New Swimmer Placements are conducted by appointment only except for the months of July and August when we have group evaluations with online signup.


Coaches evaluate swimmers to determine placement, which can range from Swim School to Swim Team. Athletes are placed to maximize their chances of success in the sport.



Held in Virginia Beach at the Princess Anne Family YMCA and in Chesapeake at the Great Bridge/Hickory Family YMCA

Wednesday July 24

Wednesday July 31

Wednesday Aug 14

Times and Signup links coming soon!



For children and adults who are new to swimming to swimmers who want to improve their technique and conditioning for rec, summer, or year round swimming


  • Students must be at least 4 years old. Three year olds can enroll in summer swim lessons. Parent & Me classes are offered at select summer locations
  • School year format: One 30-minute lesson per week
  • School year lessons are offered in 6-8 week sessions
  • Summer sessions are 2 weeks long, with four 30-minute lessons per week
  • Swim School graduates can swim 50 yards of freestyle with proper technique and coordination, swim 50 yards of backstroke, swim 25 yards of both butterfly and breaststroke, perform a standing dive with streamline, and drop in properly from the wall.
  • Depending on age, Swim School students can work toward transitioning to Tide Swim Team at various points in the curriculum.
  • YMCA membership is not required
  • Visit or call (757) 375-5936 for more information

For swimmers age 5 - 18


  • Younger (10&under) swimmers can swim freestyle and backstroke; older swimmers can swim freestyle and backstroke and either butterfly or breaststroke
  • Swimmers love the water and want to swim in an 11 month program where they can make new friends, improve their strokes, stay fit, and compete in swim meets
  • Novice, middle school, and high school swimmers have the option to join 3-4 month seasonal session programs instead of committing for the entire year
  • A New Swimmer Evaluation is required to join the team
  • YMCA membership is required for all swimmers on Tide Swim Team
  • All Tide swimmers are required to be athlete members of USA Swimming

For adults who know how to swim and want to train for fitness or competition


  • Swimmers are at least 18 years old
  • Swimmers must also join USMS (United States Masters Swimming)
  • Swimmers want to train with other adults to improve their swimming technique, stay fit, or prepare for Masters or open water competitions
  • YMCA membership is required