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 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 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 Aquatic 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 pandemic has made our waitlist difficult to assess as people’s comfort level swimming indoors has fluctuated.  Prior to the pandemic, the wait was 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 5 days to respond and join the team.

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 that 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 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 $80. 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: 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 the 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 5 days to complete the registration process. If you do not respond the slot will go to the next person on the wait list. If you receive an invitation but are not yet comfortable swimming indoors due to the pandemic, let us know and we will keep you on the list for the next opening.  If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are no longer interested in joining.  You must be a member of USMS before you can join DCRP.