U.S. Masters Swimming
Don't let the name scare you - you don't have to be an expert to participate. Men and women, ages 18 to 100+, can participate! Masters swimming is an adult aquatic fitness program for individuals who have chosen aquatics as their means of exercise for a healthier lifestyle. U.S. Masters Swimming programs are for ALL ABILITIES and for individual goals for what you wish to accomplish. Masters has a small fee per year and a lot of support from fellow swimmers. The YMCA can be your affiliated team when going to Masters Swim Meets - our swim name and how to register is on this page. No coach or regular schedule for practices are available at the Bob Freesen YMCA at this time, but workouts will be available on the pool deck for you to share with other Masters Swimmers (just remember to leave them on deck so all can benefit from them). You don't have to have any swim meet experience to try a meet. You will find a great group of people who will help you and cheer you on at any Masters Swim Meet. Just try it once and you will be hooked. You can even go and do only one or two events of your choice.
Swimming is an activity that burns lots of calories, is easy on the joints, supports your weight, builds muscular strength and endurance, improves cardiovascular fitness, cools you off and refreshes you in summer, and one that you can do safely into old age.
Designated lanes to swim laps are available at different times of the day and evening. Lap Swimming Tips - there are more members than lanes, so if there are 1 or 2 swimmers in a lane, they may elect to split the lane in half. If a their person comes to the lane, it immediately changes to circle swimming format. (Swim in a clockwise motion down one side of the line on one way and the other side of the line on the way back. A diagram is provided in the pool area if you have any questions.) But be prepared to share with other members.
Adult Swim Lessons
Adult Swim Lessons are available when instructors are available. Call the aquatics director to see if you can arrange some lessons if you are interested.
U.S. Masters Swimming Membership Benefits:
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U.S. Masters Swimming,
Lap Swim &
Adult Swim Lessons
HOW TO JOIN U.S. MASTERS SWIMMING WITH THE BOB FREESEN YMCA CLUB:
In 2018 Registration fee consists of national (USMS) fee plus a required local (LMSC) fee.
National Fee: $43.30
Local IL Fee: $ 8.00
$51.30 Total fee
Go to the U.S. Masters Swimming website:
At the top of the page is a red strip,
click on the Membership Menu
Then click the Join or Renew drop-down menu
fill out the forms:
To join for the first time:
Click the blue box with Join USM
To Renew Your Membership:
Click on the red box with Renew Your Membership
You will be asked which LMSC you wish to register in: (You will be presented with a map or scroll down menu during the registration process) Look under Illinois Clubs (scroll down and look for our club name) XSWM (Swimming with Illinois Masters).
Our Club name is: XSWM (Swimming with Illinois Masters).
If you are renewing: your permanent # will be your USMS # Put in only the numbers and letters that come after the dash in that number.
You will pay with a credit card.
Once the registration process is completed, you can print a copy of your membership card and start using your membership immediately to register for meets and take advantage of discounts from U.S. Masters Swimming Partners listed on this page.
Other U.S. Masters Swimming Benefits include Organized Workout Plans. We will have some workouts available on deck for Masters Swimmers to use and leave at the facility.
More benefits are listed in the flyer from U.S. Masters Swimming on this page.
We will try to list information when any of our members attend swim meets. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.