Masters Swimming

 

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Master Swimming

The word “Master” swimmer has nothing to do with your skill level or competency, just your age. Unfortunately, the name can be intimidating to some people. Masters swimming is truly for everyone! You must be 18 years old to be a Masters swimmer.  Nationally, there are 45,000 registered Masters swimmers. Masters are split into age groups of five year blocks beginning with 18-24, 25-29, 30-35, all the way up to 98+. 

 

Categories of Swimmers
The SwimMAC Masters & Adult Fitness program welcomes people of any ability level. We have three basic categories of swimmers:
1) Fitness
2) Triathlon training
3) Competitive

We encourage competition (both in a pool and/or open water), but it is not mandatory, and we find that once an athlete gets to a comfortable competency, they enjoy the competitive and social aspects of swimming that go along with competition and practice. When people look into the possibility of joining a Masters team, one of the stumbling points has to do with the following questions, “Am I fast enough?” “Am I good enough?”

With our program there are just two prerequisites for joining. Anyone who joins needs to have both time and patience. Swimming is a very technical, athletic skill, sometimes very underrated. It looks very easy on TV! Swimming is more like a bottle of wine than a microwave. A good bottle of wine requires a bunch of grapes and time to ferment. Microwaving is fast, quick and result oriented. Learning and acquiring swimming skills is more like the fermentation process……it takes time to produce something like Michael Phelps or even just your first lap!

Breathing is normally the biggest obstacle for adults who want to learn and enjoy swimming as a form of fitness. Learning to breathe properly has steps which lead to rhythmic breathing. Learning to breathe is about patience and the ability to do many repetitions. Most adults underestimate themselves and their ability. In our program, swimmers will get direction and encouragement from both the coaches and their pool pals.

Why Be Involved in Masters Swimming? See How It Can Change Your Life!
Everyone in the pool has a story. Everyone in the pool has a respect for the person swimming beside them. No matter what your skill level, there is a place for you in the pool. Swimming is one of those sports where you don’t have to sit on the bench, waiting to play. Everyone plays, everyday, the whole time. Everyone’s journey in the pool is unique.

How do I sign-up?
We have practices in south Charlotte and in the Huntersville/Concord/Davidson area.
Training Schedule
Interested? Contact head Masters coach Kerry Lindauer at klindauer@swimmaccarolina.org

What do I need?
Suit, goggles, fins, paddles, pull buoy, snorkel and kick board.

Your swim needs can be accommodated through the Carolina Swim Shop, two locations, one at the SwimMAC Training Center at 9850 Providence Rd (within the Charlotte Latin School campus) and one at the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center (HFFA).