Burlington Masters Swim Club (BMSC) – Summer Season
BMSC is geared towards adults aged 18 and over who are looking for a way to get or stay in shape, to develop their stroke, train to compete, and who are looking to have fun. We have members of all abilities: those who have only recently started or restarted swimming to those who have swam competitively for years. For those interested in competing, the summer swim program prepares athletes for the outdoor long course season, triathlon events as well as the Masters Open Water Provincial and National Championships. Workouts are held outdoors at the Mountainside long course (50m) pool and specific sessions will be designed to develop open water skills such as sighting, drafting, group swimming, and in-water starts. New members are accepted all season. For practice times and locations visit the BMSC website.
Being a resident of the City of Burlington is not required to be a member of BMSC. BMSC welcomes all, and has members coming from as far away as Mississauga, Stoney Creek, and Dundas.
BMSC Intro to Masters Swimming (Summer 2016) 1 SPOT LEFT
For the first time this summer, BMSC will run its Intro to Masters Swimming C group. This program has reached capacity every time it has run since it was started last spring with many participants repeating the program two or three times. To allow more swimmers to benefit from the program, BMSC will run two C groups this summer at 7:30pm Wednesday evenings at Mountainside Pool, Burlington allowing for a total of 16 swimmers to learn the basics of freestyle, backstroke, and flip turns. Please see below for additional information, and/or visit the BMSC website.
The BMSC Intro programs (titled Group C and C+) were created as an entry point for those interested in joining a masters swim club but are in need of stroke basics and simple conditioning. Descriptions of both C and C+ programs are below, along with a list of required and recommended equipment items.
Swimming Program Descriptions & Equipment Specs
Annual membership with Masters Swimming Ontario (MSO) is required to participate in BMSC programs as it provides our insurance coverage. Membership also provides access to all MSO sanctioned short course, long course, and open water swim competitions, access to all Masters Swimming Canada (MSC) sanctioned competitions across Canada, and access to international competitions. Annual membership fee with MSO is $35 and can be obtained through BMSC.
Winter Training Program (Sept – May)
For athletes training for the masters competitive indoor season, athletes in their off-season (i.e. triathletes/open water swimmers) working to improve stroke technique, efficiency, or simply to retain form, and for all who want to get fit, get healthy, and have fun doing so, the Burlington Masters Swim Club offers the workouts and setting to meet a wide spectrum of goals. Follow the link to the BMSC website for additional info and to register.
Summer Training Program (June – Aug)
For athletes training for the long course competitive swimming season, the open water and triathlon competitive season, and for those simply looking to get fit or maintain fitness while working out under the sun and clouds. Registration information is posted on the BMSC website typically in late April. Cost: $175 + MSO membership
Intro to Masters Swimming ‘Group C’
For swimmers looking to learn the fundamentals of freestyle and backstrokes. Both strokes are deconstructed into rudimentary components and practiced in order that the athlete gains competency and confidence in execution. The skills of closed (flip) turns and wall push offs are also taught. Sessions are 60 mins long, with 30mins of coaching and 30mins of open swim so that skills can be practiced in a relaxed environment outside of a workout. Programs run for 8 weeks with start dates in September, November, March and June. Registration information is posted on the BMSC website. Cost: $125 + MSO membership
Intro to Masters Swimming ‘Group C+’
For swimmers who have acquired proficiency in the freestyle and backstroke, and are looking to add on the fundamentals of the breaststrokes, butterfly strokes, and underwater dolphin kick (UDK). In addition, the skill of open turns is taught. Sessions are 60 mins long, with 30mins of coaching and 30mins of open swim so that skills can be practiced in a relaxed environment outside of a workout. Programs run for 5 weeks with start dates in September, November, and March. Registration information is posted on the BMSC website. Cost: $75 + MSO membership
Intro to Masters Swimming ‘Group D-ive Starts’ NEW for 2016 Winter Season
For swimmers who want to learn dive starts and swimmers who want to improve their dive starts for competition. Programs run for 3 weeks with start dates in September, November, and March. Registration information is posted on the BMSC website. Cost: $55 + MSO membership
Required equipment for all programs:
Goggles, a swim cap for long hair, and a bathing suit – one or two piece for ladies – will do, but fashion or sun bathing swimwear is not recommended.
Recommended equipment for Training programs:
Although equipment is not mandatory, workouts are designed to use the following items: pull buoys, fins specific to competitive swimming, and snorkels specific to competitive swimming [not scuba]. All of our training facilities have kickboards; however, some swimmers do invest in their own as those at the pools are thick and tend to float high in the water.
Recommended equipment for Intro programs:
Group C : Fins specific to competitive swimming [not scuba] are recommended. Fins reduce the effort required by making up for low flexibility and conditioning.
Group C+ : A pull buoy and snorkel specific to competitive swimming [not snorkeling/scuba] are recommended. A pull buoy allows the focus to be placed on the upper body without effort made to keep the lower body afloat. Snorkels allow for skills training to occur without interruption of body position and stroke because breathing is never restricted.
Group D-ive: nothing specifically; however, swim caps are typically worn at swim meets and some swimmers purchase goggles with a flatter profile to reduce the risk of losing goggles during a dive start.
Pull buoys, fins, snorkels and kickboards are investment pieces used by all levels of competitive swimmers and triathletes.