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. 

2021-2022 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

  • Registration is now closed.
  • Practice is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Registration Process 2021-2022

  • 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 2021 – March 2022
Beginner 5:30-6:15pm
Intermediate 6:15-7:15pm
Advanced 7:15-8:30pm

Swimmers will use lanes 1-4.

Swim Team Rates
1 Swimmer $55 per month
2+ Swimmers $50 per month per child
To apply the sibling discount, please contact Simone Sohk at

Swim Meets

Nov 20, 2021 – MACR

Dec 11, 2021 – MACR

Jan 8, 2022 – Muscatine

Jan 15, 2022 – Marshalltown

Jan 29, 2022 – Marshalltown

Feb 5, 2022 – Dubuque

February 12, 2022 – Iowa YMCA Sectional Meet Weekend location tbd.

March 5 & 6, 2022 – Boys & Girls Iowa State Meet (BOYS on Sat/GIRLS on Sun)

March 18-20, 2022 – YMCA Regional Meet. Wellmark YMCA, Des Moines


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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