We swim in several lanes catering to a wide range of abilities, from social to serious. At a minimum, we ask that you can swim at least 100m of continuous freestyle. If you are not quite there yet, we recommend a learn-to-swim session at your local pool.
Do I need to bring equipment, or do you provide it?
We provide kick boards, pull buoys, and fins for general use, but if you stick with it you may find you prefer to have your own. To every session you should bring
- a bottle of water – yes you can get dehydrated while swimming.
- Goggles – Chlorine in the eyes just isn’t a good time, and we strongly encourage being able to see where you’re going – if you stick with it and you wear glasses, then there are places online where you can order prescription goggles.
- Swimmers/Togs/Cossie/Bathers – whatever you call it, you should bring your swimwear see below about style suggestions.
- A Towel. You’re gonna get wet, and you’re going to want to get dry.
- A can-do attitude! This isn’t strictly necessary, but it’ll make things more fun for everyone.
What do I need to wear in the pool?
You can wear whatever togs you feel most comfortable in. Briefs, board shorts, bikinis, full-body suits – it doesn’t matter what you wear, as long as you feel comfortable.
Once you get into it, you’ll find that togs designed for competitive swimming such as one-piece bathers for girls and briefs/trunks for the boys are the most comfortable, but that decision is yours. You may even want to purchase a pair of sexy Aqualicious togs!
When do I have to become a member?
You can swim with us as a guest for up to 5 sessions or for one month, whichever comes first. After that, you need to become a member so that you’ll be covered by Masters Swimming Australia’s insurance, and you’ll also be allowed to compete in Masters swim meets (if you want).
There are great benefits to swimming with a squad compared to swimming alone. A little consideration for your lanemates will help you get the most from your swim sessions.
- Circle swim:
In most Australian pools, this means swimming on the left-hand side of the lane. Always swim clockwise, and stay to the left or you’ll bonk someone’s head.
- The wall:
Just before you reach the wall (and if there’s room) you can move to the centre of the lane to do your turn, but make sure you push off along the left-hand side of the lane (facing your new direction). Don’t push off in the middle of the lane or you’ll cut off the incoming swimmers.
- Don’t stop:
Please don’t stop in the middle of a length, or you’ll cause a pileup. Try to keep going to the end of the length. If you get a cramp and can’t get to the end, stick to the lane rope and ask for assistance if needed.
- The catch-up:
If someone catches up to you, don’t stop in the middle of a length to let them pass. Swim to the end of the length and immediately get over to the far left so they can pass. Push off after they’ve finished their push-off.
If you want to pass, be patient. Don’t swim over the top of the person in front, or try to speed around them. When you want to pass, gently tap or tag the toes of the person in front. This is the sign that they should stop at the end of the length and let you pass.
- Don’t tailgate:
Wait 5-10 seconds before you push off behind someone. It’s annoying if you stay right at a swimmer’s feet and don’t signal to pass. Or, worse yet, if you keep hitting their feet every time you take a stroke.
- On the ropes:
No pulling on the lane ropes! They are under high tension and can cause a major injury if they snap.
- More wall:
Start and finish each swim at the wall. If you finish by stopping before the wall, you prevent the people behind you from finishing at the wall.
- The others:
We’re all in this together, so a bit of time considering your lanemates goes a long way.
- Captain, My Captain:
Your coach is giving up their time to design and run the sessions, so please do them the courtesy of paying attention.