Masters swimming is essentially swimming for adults - with swimmers participating from a casual level up to a highly competitive level. Although a competitor is only officially classed as a "master" from 25years +, competitions normally include an 18-24 year old ("seniors") category as well.
Each of the City of Oxford Masters training sessions lasts for an hour and a half. The pool is divided into lanes, catering for a range of abilities. Our coach devises and guides us through a swimming "set", which everyone swims to according to their ability. Sessions often focus on freestyle, as well as incorporating the other three strokes. For details of training times and locations please see the Training and Membership page.
The Oxford Masters Swimming Squad is part of the wider City of Oxford Swimming Club (COSC), which caters for all ages. For more details please see: http://www.oxfordswim.com/
For most people goggles are an essential, and most swimmers (especially those with long hair) prefer to wear a swimming hat. We recommend that you also bring a drink with you to each session.
Other bits of equipment that we use are:
But don't worry if you don't have these items as they are non-essential, and a number of people choose to complete the sessions without them.
If you'd like to try the City of Oxford Masters Swimming Club, please come along and give it a go for free. If you'd like more information about trying a session please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may find the Glossary of Key Terms and section on Swimming Sets useful to understand some of the terminology used in sessions but don't worry: the swimmers in your lane will be happy to explain things to you as you go along.