It is important to understand that the CSL masters is not an instructional program. The coach, from time to time, will provide pointers on how to improve your technique, but there is a basic assumption that you can already swim. If you can swim 400 meters (16 lengths of a 25 meter pool) continuously within 13 minutes, then you have the basic endurance to start swimming with the masters.
Swimming sessions are either an hour or 90 minutes. The coach will write up a unique workout for each practice. The workouts are geared towards getting us to a common goal. Sometimes, it's a speed goal, sometimes it's an endurance goal. For 60 minute workouts, we will swim between 1800 and 3000 meters. For the 90 minute workouts, we will swim between 2600 and 4200 meters. The lanes are divided up by skill level so that you are swimming with people of similar speeds and endurance. We have about 40 members, an equal number of men and women, ranging in age from 30 to 65+.
From time to time, we have openings for new swimmers. Sometimes, we maintain a waiting list.
Can I come and try it out for one session?
Yes. Please contact the club registrar to discuss when an appropriate time may be.
I am a visiting masters swimmer from another club, can I join you?
Yes. We are welcome other masters swimmers. We do not charge deck fees for drop ins.
Do I have to do the same workout as everyone in my lane?
Yes. We have limited space in the lanes. Lanes and workouts will be assigned based on swim speed and ability. If you need a break, you can sit out a few lengths, but you will be requested to swim the same sets as the other swimmers on the same interval times.
How fast are you guys?
We have all varieties of abilities. Our faster swimmers, on an endurance set will swim at 1:30/100m pace, and our slower swimmers are at 3:00/100m pace.