Swimming is a great way to stay in shape, but it can be a bit tedious and boring to spend hours in the pool alone. If you want to improve your skills and meet some like-minded individuals, you may want to consider joining a swim club. They're not just for kids and can benefit people of most ages and skill levels.
How do I get started?
Joining a swim club is as simple as just showing up for a practice. To find out when and where groups are working out, you can find a list of teams on U.S. Masters Swimming's website. You could also ask the staff of your local recreation center. If you have the contact information of the team's leader or coach, be sure to call ahead to make sure the details are current.
What kind of equipment will I need?
To start, you will only need what you probably already have: a practice swimsuit, a swim cap and goggles. If in the future you decide to compete on the Masters circuit, you will need to get a racing swimsuit. Teams will often provide training equipment like kickboards and pull buoys.
Will it cost me any money?
Some swim clubs charge a small fee mainly to cover the cost of using the pool. The exact amount will vary by region. If you are a first time visitor, this cost is usually waived. To save money, you may want to check with your employer or health insurance company to see if they offer reimbursements for joining a fitness club.