Swim Team

Swim Team

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Mako Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It is the goal of the RYWC Mako Swim Team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Prospective swimmers please call Sarah Basile at 203.775.1077  ext. 153 to schedule a tryout, or send an email request to for more information.

Please join us for our annual Swimtacular. It’s a great opportunity to bring family and friends together for some fun while supporting our team.

Our goal is to raise $60,000 from friends and family. With our athletes fundraising participation and your financial support, we will be able to provide critical support to our YMCA and Makos Swim Team. Your support of our Swim-a-Thon is very much appreciated! Makos Swim-a-thon

Makos Swimmer Swim-a-thon Regional YMCA Swim Team

Swim Team Contact:

Jason Paige
Senior Aquatics Director

In order to protect and ensure the safety of all our members, YMCA of the USA and our Insurance Company will now require us to swim test anyone between the ages of 5 and 17.

If the child/teen can proficiently perform the following skills they will be given a band, which allows them in the deep end of the pool:

  • Swim 25 yards unassisted and without rest
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Jump in the pool, float on back for 10 seconds, swim to side and exit the pool

If you do not pass the swim test and the water is more than armpit deep, you will need to have a Coast Guard Approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

Members can call Alexandra Hall-Heron at 203.775.4444 x133 to schedule swim testing.

Your child will receive a band if they are on the MAKO Swim Team.

You will only be allowed in the shallow end of the pool if you do not pass the swim test or forget your band.

45 Minutes, 1x per week

Stroke and Turn “Pre Team”

This level compliments the skills practiced in a swim team setting. Swimmers must be at a Level 5 to qualify for this class. Emphasis is placed on mastery of all strokes, flip turns and racing starts. A strong focus is placed on building endurance with proper stroke techniques and mechanics.

Swimmer Swimming in Pool

Typically, 45 Minutes, 1x per week

Special Needs Swim Team

All participants must be able to swim, as the program will be in water 6 feet deep. Any age welcome. This level compliments the skills practiced in a swim team setting.

Anyone interested should contact Jason Paige as this program is not currently running since the start of the pandemic. Jason Paige can be reached at

Masters Swimming

1 Hour, 2x per week

Sessions – Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Whether you are a novice or an elite swimmer, our Masters program can improve your swimming skills. These coached sessions are designed to enhance your swimming skills, make you more efficient in the water, and increase your overall fitness level. All practices are held at the Youth Development & Aquatic Center (YDAC).

woman seniors at water aerobic class

Swim Team Contact:

Jason Paige
Senior Aquatics Director

The Main Pool will be closed Thursday, 5/26 at 2PM and all day Friday, 5/27. It will be open Sat & Sun for LAP SWIM 7AM - 3:45PM and FAMILY/OPEN SWIM 12PM - 3:45PM,
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