Swimming (and improving) is what we are about

Swimming is a great part of our community, even beyond our swim team.  Most of you know, but we offer lessons for young kids who can’t yet swim, and we offer lessons for those looking to improve.
This year, we are bringing 4-time gold medal Olympian Jason Lezak in to do a stroke clinic on July 14th.  So, we have a lot going on for our community… most of these events are open to non-team members too.  Read below and see what’s happening!

Sea Pony Swim Lessons Registration is Open
Sign up now for Spring and Summer Sessions! Safe swimming is fun swimming
Sea Pony Information: http://ywst.org/lessons/
Give your 4 to 8 year-old the gift of swimming to use for a lifetime!

Private Lessons for little ones?

One on one private evening lessons will be available this summer, beginning June 13th for non-swim team members. 20 minute sessions.
Watch for sign ups here and at the pool or contact Ari Davis for more information, phone 925-586-0898 and/or email Ariananicdavis@gmail.com

Stroke Technique, Turns and Dives – Private Coaching

The YW coaching staff will be available after swim team hours for private lessons and help with improvement on stroke technique, turns and dives. This is a great opportunity for one on one time with a coach and your swimmer to work on areas specific to your child’s needs for improvement. Watch for more information posted at pool for sign ups, specific times, coaches and pricing.

Olympian Jason Lezak Swim Clinic

Jason Lezak swam his whole life in Southern California from the age of 5 until retiring after the last Olympics at 36. He’s best known for his anchor swim on the 2008 4×100 freestyle relay (http://vimeo.com/7735706) which was voted by Sports Illustrated as the most memorable single performance by an American at the Beijing Games.
The swim clinic will be on July 14 from 3-6pm.  (This may go to 7pm if our registration numbers are high)  This is open to YW swimmers and others swimmers too.  Stay tuned for details.  Cost is $50 per swimmer.

Polar Bear Plunge

A huge thanks to Tricia McCann and Angie Elgazzar for organizing our polar bear plunge on Dec 31, 2015!  The water was cold (there was ice on the baby pool), and the hot chocolate was hot, and the swimmers were all a little crazy!

Thanks everyone for showing your seahorse pride!!!

Auction 2015

Our always fun and amazing auction is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th at 5pm.  Come and join us… and see the full list of items at YWST.org/auction.

This is a major fund raiser for our team… invite your friends… and buy your golden ticket… and have fun!  A lot of fun!!!

DISCOUNTED Team Fees – mid-season

We are very pleased to be able to offer discounted fees for Ygnacio Wood Swim Team members joining between June 27th and July 6th.

If you join after June 27th, you can take a 50% discount off the team fees (under 15 only) AND the associate membership fee.

These discounts would apply to CLUB ASSOCIATE membership and team memberships ONLY.  (Not including team teen $125 membership, as teen memberships include all meet splash fees)

Fundraising and Club Jobs requirements will remain unchanged.  (See details on our Fees page)

There is no discount for full club memberships or retired club memberships.

This promotion is available only by contacting Gareth Patterson at dir@ywst.org prior to registering.

*There are league requirements for swimming at meets in order to swim at league and the “big meets” at the end of the year.  You MUST meet these requirements by swimming in our dual meets prior to the big meets.


Golden Ticket 2015

The golden ticket draw happened on Saturday, Aug 29th at 5pm.  The winner is Brian Cushing, a friend of a pool member.

Congratulations Brian and enjoy your awesome prize!

Have you ever wanted to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade from the VIP section?  Or have a behind the scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center?  Or just spent some time in your beach front room in Cabo San Lucas?

Well, you can choose which of these once-in-a-lifetime adventures as the winner of YWST’s 2015 “Golden Ticket” drawing.

Check out our Golden Ticket page for full details.


13-18 Campout Details

The Ygnacio Wood Swim Team 13 – 18 Campout will be held at Camanche campgrounds in 2017.

This event is the highlight of the social aspect of the swim team for many teenagers.  We strictly enforce the age limit to 13-18 year old swimmer.  (The age group they swim in)

We will leave on Saturday, June 24, 2017 after the swim meet, from the Ygnacio Wood Swim Club. Be sure to either have eaten, bring a bag lunch or money if your carpool stops for lunch. Some cars will stop for lunch along the way, while others may drive straight through, please be prepared.

We will return on Monday, June 26th. Chaperones are needed for this event. The activities may include but are not limited to swimming, waterskiing, pulled on an inner tube by boat, or wake boarding.


For more details about what to bring, how to pack and be ready for the fun, 2017 YW Teen Camp Out Packing List

We have more answers here… 2017 YW TeenCamp Out Information Sheet



Preseason practices start on Monday, April 13th

Pre-season is upon us and we are ready to go… our pool passed its final certification today and we will start pre-season on Monday, April 13th.

We’ve made some small changes to the schedule for the 11-12 age group.  Those swimmers will now practice with the 9-10 age group at 6:00 – 6:45.  See http://ywst.org/team/practice-times/ for the full schedule.

Our coaching staff will be a little random over the first couple of weeks of pre-season as our student coaches finish up with classes and other swim obligations.  However, rest assured that our head coach James Humann is sending in the practices and our coaching staff will be executing his plan.

I would like to ask some of the teen swimmers who maybe interested in helping out with the younger age groups – especially the 6 & Under and 7-8 (after the teen practice) to hang around and make sure our new young swimmers have an excellent first experience in the water at YWST.  If you are able to help, we would greatly appreciate it.  Please let me know and let the coach on deck know.

Apologies if the pool is a little cold this first week.  We are heating it and waiting for our new pool covers to come in.

Registration at Sports Basement on Sun 15th at 1pm-4pm

Our registration link is active and we’ve been welcoming returning members and new members already.  Please head on over to YWST.org and click on the registration.  Members who are fully paid by March 31 will receive a $25 discount.

Alternatively, come on down to Sports Basement on Sunday, March 15 between 1pm and 4pm to register and size for your team suit.  If you have questions, we’ll have parents and board members on hands to answer all of your questions.

Preseason starts on April 14th… we are ready to go.  Are you going to join us?  Register NOW!


Ygnacio Wood Swim Club & Team