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Masters


As a squad we cater for adult male and female swimmers (age 18+) of all abilities, and have dedicated coaches to run our swim sessions and most importantly improve on our technique. Swimmers aged 18-24 are classified as senior swimmers and age 25+ are Masters.


In terms of competing we compete both as a team (we have about 30 swimmers in the Masters squad currently) and as individuals in many events ranging from Hart Club galas to County, Regional, National and International competitions.  We have a fine pool of swimming talent already but are always looking for new members.


To date, the Hart Masters squad has been very successful at all levels of competition:  


We are a very friendly bunch.  We train hard and also play hard and there are a number of social events that take place during the course of the year.  Often after swimming competitions we will all recover with a curry and beer and wine.


Do you already swim laps for fitness but want more motivation? It may be that you want to train and compete seriously as a Masters swimmer? Possibly, you’re a tri-athlete looking to complement your triathlon training in a club environment? Then Hart Swim Club Masters may be what you are looking for. 

What is Hart SC Masters?

Training Sessions & Fees

Session

Time

Venue

Thursday      

20.30-22.00

Hart Leisure Centre

Sunday        

20.30-22.00

Hart Leisure Centre



How  to Join


If you are interested in joining our Masters team then contact our Membership Secretary to arrange your free trial.  


Your trial would take place over three sessions (Sunday evenings) and you would be placed in a lane with swimmers of a similar ability.  The Masters Coach would run you through techniques and drills for the session and give you feedback at the end.  Your fellow swimmers will give you advice during the swim sets to ensure your trial experience is a positive one and that you want to come back for more!

An introduction to Masters swimming in Great Britain   

Masters swimming began in the USA in the 1970s when some formerly 'elite' swimmers organised a competition for adult swimmers. The sport has now spread all over the world.


Masters swimming is basically swimming for adults. It encompasses the whole range of ability from casual fitness swimming to highly organised competitive swimming.


To qualify as a 'Masters' swimmer you only need to be over 25 years of age. Masters competitions are organised in five-year age bands, from 25-29 and upwards as required. The oldest age group result so far is from the 100-104 group! Many competitions also include an 18-24 age group, called Seniors.


Masters swimming welcomes everyone, no matter what your reason is for swimming. How far you go with the Masters Swimming system is up to you.

The broad objectives of better health, better fitness, and friendship between swimmers are paramount. There is no compulsion on swimmers to compete - a major survey of British Masters swimmers showed that the majority of them rarely do!


The ASA and Masters


The ASA is naturally keen to encourage swimming as a fitness-improving activity and as a sport.  It has a standing Masters Committee, which is active in the promotion of Masters swimming and in encouraging new Masters-based activities.


There are currently some 5,000 swimmers of Masters age (25 and upward) registered with the ASA. There are also about 400 clubs that either have Masters’ sections or are dedicated to Masters Swimming. 

Information courtesy of Swimming.org

Masters swim in 5-year Age bands - the Senior (S) age group is 18 - 24 (individuals must be 18 on the first day of the competition). There is no ‘upper age limit’, you can keep going unil 100+

S

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

II

J

K

L

18-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45-49

50-54

55-59

60-64

65-69

70-74

75-79

80-83

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