Greater Lowell YMCA
35 YMCA Drive | Lowell, MA 01852
P.978-454-7825 | F.978-454-8982

Barracuda Swim Team


This six week program (skipping April vacation) teaches stroke development of the four swim team strokes.  Starts, turns and proper technique are covered in the pool as well as in the classroom setting.  This is an excellent learning opportunity for all levels of competition.

Swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards of front crawl and back stroke.  Please come to one of the following nights prepared with a swim suit, towel and goggles.

Monday March 27th @ 5:00PM or
Thursday March 30th @5:00PM

Beginners and those new to competitive swimming.
Blue: Beginners with some stroke or competitive experience.
Red: Intermediates with stroke and competitive.
Green: Advanced competive swimmers.

Yellow:  Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs  4:15PM-5:15PM

Blue:      Mon, Tues, Web, Thurs  5:15PM-6:30PM

Green:   Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 6:30PM-7:45PM


Family Member $100  Single Member $125    Non Members $150
Family Member $125   Single Member  $150   Non Members $175
Family Member $150 Single Member $175    Non Member $200



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Frequently Asked questions regarding swim team

How old does my child need to be to join swim team? Team members must be at least 6 years old.  More importantly they must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke with good form (subject to coaches’ approval).

What are the goals of the Barracuda Swim Team?

  1. To have fun and make new friends
  2. To improve strokes and skills
  3. To improve speed and endurance

How many meets are there during the season? There are usually 5 dual meets against other YMCA swim teams.  Team members travel together by bus for away meets.  Swimmers also compete in our own “Cookie Classic Invitational”.  Swimmers can qualify for Distract and New England Championships, too.  Optional invitational meets will also be offered.

Is competing required? Swim meets provide a way to see the progress a swimmer has made through hard wok at practice.  All swimmers will compete in at least 3 dual meets and the Cookie Classic Invitational.

How many practices are required per week? There are no practice requirements.  In general, we recommend the following number of practices for each group.

Green/Red:   4-6 practices per week
Blue:                  2-3 practices per week
Yellow:            2-3 practices per week

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What is the Barracuda Swim team about

Our team spans ages 6-18 and covers all levels of competitive swimming. The main season runs late September to March. The winter season typically competes in 5 meets (both home and away) against other YMCA’s in out region. We do provide busses to away meets for the swimmers. At the end of the season we host our annual Cookie Classic Invitational Meet.
All members of the Barracuda Swim Team are required to be full members (per league rules). Minimum requirements for the team are at least 6 years of age and able to swim 25 yards of front crawl and 25 yards of back crawl.
In the Spring our coaches run Stroke Clinic, a 6 week program that breaks down the stokes and focuses on fundamentals of front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Starts and turns for each are also incorporated.
Stoke clinic is a great opportunity for those who think they may want to join a swim team but are unsure of what it will be like. It gives the team feel with the focused attention on fundamentals. It is also great for current members to stay in the pool to tide them over to our summer season.
Summer swim team begins in mid-late June and runs until mid August. This is also a great opportunity for new competitive swimmers to get a feel for what the team is all about before committing to the main 7 month winter season.
Depending on the level of swimmer practices run between 3-6 days a week for all seasons.


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