Family YMCA of Black Hawk County


The Family YMCA of Black Hawk County Pirates work to improve and develop the swimming technique of all participants in an atmosphere of fun.  We want to encourage our swimmers to have as much fun as possible in the water, while challenging themselves to become more competitive swimmers.

To educate our swimmers about the dedication required to become an athlete, we encourage good nutrition, healthy exercise, and proper recovery.

We challenge our swimmers to become great team leaders in and out of the water by incorporating the core values of the YMCA – Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. 

2020-21 Pirates Swim Season 

Never participated in swim team before?  Not sure if it’s right for you? Contact our the Aquatics Director – Simone Sohk – at for any questions.

For more team specific information, meet results, important announcements and more – visit

2020 Treasure Rush Triathalon

Members of the Blackhawk Pirate’s Swim Team joined together to swim, run and bike to collect scholarships for our first Treasure Rush Triathlon event. This year there are expenses that fall outside of the range of our normal operating income. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the swim team and our facility to make sure we are in top shape for both our swimmers and patrons. Learn More

Swim Team 2020-2021

  • At this time, we plan on offering swim team in the Fall unless otherwise told we are not allowed to.
  • Registration will open September 1. First day of practice will be the week of October 12th due to our pool window renovation.
  • Parents meeting will be Thursday, October 1 starting at 6:30pm in the gym. Everyone will be social distancing while keeping masks on. We are encouraging parents only to attend, however, we understand if you need to bring your children along.
  • To access important documents such as our parent handbook, COVID protocol, and much more, please click here.

Registration Process 2020-2021

  • Remember, in order to participate in swim team, you MUST have a full membership. You can either set that up online or stop into the Y to have the front desk staff help you.
  • Swimmers must be full members of the YMCA 30 days prior to their first YMCA competition and 90 days prior to the 1st sanctioned YMCA event.
  • Click here to register
Swim Team Dates: October 2020 – March 2021
Beginner 5:00-6:00pm
Intermediate 6:00-7:00pm
Advanced 7:00-8:30pm

Swimmers will use lanes 1-4.

Swim Team Rates
1 Swimmer $52 per month
2 Swimmers $47 per month per child
3 Swimmers $42 per month per child
4 + Swimmers $37 per month per child

COVID-19 Swim Team Updates

1. Swimmers must be able to put on their own caps or have a sibling help out.  Coaches and non-family members have the right to refuse to help.
2. They must be able to adjust their own goggles. Please practice this. Coaches and non-family members have the right to refuse to help.
3. There will only be 3-4 swimmers allowed per lane.
4. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle – this will help avoid using public drinking fountains.
5. All equipment used during practice will be sanitized and cleaned after practice is complete. During practice, swimmers will use their same piece of equipment the entire time.

Swim Meets

Saturday, November 14th-  Virtual Meet at home. Start time: 10:00am

Saturday, November 21st – Wellmark YMCA

Saturday, December 5th – Dubuque

Saturday, December 12th – MACR (Cedar Rapids) (NO Spectators Allowed)

Saturday, December 19th – Marshalltown

Saturday, January 9th – Dubuque

Saturday, January 16th – Marshalltown

Sunday, February 6th- Virtual Meet @ Home


2019/2020: Congrats to Lucy Parson for being the state champion in the 50 breast and 100 breast and Joseph Blasen for being the state champion in the 100 breast!

VOLUNTEERING is a rewarding experience and helps ensure the team achieves its goal of providing a quality, competitive swimming program for children, young adults and adults in the Cedar Valley area. If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, we encourage you to contact Assistant Coach Megan Yasuda for more information.

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