Arden Hills Swimming

Our Programs

Arden Hills Swimming is committed to providing programs that encompass the novice to the international level swimmer. Providing a sequential, skills-based program that challenges each athlete at their own pace and commitment is the foundation of the Arden Hills Swimming methodology. Our Swim School teaches basic survival skills and graduates into our the “4 Magic Rules”: kicking, body position, pillow breaths and big arms. Through these core concepts, we are able to develop safe, efficient and skilled swimmers. Many of these graduates join our championship-winning recreational swim team, the Arden Hills Otters. Otters swimmers range from 4-18 years of age and all enjoy the team camaraderie, culture, and cultivate a love for the water and competing. Many swimmers carry ambitions to achieve success at a higher level than the Otters can offer. Those swimmers are able to join our USA swim team, where athletes are introduced to a more intensive training regimen that is designed to lead them to the highest levels of USA Swimming and beyond!

Our History

In 1954, the Arden Hills Swim and Tennis Club opened under the single proprietorship of the late Sherm Chavoor, offering simple tennis and swimming facilities for members and an area training center for competitive swimmers. What occurred in the next three decades soared far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.

Sherm Chavoor was a very rare individual. He had the ability to make anyone believe that they could be a champion through sheer determination and hard work. Sherm was able to take all the neighborhood children inspire them and turn them into champions. His program grew and with the likes of triple gold medalists, Debbie Meyer and Mike Burton along with several other Olympic greats, its reputation proceeded. It received the attention of 18-year-old swimmer, Mark Spitz who wanted the opportunity to train under the leadership of Sherm. Through Sherm’s rigorous workouts and one of a kind coaching style, he lead his swimmers on a path towards excellence. Over the next three decades, Arden Hills earned a combined total of 31 Olympic medals (21 Gold medals) and set more than 200 world and American records, creating a dynasty that few clubs have equaled in the world of competitive swimming.

In 1985, Sherm was ready to retire having left a tremendous mark on the world, the local community and all of his swimmers. The Favero family, who had been inspired by the illustrious coach purchased the club and embarked upon an aggressive redevelopment process designed to dramatically expand the scope of the club’s facilities. In 1998, the club unveiled a spectacular new 50-meter pool. The Olympic-sized training pool fulfilled a design envisioned by Coach Chavoor and was completed just six years after his death in October 1992.

Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa as it stands today boasts over half a century of history and excellence. Beginning as a small swim and tennis club with a world-renowned swim program Arden Hills has grown into an expansive facility providing a multidimensional resort to its members. The Club has built upon the history, the community, and the transformational qualities that were the foundation of Arden Hills, keeping the heritage of Arden Hills Swimming alive and thriving!