Our History

New England Masters Swimming, originally founded in 1972, has grown from just a handful of small teams in the area to over 90 teams in the past two decades. Some of these teams or workout groups have multiple swim sites and swim groups. Membership is just under 1800 members. Our swimmers range in ability from having never swum a stroke to Olympic Trial qualifiers. All of them have shared the same passion for swimming, friendship and competition, a legacy that has led to one of the most recognized swimming organizations in the country.

Is New England Masters Swimming for me?

What are the benefits?
Share and enjoy your swimming with others.
Improve your overall fitness.
Improve your swimming technique.
Become stronger.
Reduce stress.
If you choose to, swim in meets as an individual swimmer or as part of a team.

How old do I need to be to join?
18. But all ages on up are welcome.

What if I am not in good shape?
It’s one of the main reasons so many join and stay in Masters. It’s a great way to get in shape and stay in shape and have fun doing it.

I’m not fast. Will I be out of place?
New England Masters swimmers range in abilities and interests from lap swimmers and fitness swimmers to competitive minded swimmers and triathletes. Regardless of your swimming ability and swimming interests, you will be with other swimmers who share your enjoyment of swimming.

How can I be in a workout group?
We encourage you to join a workout group for camaraderie, coaching, and commitment. There’s likely to be a workout group near you that will meet your needs.

I’m a self-coached swimmer. What does New England Masters offer me?
A motivating environment for swimming regularly, improving your stroke, and a chance to get to know other swimmers. It’s up to you whether you stay self-coached or join a group.

What about swim meets?
About half of the members of the New England Masters Swim Club, Inc., don’t compete. Swim in meets if you want to. It’s your choice. New England Masters offers two championship meets plus numerous small meets. Whether you’re ultra-fast, sort of medium, or not fast at all, you’ll find others with similar abilities and desire.

What will I get as a member?
Added motivation to swim regularly and improve your fitness.
The opportunity to improve your stroke.
The opportunity to meet and know other swimmers.
Swim meets if you want to compete or check your speed.
A subscription to SWIMMER magazine.
The club’s website, newsletter, and E-mail.
Secondary accident insurance coverage at meets and supervised workouts when all participants are USMS members.

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