Masters swimmer

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Heidi George, an American world-class masters swimmer and professional marathon swimmer from California

noun - A masters swimmer is an adult who participates in formalized adult swimming training programs or competitive swimming events. The masters swimming events include competitions in a pool (short-course yards, short-course meters, long-course meters) or in open bodies of water (e.g., oceans, lakes, bays, rivers). It is a fast-growing leisure and competitive activity.

Age Groups

Masters swimmers compete within age groups of five years: 19-24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, and 100+.

U.S. Masters Swimming

United States Masters Swimming is the governing body of masters swimming in the United States, sponsoring competition at all levels both in the pool and in the open water. In addition, it sponsors programs for non-competitive "fitness" swimmers who train primarily for the health benefits that the activity offers to the aging athlete.

Masters Swimming Canada

Masters Swimming Canada is the governing body of Masters Swimming in Canada, listing swim clubs, competitions and provincial master swim associations.

Swimming Styles

There are individual swimming events for the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley and 4 types of relays that are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) or its respective member organisations.

Recognized Types of Competition


adult swimmer, fitness swimmer, master swimmer

WOWSA Live Interview

with masters swimmers Hank Wise, Lyle Nalli, Ted Bramble and Benjamin Landis

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