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 6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturdays.

Q: Where do you practice?

Our usual site is Jackson Reed/Wilson Aquatic Center. However, currently, while that facility closes on and off for repairs, we are swimming at two alternative locations. Tuesdays and Thursdays we swim at Roosevelt High School. Saturdays we swim at Takoma Aquatic Center. For address and directions visit the Pools & Practice page.


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

No, but we encourage attendance so that we can have an active membership.

Q: How difficult are your workouts?

It varies by lane. Our workouts are usually about 3,000 to 4,500 yards and involve sets of freestyle and stroke. You do not have to do the entire workout, but we prefer people try and stay the whole 90 minutes. This helps your lane mates as well.

Q: Do you have a coach?

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

Q: Do you compete?

Some of our members compete in swim meets; others do not.  There are several meets a year in the Potomac Valley region.  Many swimmers on our team compete in open water swims, such as the annual Reston Lake swim and the annual Chesapeake Bay race. Some of our members are triathletes. Most swam for summer, high school, or college teams.

Q: How old are the members of your team?

Our members range from their 20s to their 80s.

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

No, you do not.  Swimmers choose their lane to swim with teammates of similar speed.

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

You do not have to, but it helps, and most team members do flip turns.

Q: How much does it cost to join?

We have seasonal (approximately quarterly) fees based on the DPR calendar.  The quarterly fee for DC residents is $70 and Non-resident fee is $75. We have a one-time initiation fee of $100. 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 $65 a year. Both payments should be made online. See Join DCRP page for details and links.

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?

Please go to our Join Us page and follow the instructions.  You will need a USMS number first; you must be a member of USMS before you can join DCRP.