Swim Team

NYC Parks offers talented youths ages 6 through 18 an opportunity to join a Parks swim team. Swimmers train for High Point Meets and the Borough Cup Championship.

Practice sessions are held at least three times a week and emphasize stroke technique, endurance and speed training, starts and turns, rules and sportsmanship.

Due to the current national lifeguard shortage, all swim programs, including Summer Youth Swim Team, have been cancelled for summer 2022. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Our pools will remain open this summer for general swim. Pool hours will remain the same: 11: 00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please visit our Outdoor Pools page to find a public pool near you.

Program Requirements

In order to qualify for the team, you must:

  • be capable of swimming 50 meters freestyle in good form. Swimming 50 meters will not guarantee placement on the team.
  • submit a complete online application (signed by a parent/guardian) before trying out.
  • provide a copy of their birth certificate on the day of your tryout to verify their age.

Please note: All swim team participants must be members of an NYC Parks recreation center. Recreation center memberships are free for kids and teens ages 17 and younger. To learn more about becoming a member, please visit our Recreation Center Membership page.


Free with an NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership.

First-Time Applicants

In order to enroll with a swim team, all families must first schedule a tryout for their child.

Please visit our Tryout Help page and follow our step-by-step guide to registering for atryout.

Please note: If you are a new applicant who did not swim during the 2019 – 2020 indoorseason and registered during the returning swim team member registration period, yourapplication will not be accepted and you must re-register beginning Wednesday, November17 at noon.

Returning Swim Team Members

Starting at noon on Wednesday, November 17 returningswim team members will be accepted for registration on a first come first served basis. Ifyou did not enroll during the pre-registration period (November 12-17), you may be placedon a waitlist, and we will not be able to guarantee your 2021 – 2022 membership.

There are currently no programs available for registration at this time.

Parks Swim Team Rules

All Parks Swim Team members must comply with the following requirements:

  • All swim team participants must be members at an NYC Parks recreation center.
  • Swim team members must participated in 2 out of 3 training sessions per week.
  • Swim team members must arrive on time for training sessions.
  • They must follow the instructions of the coach and team officials.
  • They must purchase and wear an official Parks swim team suit for all competitions.
  • Swimmers must participate in all High Point Swim Meets. Team members must participate in at least two High Point Swim Meets to qualify for participation in the Borough Cup Swimming Championship.
  • They must comply with all facility/pool and competition rules and regulations, and observe safety guidelines at all times.


For more information, please contact our Citywide Aquatics team at (718) 760-6969 Ext. 0

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