YMCA A-Cast and Amberjax Swim Team


Aquatics Director

The Staunton-Augusta YMCA will continue to host and facilitate the ACAST (Augusta County Amberjax Swim Team). ACAST is dedicated to providing an enriching swim team experience, geared towards both the novice and experienced swimmer.

For swim team information, contact Aquatics Director Beth Valentine at beth@saymca.org.



Second half session: January 2-3, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Prospective swimmers need only attend one evening during tryouts. Registration and payment is due on the tryout date. All swimmers must be proficient enough to swim at least 25m without stopping in at least two competitive strokes (namely freestyle and backstroke).

Older/Experienced swimmers may be asked to swim 300m to determine appropriate level placement, as well as to demonstrate proficiency in all four competitive strokes for 50m each.


Practice Times

Practices begin January 7

Monday practices

Bronze I: 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Bronze II: 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Silver: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm (Dryland) 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Pool)

Tuesday, Thursday Practices

Bronze I: 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Bronze II: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Silver: 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Dryland) 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm (Pool)

Wednesday practices

Bronze I: 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Bronze II: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Silver: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday practices

Bronze I: 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Bronze II: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Silver: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday Practice

Turn/Start/Technique Practice: 7:15 am – 8:45 am

*Practice times are subject to change. Swimmers are required to attend at least 3 practices per week. Meets are on average once a month. Swimmers are required to attend at least 2 swim meets during the season.


Half Sessions

January 7 – March 30

Bronze I: $258
Bronze II: $276
Silver: $310

*Cost does NOT include a mandatory YMCA Youth Membership ($13 or $15/month plus a one-time $25 joining fee), and required annual USA Swimming membership fee ($68).

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