A Brief History of the Waldo County YMCA Bluefish
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 being.

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.

Today the 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 swimmers.

Our swimmers 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.

The Bluefish 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.




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. 

Green Group 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. 

Green Group 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 expected. 


Red 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. 

Red 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 expected. 

*New Bluefish swimmers who are in grades 6-12 are recommended to register for this practice group.


Blue 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 5. 

Blue 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.


High School 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.