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Ask the Expert - Master's Swimming for master swimmers only

November 21, 2007

Q: Do I need to be an expert swimmer to join a Master's Swim Club? I'm a novice swimmer and am interested in improving my swimming skills - what's the minimal amount of skill needed to join a Master's Swim Team so that I don't totally humiliate myself. Sophie A., San Francisco, CA

Margaret: Please don’t hesitate to join a local Masters Swim Club! It’s a fantastic way to become a stronger swimmer and make terrific friends – regardless of your swimming ability. You can start out very gradually and over time increase the amount of yardage you swim during practice.

It’s always exciting for a new swimmer join the team because your fellow teammates understand the courage and determination it takes for you to show up and swim. We believe you will enjoy your swimming experience because everyone genuinely wants you to succeed.

“United States Masters Swimming (USMS) is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults 18 and over. Programs are open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming” (www.usms.org). Masters practices are organized, relaxed, include swimmers of all ages and abilities (many swimmers are over 80 years old!) and are usually led by a coach.

Information on local masters groups can be found on the www.usms.org website. So take the plunge and enjoy!