District of Columbia Recreation and Parks Masters Swim Team

District of Columbia Recreation and Parks Masters Swim Team


Q: How often do you work out?

We have workouts from 6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturdays.

Q: Where do you practice?

We practice at Wilson Recreation Center. For address and directions visit the Pools & Practice page.

Q: How long is the waitlist and how long before I get my spot?

Because we have limited practice time and space, we can only admit new members when there is room in the lanes for additional swimmers.  In addition, we are at a popular facility which increases the interest.  The current wait is approximately 3 years.  You may want to look into other teams in the area that are larger with more capacity.  When you reach the top of the wait list, we send you an invitation via email, and you have 3 days to respond and join the team.

Q: Do team members have to come to all the workouts?

No, but members must attend at least two workouts a month. Please see the Policies page for more details.

Q: How difficult are your workouts?

It varies by lane. Our workouts are usually about 3,000 to 4,000 yards and involve sets of freestyle and stroke. You don’t have to do the entire workout.

Q: Do you have a coach?

Yes, we have several members that coach on a rotating basis.

Q: Do you compete?

Some of our members compete in swim meets; others do not. Our team hosts two meets each year (July and December) and encourages team members to participate. Many swimmers on our team compete in open water swims, such as the annual Reston Lake swim and the annual Chesapeake Bay race. Quite a few of our members are triathletes. Most swam for high school or college teams.

Q: How old are the members of your team?

Our members range from their 20s to their 70s.

Q: Do I have to be able to swim fast?

No, you don’t.

Q: Do I have to know how to do flip turns?

You don’t have to, but it helps, and most team members do flip turns.

Q: How much does it cost to join?

The Annual Fee for DC residents is $180 and Non-resident fee is $225, paid in three installments. In addition, all members must pay annual dues to USMS, the national masters swimming association, which provides insurance for our team. The USMS dues are about $50 a year. Both payments should be made online. See Join DCRP page for details and links.

Q: Are there any other requirements for joining?

Yes, you must attend at least two practices per month. We also strongly encourage members to volunteer for up to four hours at specified events including the Youth Black History Meet in February, the DCRP Masters Swim Meet in July or a DC Youth Swim Clinic on dates to be determined. Our fees remain low due to our partnership with the city which includes the volunteer obligation.

Q: What if I only swim once a week or part of the year? Do you prorate?

No, we do not prorate since our fees are so low.

Q: What do I do if I want to join?

Put your name on wait list. You will receive an email when we have space. At that point, if you decide to join, you must complete an application form and submit payment online on our Join DCRP page. You will have 72 hours to complete the registration process. If you do not respond the slot will go to the next person on the wait list. You must be a member ofUSMS before you can join DCRP.