The Canton Y Barracudas, alias Can-Y-Cudas or Cudas, is a team which accommodates all swimmers from those who have recently learned to swim to national qualifiers. Ages range from 5 to 18 years of age. We strive for quality instruction and workouts, which suit each swimmer’s abilities and goals.Short Course Season is October 1st - Mid March  For more information contact: Head Coach Caleb Taylor at or

Swim Team Information

Call the Y at (309) 647-1616 for more information or to sign up for the season. Discounts are available for families with multiple children.

Typical Practice Schedule

Advanced (4 - 5 times/week) 3:30 - 5:30pm
Intermediate (3 - 4 times/week) 4:00 - 5:30pm
Beginner (2+ times/week) A 4:00 - 5:00pm B 4:15 - 5:15pm

Introduction to competitive swimming. Base level technique instructions. Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Swimmer must be able to
swim 25 yards unassisted to be a part of the swim team.

Intermediate B:
Introduction to interval training. Progressive stroke development. Starts, turns, finishes, and dolphin kicks.

Intermediate A:
Interval training. Introduction to advanced technique concepts. Starts, turns, finishes, and dolphin kicks. Introduction to advanced interval training.

Advanced B:
Introduction to performance training. Advanced technique concepts. Starts, turns, finishes, & dolphin kicks.

Advanced A:
Advanced interval training. Performance training. Advanced technique concepts. Starts, turns, finishes.

Other Information

  • Typical swim season begins in October and ends in March.
  • Your swimmer is required to maintain a membership to the Canton Family YMCA, as well as pay the required team fees and fees associated to any ‘Invitational’ meets your swimmer participates in.
  • The Can-Y-Cuda Parent Association holds meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm in the preschool room. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
  • A dual meet is a competition between two teams. Duals usually last three or four hours.
  • An invitational meet involves many different teams and takes eight or more hours. Cost = $15/invitational.
  • Scholarships may be available.


This class provides specialized instruction and training for competitive swimming, skill development, athletic training and physical edurnace. Requires the Program Director's approval. Instructor: Head Coach Caleb Taylor

Class times: 45 Minutes
Tues/Thurs 5:30 - 6:15pm
Fee: Member $39           
Non Member $74