Masters Swimming Australia has developed a program which caters for all levels of swimming ability.
You may be able to swim only 25 metres, you may have been a school champion and competitive swimmer, or you may be swimming laps to improve your fitness and well-being.
Whatever level you are, you will benefit from the range of activities offered by Masters Swimming.
Clubs provide many ways to help you measure your progress:
- Coaching programs to increase distance swum;
- Stroke correction to improve stroke technique;
- Aerobic swimming to improve your cardio-vascular fitness;
- Time trials or handicapped races;
- Interclub carnivals to swim against others your age.
Interclub Swim Meets
Masters Swimming NSW co-ordinates interclub swim meets which are held about twice a month.
These are open to all members regardless of ability. At interclub swim meets you will swim against others of the same pace, regardless of age or gender. Your time is entered into our computer and graded against other swimmers in your age group (18-24, 25-29 and so-on in five-year age bands). Points are allocated from fastest to slowest and then added to determine the club with the most points and the club with the highest average point score.
A social event is sometimes held after a meet and your family is welcome to attend.
See our Meet Calendar page for dates of sanctioned interclub swim meets. Entry details available from your club.
Each interclub carnival includes relay events where four swimmers from each club compete as a team.
The combined age of the team is placed in an age group of 72-119, 120-159, 160-199, 200-239, 240-279, 280-319, or 320-359.
Open Water Swims
Some Masters competitors choose to go as a group to Open Water swims organised by other associations. See Ocean Swims Website for details of Open Water Swims.
If you live in a remote area or have other commitments on weekends, postal swims are ideal for you.
You can swim in your local pool and enter your times in competitions by post or email. These times may be recorded at your club or at other events of the organisation. These are held in NSW, interstate and overseas.
Masters Swimming NSW conducts four major state level competitions each year:
- Long Course Championships (50m pool) usually in Autumn;
- Short Course (25m pool) usually in Spring in a country region;
- Relay Meet;
- Long Distance Championships.
Medals are awarded for first three place getters in each age group in all individual events and clubs compete for perpetual trophies.
See the Sanctioned Meets Calendar page for date of next Branch Championships event.
Each year an Australian National Championships is held in rotation by one of the Branches of Masters Swimming Australia. There are no qualifying times for these meets. It is a great opportunity to travel in the company of fellow swimmers.
The National Championships were last held in Sydney in April 2013, and was in Perth in WA in 2018.
2019 will see the championships hosted in Adelaide, South Australia.
Further details available on the MSA website.
National Swim Series
The Masters Swimming Australia National Swim Series boasts a mix of long and short course meets across Australia. It rewards members’ participation and performance in any of the meets, with members only needing to swim two meets to be eligible for prizes, but the more meets you enter, the better the multiplier for your points.
The series will generally comprise eight meets annually, with one nominated meet from each of the Masters Swimming Branches, plus the highlight -the MSA National Championships. So travel Australia & make new friends, by swimming at any of the eight pool competitions throughout the year.
For more information and results, click…here
Vorgee Endurance 1000 Program
The Endurance 1000 program is designed to promote aerobic fitness by providing an incentive to swim longer distances.
The program commences with 400 metre swims and progresses to continuous swimming for 1 hour. Members set goals as to which Endurance swims they can achieve.
Swimmers are awarded points for each Endurance 1000 swim completed and these individual point scores go towards the club’s tally. The club with the highest point score wins the Vorgee Endurance 1000 Champion Club Trophy at the end of each calendar year.
For more information and results, click…here
Records are kept for each age group, in all strokes and distances, both Long Course and Short Course from 50m to 800m, plus 1500m for Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke.
Records are kept at Branch, National and World levels.
Both current and historical listings of State records for NSW Branch, and National records may be viewed on the Masters Swimming Australia Results Portal.
FINA world records may be viewed on the FINA website.
Top Ten Rankings
Masters Swimming Australia has a website which publishes times swum by members. Times are recorded for swims at sanction meets, club time trials and Endurance 1000 swims, and are shown for each age group in all strokes and distances for the calendar year. They are available for both short course and long course swims. They may be viewed on the Masters Swimming Australia Results Portal.