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Master Swim


The John P. Thayer YMCA is proud to offer United States Master Swimming!

This program is designed to promote the sport of swimming, improve individual ability, and create a challenging environment with other swim enthusiasts

Workouts are focused on technique, performance, and avoiding the risk of injury. We are part of a National Organization (USMS) with more than 50,000 members.


  • Registration can be done online or in-person at the John P. Thayer YMCA

  • Participants must also register through United States Masters Swimming before starting with us in the water.

  • Sessions run quarterly

    1. January - March​

    2. April - June

    3. July - September

    4. October - December

  • Participants are encouraged to sign-up at the beginning of a quarter/training session to take full advantage of each practice.

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Day(s): Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time: 5:00 a.m. -  6:30 a.m.


  • USMS Registration Fee: $60.00

  • YMCA Registration Fee

    • Member Rate: $85.00​

    • Non-Member Rate: $100.00

*Payment is per quarter and cannot be prorated. Space is limited.

The word "masters" sounds intimidating. Do I have to be an expert?

The word "masters" was first applied to adults who participated in track and field and was later adopted in organized adult swimming. In swimming, "masters" simply means 18 years and old.


Ability levels range from talented beginner to elite Tri-Athlete. There is room for everyone - Don't think you're not good enough! We offer regularly scheduled practices with a USA Swimming certified coach on deck.


What if I don't think I'm fast enough to participate in the Master Swim program?

This is something we hear often. However, most Master coaches and fellow swimmers are not concerned about your swim speed. You will be in the company of fellow swimmers of similar ability. Please don't let your perceived ability, or lack thereof, hold you back from participating in the program!

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