Swim Team

RipTide Swim Team

Becoming a member of the RipTide YMCA Swim Team means fun, fitness and teamwork. The RipTide swim team is a competitive swim program designed to challenge and grow swimmers both in and out of the water. Trained coaches focus on stroke technique as well as endurance and fitness during practices to improve swimmer's times as they work toward their end of season goals. The YMCA swim team promotes healthy lifestyles while embracing the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.

Swim Team Registration

Registration will open Monday, August 8th and is first come first served. Before registering, swimmers must complete and pass the YMCA Deep Swimmer Swim Assessment (see below). The Swimmers must also have a Child/Youth or Family YMCA membership. You can register at the Delaware Community Center YMCA or online at www.ymcacolumbus.org/hub

To receive information on pricing and schedules, please fill out interest form.

All Swimmers Must Complete the Deep Water Swim Assessment:

  • Jump into the deep end and tread water for one minute
  • Swim 50 yard Front Stroke
  • Swim Assessments can be completed with a lifeguard Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm, 4pm-8pm or Saturday 9am-2:30pm or Sunday 12pm-3:30pm. 

Mandatory Swim Team and Parent Meeting

The season will officially begin with a meeting for parents/guardians and team members on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30pm-8:00pm. Please make sure to have at least one adult at the meeting. Team members should wear active clothing and tennis shoes.

Volunteer Requirement

YMCA Swimming is only possible when the entire community comes together to make it happen. To this end, we depend on swim families to volunteer. Opportunities will include: swim officials, timers, fundraising, set-up/tear-down, concessions and more. All families are required to volunteer. If unable to volunteer, a fee of $100 will be applied. More information will be provided at the parent meeting.


Swim Team Assessments

Try-outs will take place August 24th - August 31st. Please complete the Google Form or email to schedule a time to complete the Swim Assessment.

8 & Under Swimmers will need to be able to:

  • Jump into the deep end and tread water for one minute
  • Swim 50 yard Front Stroke
  • Demonstrate:
    • Backstroke
    • Breaststroke
    • Butterfly

9 and Up Swimmers will need to be able to:

  • Jump into the deep end and tread water for one minute
  • Swim 50 yard Free with rotary breathing and bent arm recovery
  • Demonstrate:
    • 50 yard Backstroke
    • 50 yard Breaststroke
    • 25 yard Butterfly

Swim Practice Information

Swim Practices will start on Monday, September 12th and will run through Champs in early March. There may be modified/cancelled practices for holidays, pool closures, etc... While practices are not mandatory, swimmers should strive to attend as much as possible to see the most growth.

Practice Schedule

Age Groups Days Times
8 & Under Junior Team* Monday, Wednesday 6:00pm - 6:45pm
8 & Under Monday, Wednesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm
9 & 10 Tuesday, Thursday 5:00pm - 6:00pm
11 & 12 Group 1** Monday, Wednesday 5:30pm - 6:45pm
11 & 12 Group 2** Tuesday, Thursday 5:30pm - 6;45pm
13 & up Monday, Thursday 5:15pm - 6:45pm

*8 & Under Junior Team is for those ages 8 and under who are first year competitive swimmers.
**There is no difference between group 1 and group 2 for 11-12 swimmers.  Please register for whichever days work better for your schedule. Swimmers in this age group may register and pay for both sessions if they prefer to practice 4 days per week.


Pricing /w Youth Membership w/ Family Membership
8 & Under Junior Team $283 $190
8 & under $367 $245
9 & 10 $367 $245
11 & 12 $468 $312
13 & up $1125 $750


Swimmers will be provided with a RipTide Swim Cap. All other equipment, suits, and spirit items must be purchased by swimmer. Swimmers are required to have an approved competitive swim suit and goggles. Spirit Items will be available for purchase at the Parent Team Meeting.


If you have any questions about the Swim Team, please reach out to Coach Kellie at kellie.demmler@ymcacolumbus.org.