Welcome to the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA Breakers....Northwest Michigan's dual registered, USA/YMCA competitive swim team.

3700 Silver Lake Road Traverse City, MI 49684

GTBY is a year-round competitive swim team. More than just a swim team, however, GTBY is also focused on the YMCA mission: a community- and family-based commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. GTBY offers high quality coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities, from novice to national competitor, while encouraging a fun and healthy environment for the social, physical and personal growth of each athlete. We build strong kids, and a strong community.

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GTBY, the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA Breaker Swimmers, is a YMCA and USA Swimming club serving the Grand Traverse area.  With over 40 years history and a new YMCA facility, we are embarking on a journey with new leadership opportunities to learn and grow through the sport of competitive swimming.  It’s a Great Time to Join Us!


We have programs for all ages and every ability.  Click on “The Team” tab in the menu above to learn more about what we have to offer.  New swimmers will need to be evaluated for placement.  Evaluations are done each fall for the team but a swimmer can join at any time thru the 11 month swim season.  

All try outs will take about 10 minutes for each swimmer.

You do NOT have to be a current YMCA member to try out.  Please have your swimmer bring a suit, a towel, cap/goggles are optional but recommended.  Open for Boys & Girls, AGES 6-18. 

  • After the evaluation, you will know which swim group or aquatics lesson program to register for  at the YMCA front desk.
  • We try to develop a plan for you if your swimmer's readiness doesn't meet the criteria for the beginning group.

  Please contact us...

phone:   231-346-4969      email: kathy@gtbayymca.org


Registration INFO can be found HERE.  Please see the registration link or click HERE to be directed to our registration platform for more information.


All GTBY swimmers must maintain a YMCA membership for the participant while they are engaged with the program.  Memberships must be initiated prior to the first day of practice and current through the last practice day or meet.