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

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!

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Register for GCY Swim

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 team’s motto is “Making My Best Better.” The Penguins program strives to offer a great program for every member, from the youngest and newest members to our veteran senior swimmers.

The Eden Family YMCA’s Purple Penguins Swim Team offers fun, fitness and friendship to competitive swimmers 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 and our team is open to ages 4-18 years old.


  • Aged 4-18 years old
  • Swimmers must be able to comfortably swim one (1) full length of the pool without aid to participate
  • YMCA membership is required
  • Registration includes a swim cap and Purple Penguins shirt
  • New participants must contact Asa Neal ([email protected])
  • Limited space is available. Register early!

Registration Information

Season Duration: September 25, 2023 - March 2024
Time: Practice times will be set by coaches
Cost: $275 Swim Team; $150 High School Swimmers (sibling discounts include $10 off second child and $15 off third child)
Payment Plan Option: $150 due at registration, $125 due by Nov. 1, 2023

Register Online

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

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!