The Y Tidal Wave Swim Team is a year-round developmentally competitive program for children 5 years and up who can successfully complete one length of the pool unassisted on their front and on their back. The YMCA of Abilene is devoted to providing a positive and memorable experience for the swimmers. In addition to teaching proper swimming skills and techniques, we aim to develop good sportsmanship and team spirit.

Practices are held Monday through Friday at the Redbud YMCA Family Center.

Swimmer Levels:

Bronze - Swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle with rotary breathing, 25 yards backstroke, 25 yards breaststoke, and attempt butterfly/dolphin kick. Start at a age 5 and up. 12 hours of practice a month.

Practice times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm (No Tuesday or Thursday practice) (9 swim hours per month)

Fees: Y Members - $70 per month, Non-Members - $130 per month 


Silver - Swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle with rotary breathing, 50 yards backstroke, 50 yards legal breaststroke, 15 yards legal butterfly, and willing to five off block. Starts at age 7 and up. Must be able to swim 5x100 on 2:40. 20 hours of practice per month.

Practice times are Monday and Friday 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm and Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. (No practice Wednesdays) (22 swim hours per month)

Fees: Y Members - $90 per month, Non-Members - $140 per month.


Gold - Swimmers must have appropriate cognitive reasoning and be able to complete legal 100 freestyle with rotary breathing, 100 backstroke, 100 IM, flip turns and dive off the block. Each swimmer must complete a test set of 5x100's at 1:50. Starts at age 10 and up. 30.5 hours of practice per month.

Practice times are Monday - Friday 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (40 swim hours per month)

Fees: Y Members - $120 per month, Non-Members - $155 per month.


For program information please contact the YMCA of Abilene Aquatics Director at 325-695-3400.