Youth Swim Team

DIVE IN & JOIN OUR TEAM

The Barracudas swim team is a competitive youth swim program facilitated by the YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus, GA. Our coaches and staff place a strong focus on the core values of the YMCA and strive to create a fun and educational team environment. Our purpose is to improve the health, well-being, and social skills of our youth by giving them the opportunity to enjoy swimming in a safe Christian environment. In doing so, we hope to develop enthusiastic and dedicated swimmers who are capable of responding to the demands of a highly competitive program. 

Our YMCA swim team offers youth the chance to experience the enormous health benefits of swimming while enjoying the fun, excitement, and character lessons that come with being a member of a competitive swim team.

Our Swim Team helps both novice and more experienced swimmers improve their strokes and technique through regular practices. Team members are also given the chance to enter into competitive swim meets.

 

The team is available for all ages pending a tryout process.

AGES

We accept swimmers ages 4-18 years old

COSTS:

  • Registration Fee: $100, this covers USA swimming & YMCA registration fee.

  • Monthly Dues:

    • Member: $50

    • Non-Member: $75.00

  • Swim Cap: $10.00 - $14.00

*This is the only required uniform piece for competition

  • Swim Meets: Pricing varies; all entry fees for swim meets will be on a prepaid basis; the Deadline for meets is 2 weeks prior.

PLEASE NOTE: Swim dues not paid for by the 10th of each month will be assessed a $25.00 late fee. If dues are not paid for within 30 days, there will be an additional $40.00 reinstatement fee assessed and your child will not be able to participate until paid in full.

HOW TO GET STARTED:

  1. Attend an evaluation session

    • We hold swim evaluations on Mondays and/or Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:30 p​.m.

    • We are looking for your athlete to successfully swim one length of the pool (25 yards), face down, using the front crawl method. We will also evaluate their kicking using a kickboard. The athlete has the option to show us additional strokes, if willing.

    • We highly encourage each athlete to know the backstroke

  2. Attend a group practice​

    • Once the athlete passes their skill(s) evaluation, we invite the individual to attend practice with their skill group. This allows both athlete & coach to see how the athlete performs in the water on a normal practice day.​

  3. Register for our team!​

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

*This is a sample practice schedule & subject to change​

Day(s): Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Location: D.A. Turner YMCA

Time(s):

  • Senior Barracudas: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Intermediate Barracudas: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Advanced Baby Barracudas: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Baby Barracudas: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. OR 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Day: Saturday

Location: John P. Thayer YMCA

Time(s):

  • Senior/Intermediate/Advanced Barracudas: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

  • Dryland: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

  • Baby Barracudas: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE:

Swim meets are required at 80% attendance for Senior Group(s), once declared ready to compete. All other age groups are required to compete in 60% of swim meets.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact our Barracudas Head Coach, Tera Wilkins, twilkins@ymcacolumbusga.com

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