A Brief History
of the Waldo County YMCA
In 1972 a young man named Dan Horton had a vision – gather a
bunch of kids together and start a swim team. It was a great
opportunity to develop their coordination and strength, teach
self-discipline, and let the kids enjoy the water. With all of this
in mind, the Bay Area Swim Club (B.A.S.C) came into
With a parent-run board of directors, it became tremendously
successful. As this swim team grew, the Waldo County community
began to see the need for other team sports and a governing body to
house them under. The Waldo County YMCA asked the B.A.S.C to come
under its wing. Putting the two organizations together would create
a greater growth opportunity for everyone involved, and in 1998 the
B.A.S.C chose to join the YMCA.
Bluefish is a YMCA youth swim team that consists of approximately
140 swimmers from all over Waldo County and surrounding
communities. The team is run by the Aquatics Department of the
Waldo County YMCA and has remained sucessful due to our thriving
Waldo County community that has provided us with passionate
coaching staff, commited parents, and a talented team of
develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect by
working hard, having fun and living by the YMCA’s Core Values
of Caring, Honest, Respect and Responsibility.
is a competitive swim team for boys and girls ages 6 - 19. This is
not a “learn to swim” program and all children
participating must be able to pass our Deep Water Test by swimming
25 yards unassisted, jumping into deep water & treading water
for 30 seconds.
PRACTICE GROUP DESCRIPTIONS AND
Green Prerequisites: Your swimmer
must be able to pass our deep-water test and be six years of age.
Swimmers need to be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle and
backstroke to qualify for these groups. The green group skill level
will practice 2x/week.
1 practices on Mondays and Wednesdays,
4:30-5:15 pm. These are first and second year Bluefish swimmers who
are focusing on improving freestyle, rotary breathing, backstroke
and dives. Meet participation is recommended.
2 practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
4:30-5:15 pm. This group is for swimmers who are proficient in
freestyle and backstroke who will now be focusing on stroke
development including the Individual Medley (IM), flip
turns and building endurance. Swimmers need a recommendation
from a coach -OR- have competed with the Bluefish for a minimum of
two seasons to join this practice group. Meet participation
throughout the season, including the state meet, is
Prerequisites: Your swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards
continuously of freestyle and backstroke to join this practice
group. This level focuses on stroke technique, introducing
butterfly and breaststroke technique, interval training and
building endurance. This group is expected to practice minimally 3
times per week.
Group practices from
5:15-6:15 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday from 4:30-5:30.
Meet participation, including the state meet, is
*New Bluefish swimmers who
are in grades 6-12 are recommended to register for this practice
Prerequisites: This is our highest level practice group.
Swimmers must be legal in all four strokes, have the ability to
follow work-outs independently and have a strong work ethic. This
group is for motivated athletes who have demonstrated their ability
to keep up with the pace of workouts at this level. This group
focuses on improving times and stroke efficiency. Your swimmer is
expected to commit to at least 4 practices per week, if not
Group practices are Monday
through Friday from 3:00-4:30 pm. Swimmers are expected to
participate in the majority of regular season meets. Participation
in the state meet is expected. Blue level swimmers are also
strongly encouraged to join USA swimming.
Prerequisites: This group is for swimmers who have
demonstrated advanced commitment to the sport of swimming with the
Bluefish swim team. These athletes will be expected to attend a
minimum of one Bluefish practice per week and compete with us
pre-high school season and after. These swimmers will join Blue group practices as their season
permits. Participation in the majority of the regular season meets
and the state meet is expected. High school swimmers are strongly
encouraged to join USA swimming.