Masters Swimming: Fitness and Competition for adults
Crawfish Aquatics offers fitness swimming and competitive swimming for adults ages 19 and up. Our Masters team offers professional assistance to the novice and the most experienced swimmer to develop and enhance their ability for fitness or competition. Participation in competitive meets is not required for membership however it is offered throughout the year for our members. Many members participate in triathlon events, biathlon events and Masters swimming competitions organized by Louisiana Masters Swimming Corporation. Swimmers ages19 and older are welcome to participate and become a part of our program. The Masters program is the largest in the state and among the largest in the Southeast U.S.
Masters and Triathlete Program FAQ
1. Why swim with Crawfish Aquatics?
Swimming is a great exercise. Our programs and pools are available year-round. We offer organized and professionally coached practices with stroke instruction and it is fun.
2. I can’t swim all the strokes, not a very fast swimmer and I am not sure I can finish the workout. How good do I have to be?
Crawfish Aquatics welcomes swimmers of all abilities from nationally ranked to novice. Our coaching staff will work with you to help your endurance and technique of strokes. You don’t have to know all four strokes. Workouts are adjusted to take into account your ability level.
3. What if I’m to slow for the others in a lane?
The coach on deck helps organize the lanes to where you are swimming with others comparable to your ability in swimming.
4. What is the membership of Crawfish Aquatics like?
It ranges in age from 20 to 70+ year olds. Some swim for fitness and others to compete as master’s swimmers and/or triathletes.
5. What are the workouts like?
Each workout last up to 1.5 hours (Don’t worry if you can’t stay the whole time or initially can’t finish the workout). The coach gives the sets, which vary by distance per lane. The more advanced lanes generally swim up to 4,000 yards and it ranges down to about 2,500 yards. We work on drills to improve your strokes and give individual stroke instruction during the practice. The workouts are fun and social but at same time challenging.
6. Can I try a few swims before I sign up?
Sure, the first three practices; just show up and tell the coach you would like to check out the program. All you need is a suit, goggles, towel and caps are optional. We do use other equipment but the coach will recommend what you need when you join.
7. Do I have to compete?
No, but we do offer the opportunity to compete by hosting events like time trial meets, traveling to away meets and open water swims.
We inform the team of competitive meets for swimmers interested in competing. Some Masters choose not to compete, but join to enjoy the benefits of coached workouts, exercise of swimming and to meet other active adults.
Each practice will focus on a variety of aspects of competitive swimming. The primary objective will be to improve each swimmer stroke efficiency while increasing their speed and aerobic capacity. Swimmers stroke efficiency will improve through stroke analysis, technique corrections and mastering of stroke corrective drills. Endurance training will increase swimmers aerobic capacity. Speed will improve as swimmers become more efficient in the water and their endurance increases.
Practices are set up as following:
Monday – Distance
Tuesday – IM
Wednesday – Mid-distance
Thursday – Strokes
Friday – Sprints
Saturday – 1 ½ hour work – different each week!
If you would like to see what the Masters group is all about, please feel free to come to one of practices and try us out for one week free of charge. All paperwork to join can be given at the beginning or end of a practice.