Phoenix Sunfish

Phoenix Sunfish

Who We Are

The Phoenix Sunfish is a registered team within United States Master's Swimming, is part of the Arizona Master's Local Masters Swim Committee, and is a proud member of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics . We gained non-profit organization status under the Federal tax code in 2007. Our members participate in community fundraising events, drowning prevention and awareness, not to mention coached workouts, competitive opportunities, and social camaraderie in and out of the pool. Many of our swimmers choose to compete in local and away swim meets. In July 2008 the Sunfish took third place in the AZ Long Course State Championships, our strongest finish yet. The team is structured to accommodate a variety of swimmers. Member goals run the gamut from earning awards at competitions to just fitting into a personal fitness regimen. The Sunfish are men and women of evenly scattered ages 20s to 60s. We always welcome new members.

Practice Format

The typical Sunfish workout is one and half hours. Usually the first 20 minutes or so is reserved for warm-up.  After a short break for announcements, a coach will take the team through a series of organized group sets that can include cardiovascular, technique (drills), speed, distance, strokes, kicking or strength training .  With a broad variety of abilities in the pool, the specific sets are tailored to the swimmers in each lane. Occasionally we will engage in stroke clinics, water polo , relays or another "offbeat" activity to vary our training and keep the workouts fresh.


Our volunteer coaches come from within our own membership, each with their own varied background in swimming and coaching. The coaches work together to create an overall program focusing the team on specific goals such as competitions or stroke development. They also work closely with members to ensure individuals can accomplish their own goals. The predominant themes of all our workouts are camaraderie and strenuous, fun exercise.

Why Join?

Our members participate on our team for a variety of reasons:
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