Check out our “Masters Swimming 101” article series for tips on what to bring to practice; learn how to circle swim, read the clock, and more; and get definitions for common swimming jargon. If you want to learn more, check out our frequently asked questions below.
Frequently Asked Questions about U.S. Masters Swimming
What is U.S. Masters Swimming?
U.S. Masters Swimming is a national membership-operated nonprofit that provides membership benefits to nearly 65,000 Masters swimmers across the country. These benefits include insurance, SWIMMER magazine, sanctioned events, and more. USMS and its 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs) provide direct support to more than 1,500 Masters Swimming clubs and workout groups. Structure and organization of USMS programs vary and are driven by factors such as pool availability, instructor or coach availability, community support, and finances. The majority of locations offering Masters Swimming programs have coaches on deck. Coaches write workouts and provide feedback and instruction.
The word "Masters" sounds intimidating. Do I have to be an expert?
Does USMS offer learn-to-swim classes or swim lessons?
What if I don't think I'm fast enough to be a Masters swimmer?
I swim on my own. Why should I join USMS?
I'm a triathlete. Why should I join USMS?
What can I expect when I attend a USMS practice?
Check out our “Masters Swimming 101” article series for tips on what to bring to practice; learn how to circle swim, read the clock, and more; and get definitions for common swimming jargon. Try to swim in a lane that fits your ability and don’t get discouraged! Swimming is different than running, cycling, and other endurance activities. Regardless of your fitness level, it can take months to get into good swimming shape. And don’t be shy—ask for help; most Masters swimmers and coaches are happy to welcome new members. Camaraderie and new friends are two of the best benefits of swimming regularly with a group.
Do I have to join USMS to swim in a Masters practice?
I'm convinced! What do I do now?
Find a program
If you're looking for a group to swim with, use our Club Finder tool to find a program. You can search by zip code and view listings near you. Most programs will let you try them out before you join.
Once you've found a program, or if you swim on your own, dive right in through our online registration system—it only takes a few minutes. The USMS National Office can answer any questions you may have.