Young swimmers build strength, speed and endurance while refining their stroke technique in our pathway and swim team programs. Get ready for swim team, or join today and start competing at meets throughout the city!

Competitive Skills and Drills/Porpoise Club
  • Age: 8-14 years
  • Class length: 60 minutes
  • Qualification: Tryouts only. Student must be able to demonstrate all Stage 6 skills as follows:
    ○ Swim the front crawl for 50 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Breaststroke for 50 yards and do an open turn
    ○ Butterfly for 25 yards
    ○ Back crawl for 25 yards and do a flip turn
    ○ Sidestroke or elementary backstroke for 50 yards
    ○ Dive from a standing position
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for 150 yards
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for more than 150 yards
    ○ Refining technique for all strokes
    ○ Water polo
    ○ Starts and flip turns
    ○ Dives

Swimmers build strength and endurance while refining technique and getting ready for competitive swim team. We work on self-confidence, goal setting, and team building during aquatic activities such as conditional swimming and water polo. 

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Stroke Clinics
  • Age: 6-18 years
  • Class length: 60 minutes, 1-3x per week
  • Qualification: Completing Competitive Skills and Drills is a recommended pre-requisite. 
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim any combination of strokes for more than 150 yards
    ○ Refining technique for all strokes
    ○ Competitive starts, dives and flip turns

Improve your technique with specialized stroke training. Take one class, two or all three. Classes are open to swim team members and all other Y members looking to improve their swimming skills.

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Barracudas Swim Team
  • Age: 6-18 years
  • Class length: 60-120 minutes, 1-5x per week
  • Season: September-June
  • Pricing: Varies based on number of practices per week
  • Qualification: Complete a try-out with the aquatics team. 
  • Skills Practiced:
    ○ Swim conditioning
    ○ Refining technique for all strokes
    ○ Competitive starts, dives and flip turns
    ○ Racing technique

For more info contact Swim Coach Kelly Donlevy at ciybarracudas@ymcanyc.org.

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