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Compete on a YMCA Swim Team!

Swimming is a true lifelong sport and becoming part of one of our teams can guide you through learning to swim faster and with a better technique.

Swim team options include our summer Bears Swim Team, the GCY Makos, the Eden Purple Penguins and the Porpoise Club (a competitive swim training program). Scroll through the below information for details on each of our offerings.


GCY Makos - Greensboro Community YMCA

GCY Makos

The GCY (Greensboro Community YMCA) Swim Team is the YMCA of Greensboro's year-round swim team for children 5 and up! There are short course, long course, national, seasonal and so many more training options. Learn more or register online below!

Click for details on GCY Swim

Register for GCY Swim

Purple Penguins - Eden YMCA

Purple Penguins

The Purple Penguins swim team at the Eden Family YMCA has had a strong presence and tradition in the competitive swimming community for almost 40 years.  

The Purple Penguins Swim Team offers fun, fitness and friendship to competitive swimmers 4 to 18 years old who are looking to perfect their stroke technique, continue to build endurance and beat their personal bests. Our swimmers compete in the PYSA Swim League.

  • Swimmers must be able to comfortably swim one (1) full length of the pool without aid to participate
  • YMCA membership is required
  • Registration includes swim cap and Purple Penguins shirt
  • New participants must contact Jeremy Tesh, Executive Director
  • Limited space is available

When: Parent Meeting Monday, September 12 at 6pm | Practices start September 13 - March 2023
6pm, ages 12 and under; 7pm ages 13 and up
Price: $250 Swim Team, $125 High School Swimmers

Payment Plan Option: $125 due at registration, $125 on 12/1/22
Sibling Discounts: $10 off the 2nd child registered and $15 the 3rd child registered

Details and Registration Form (Downloadable PDF)


Bears Summer Swim Team - Bryan YMCA

Bears Summer Swim Team

For all community swimmers ages 18 & under!

The YMCA Bears Summer Swim Team is the YMCA of Greensboro swim team!  Join us as we compete against swim teams all around Greensboro!

Cost: $115 (includes all meet feets + swim cap and shirt)

*Fee includes all practices, meets, city meet fees, CSA dues, team swim cap and team t-shirt. Extra fees for a team swimsuit and City Meet parking may apply. Please note that all swimmers MUST have a YMCA family or program membership to be eligible to swim.

Dates: Closed (stay tuned for future schedule)

CUBS (Ages 8 & Under) 5:30 – 6:15pm
POLARS (Ages 9 & 10) 6:15 – 7:15pm
GRIZZLIES (Ages 11 & Up) 7:15 – 8:30pm

All practices are offered at the Bryan Family YMCA Lap Pool.

Register for Bears Summer Swim Team


Porpoise Club - Ragsdale YMCA

Porpoise Club

Porpoise Club is a unique swim training program offered at Ragsdale YMCA that includes the instruction to prepare for competitive swimming, such as stroke improvement, starts & turns, and speed and endurance training. Porpoise Club will be offered monthly on Mondays and Wednesdays.


  • Each 3-week Mon/Wed session costs $48 Members or $72 for Community Guests.
  • Each 4-week Mon/Wed session costs $64 Members or $96 for Community Guests.
  • Saturday Porpoise Club session costs $48 Members or $72 for Community Guests.

Register for Porpoise Club



You can be part of one of our local Greensboro, NC, Swim Teams, or one of our teams in the surrounding triad area, including Jamestown and Eden! This is an amazing opportunity for you to make new friends, practice teamwork and all while doing regular physical activity that is great for your physical and mental health!