About Us

The North Side Swim Team was formed in 1978 by Central Iowa Swimming legend Lonny Kerman. Since that time we have been members of the Central Hawkeye Conference during the summer and the Two Rivers Conference during the winter. We are one of the largest teams in both conferences, with an average of 150 swimmers per season. Our swimmers come from diverse backgrounds and reside in all parts of Des Moines and its suburbs. Our club has swimmers who grow up to swim on high school teams at North, Hoover, East, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Johnston/Urbandale, Dowling, Valley, Ankeny, Southeast Polk, and Waukee. We are proud of the older swimmers who return to the club each year to help teach and mentor our younger swimmers. It is this strong sense of community that makes the program so worthwhile.

Our team believes in accepting all children who wish to swim, regardless of skill level or experience. We stress self improvement, self discipline, physical fitness, and team success above individuals winning. This approach has led to great success for the team. In the summer of 2023 we won our 44th straight Summer Conference Championship. In the Winter of 2019-2020 we won our 29th Winter Championship out of 30 years. With your help, we will continue this tradition.