Swim Team Level 3
(Coaches approval)

High School Prep
(Coaches approval)

Olympic Development
(Seal through Swim Team)

Adult Swim

Adult
(13+, all welcome)