Do I need swimming experience to join?
Prospective members must be able to:
Swim all four strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle).
Swim 3000 yards in 1.5 hours.
Swim repeats of at least 200 yards on an interval.
Example: swim 5 x 200 on 4:00 each.
I want to check out a workout! What do I do next?
First, sign up for United States Masters Swimming. You must also complete the combined USMS & University of Washington waiver form here. You must bring the completed waiver to your first practice.
What is United States Masters Swimming (USMS)?
USMS is a nationwide swimming program for adults aged 18+. For more information, click here. All swimmers must be current USMS members to join or try out a workout. All Masters teams require current membership for insurance purposes. Here’s how to register:
If you’re already registered with another team or registered as unattached, no problem! Please bring your current USMS number to your first workout.
To register with our workout group (Husky Masters), please follow these instructions when you register:
Select PNA (Pacific Northwest Association of Masters Swimmers) as the USMS local masters swim club (also known as the LMSC).
Select PSM (Puget Sound Masters) as the Club.
Finally, select HMST (Husky Masters Swim Team) as the Workout Group.
Can I try out a workout to see if it is for me?
Yes, prospective members can try us out for free! Bring your completed waiver form to your first workout. Please aim to arrive about 10-15 minutes prior to the workout so you can alert the coach that you are new, turn in the waiver form, and find the right lane for you.
I enjoyed the trial workout. How do I pay to swim with the team?
Husky Masters offers three forms of payment:
Quarter Pass (non-student rate or student rate);
Punch Pass (10 swims); or
Payments may be made online via PayPal or by cash/check in person at the pool.
Payments made by cash/check receive a $5 discount. The cash/check discount applies to Quarter Passes (with or without a shirt) and Punch Passes (with or without a shirt) only.
Do punch passes expire?
Yes, punch passes expire annually in August at the end of the summer quarter.
I’m just visiting from out of town and want to attend a few workouts.
Awesome! We always welcome visitors. Just be sure to fill out and bring the waiver form and the $15 drop-in fee.
I don’t think I’m ready to join or try it out yet. What can I do to prepare?
Many Seattle public pools offer private or group swim lessons for adults. We recommend taking some time to learn each stroke and to build up your endurance.
Do you offer private lessons or private coaching if I want to improve?
Unfortunately, due to space and time constraints, we do not. However, our coaches are always willing to provide helpful technical advice during workouts!
Do you compete?
Many of our swimmers compete in local, national, and international meets and open water races. While competition isn’t required, it’s definitely encouraged!
What are the workouts like?
In our 6-lane pool, we have categorized each lane by speed and ability, with Lane 1 being the fastest lane.
Lane 1 typically does 4500-6000 yards per workout. 10 X 100s free on 1:10 to 1:15.
Lane 6 typically does 3000-3500 yards per workout. 10 x 100s free on 1:50 or 2:00.
Workouts vary by theme, such as freestyle, IM, stroke, mid-distance/distance, sprint, dryland+swim, etc. Depending on the season and day of the week, there will be 18-34 people attending each workout.
Workouts are professionally coached by experienced swimmers (many of whom are UW students and current Husky Masters swimmers).
Can I come to practice late?
While coming late is sometimes unavoidable, we do discourage coming late as this is disruptive to the swimmers already in the pool. If you do come late, we ask that you please talk to the coach and coordinate with your lane prior to entering the pool in order to make sure you are on the correct set.
Do I have to attend every workout?
Some swimmers come just once a quarter, while others attend every workout. It’s up to you and your fitness goals!
Do you have social events?
We are a very social group, often traveling together to meets, swimming in open water, and planning happy hour gatherings together. Everyone is welcome! Check out our Facebook page.