Swimming – For Lifelong fitness and wellness
Masters Swimming is a great excuse to get out of the house and do something good for yourself. The concept of Masters swimming began in the 1970s and has members in the dozens of countries from all corners of the globe.
Triathlons and Long Distance Swimming are increasingly popular as well. Our Swimming with the Dolphins program offers workouts geared to these swimmers. We have trained athletes to swim proficiently in their first triathlon, as well as several established Ironman competitors (including the 2014 silver medalist). In 2016, we trained an athlete who earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the triathlon and finished the swim portion in the top 15.
Why is swimming becoming such a popular sport? As people get older, swimming is one of the few sports that can be continued throughout a person’s entire life.
The benefits of swimming are documented. One of the most important aspects is that it is a non-weight bearing sport. Other benefits include:
- Reduction of physical and mental stress
- Weight loss and control
- Strengthens the heart and improves circulation
- Improvement of overall quality of life by helping people stay in good physical condition year-round
- Eases stress on joints and is therefore an ideal exercise for people with physical disabilities
Masters and Long Distance Swimming is a sport for both non-competitive (fitness) swimmers and competitive swimmers. Many swimmers get into the sport because it offers organized workouts and can offer a strong social component. For those that choose to compete, swimmers compete in their own age group by five-year age divisions. Swimmers can begin Masters at age 18 in the United States (age 25 in other countries), and the oldest Masters are nearly 100 years old. Workouts are divided by speed and ability, and swimmers can be challenged to their own personal preference.Masters Swimming has grown from a handful of interested adult swimmers to thousands who compete at regional, national and international levels. To learn more about Masters Swimming, check out the following links on the worldwide web.
- www.usms.org (national governing body for Masters Swimming)
- www.fina.org (worldwide governing body for Swimming and Masters Swimming)
- www.azlmsc.org (Arizona Masters Swimming regional website)
Masters Program — NO U.S. MASTERS MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED!
La Paloma Country Club, 3660 E Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718
Tuesday – 6:30–7:30 pm
Wednesday – 6:00 – 7:00 am
Thursday – 6:30–7:30 pm
Friday – 6:00–7:00 am
Saturday – 7:00 – 8:00 am
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Swimming with the Dolphins Program
U of A Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, 1827 E. Enke Dr., Tucson
Sunday – 1:30 – 3:15 pm
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***If you can’t fit our swim training sessions into your schedule, consider becoming a part of our E-WORKOUT program!***
See table below for pricing. Swimmers can also pay a $10 drop-in fee per workout.
For ALL swim practices, you will need to have the following equipment. Pool facilities are not obliged to provide equipment for your swim practice and often do not have adequate or appropriate equipment for your practice needs.
- Goggles – clear or light colored for nighttime swimming and darker goggles for daytime swimming
- Swimming Cap – silicone (no spandex)
- Swimming Suit
- (Optional) Hand Paddles – choose smaller-sized paddles if you are a beginner
- (Optional) Fins – longer blades work best for beginners; advanced swimmers should try the short blade fins
- (Optional) Mesh swim bag to hold swim gear – consider these options
- (Optional) Kickboard — consider these options
Are there tryouts?
No. If you think you might have problems or need some help to get a jump start for Masters workouts, schedule one swimming lesson with Jeff Commings or Geoff Glaser through this SCHEDULE LESSONS link.
Want to join Masters? Follow these steps:
- To join the Team, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: your address including zip code; your phone numbers; your preferred e-mail address for e-billing; the month you would like to begin practices.
To learn more about Masters Swimming or Swimming with the Dolphins, click here to contact us