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. 

2018-19 Pirates Swim Season 

Never participated in swim team before?  Not sure if it’s right for you? Contact our Head Swim Team Coach – Sandra Burroughs – at to schedule an orientation.

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Summer Swim Team 2019

Registration open March 29!

Swim team will be adding another season of swimming. Summer season will run from May 15th – July 31st. Practices are Monday – Friday 5:30-6:45 PM for 10 and under and Monday – Friday 6:30-8:30 PM for 11+.

There is an extra fee of $39 that will go towards USA Swimming to become a summer swim team.

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Summer Meets (subject to change):

5/31-6/2 in Marion

6/28-6/30 in Mason City

7/11-7/14 in Cedar Falls

7/19-7/21 Silvers in Iowa City – Mercer Park

7/25-7/28 State at University of Iowa

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 Head Coach Sandra Burroughs for more information.

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