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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!


2021-2021 Aquatics Safety Procedures

At the YMCA of Greensboro, the health and safety of our program participants, members and staff is our top priority. We will implement COVID-19 transmission prevention protocols based on guidelines from national, state and local health officials, including those from the NCDHHS, the CDC and local health departments.

1. All staff, participants and guardians will undergo health screenings and temperature checks when they arrive at a YMCA facility or grounds. If their temperature is 100.4 or above, they will be asked to leave. If a staff member, participant or guardian is feeling ill, they will not be permitted to participate in the activity. If they have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days and follow the NCDHHS’s guidelines.

2. All participants, guardians and staff will sanitize their hands (using soap and water or hand sanitizer) upon arrival at the Y.

3. All participants and guardians will be required to wear face masks in the facility and on the pool deck. Participants can remove masks when in the water.

4. Face coverings will be worn by all staff members, including while on the pool deck and in the water.

5. There will be no recreational swim allowed before or after the lessons to allow for proper distancing.

6. Participants will not be able to change clothes on the pool deck.

7. All equipment and seating areas will be cleaned and sanitized between sessions.

8. All participants and guardians will have spaced apart assigned seating during lessons.

9. Due to capacity guidelines, only one person will be allowed to accompany the participant to the lesson.

10. Social distancing will be implemented during the lessons and with spectators.


GCY Makos

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

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.

Click for details on the Purple Penguins Swim Team

Questions? For more information, please contact Chris Carter, Aquatics Program Director, at 336.623.8496 or [email protected]


Bears Summer Swim Team

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

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


Porpoise Club

Porpoise Club

Porpoise Club is a unique swim training program offered at Ragsdale YMCA that includes 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 Potential Members.
  • Each 4-week Mon/Wed session costs $64 Members or $96 for Potential Members.
  • Saturday Porpoise Club session costs $48 Members or $72 for Potential Members.

Register for Porpoise Club