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Navydad
February 12th, 2010, 06:21 PM
I really don't know where to post this, as i've posted in the virginia section and it seems very dead... I'm living in norfolk,Va. and haven't swam or coached in 6-7 years. I'm looking to get back in a pool, but don't know of anything in the area... was hoping somebody could help me out. I would greatly, GREATLY appreciate it!

KEWebb18
February 12th, 2010, 07:53 PM
You might want to check out the Virginia Masters Swim Team Page, there are places to swim and hopefully you can find a group there.
www.vmst.org

Also, the USMS Places to swim might also help you find a place (there are more listed under Virginia but I am not sure how up to date those are).

Good luck!

tjrpatt
February 12th, 2010, 08:44 PM
contact Betsy Durant. She is very resourceful about Norfolk. Her forum name is Betsy.

I know that there is a pool right near the Rt. 13 bridge.

Chris Stevenson
February 13th, 2010, 07:54 AM
The Virginia LMSC website also has information:

www.vaswim.org

The "places to swim" section of the website is taken from USMS' site. Here is a direct link:

http://www.usms.org/placswim/placswimform.php?LMSCID=12

I see 3 entries for Norfolk with contact info, though I am not sure if two of them (the Fleet Rec ones) are actually distinct.

There is indeed a pretty active masters community in Virginia Beach and Betsy is the point person. PM me and I'll give you some contact information; she will be up here in Richmond this weekend for a meet.

Betsy
February 13th, 2010, 08:31 AM
I have a prepared handout with coached workouts in the area. Send me your email address.
Betsy Durrant (durrant6 at cox dot net)

Navydad
February 13th, 2010, 10:52 AM
I appreciate all the help... I'm sitting off the coast of Haiti, so i'm limited to the internet, cause it's so slow out here. I will save the info i've got and check it when i get back home on a faster connection. again... thanks for the help!

Chris Lowe
February 13th, 2010, 01:46 PM
One of the perks of being in the Navy, you can always find a place to swim. In Norfolk, there's the 50m pool at Fleet Rec Park, NNSY in Portsmouth has a 25yd pool (I remember it being very warm), and Dam Neck has a long course pool IIRC. Don't be confused if you see only two guys in one lane, facing each other, vs. circle swimming. Give them a wide berth and slow bell.

Navydad
February 13th, 2010, 10:04 PM
I'm going to have to find a group that does evening practices. between church league softball, Ship softball and swimming i'll be a busy guy... evenings are going to be my best bet. I think the one at fleet Rec is going to be the closest and it also from what i read has evening practices...

Thrashing Slug
February 13th, 2010, 10:39 PM
The Fleet Rec may be your best bet. That was my favorite place to swim when I was there. 50m pool, Masters swim on M/W/F at 6 PM. The same Masters group also does morning practices at Virginia Wesleyan college.

http://www.tidewateraquaticclub.com

If you're on base, the gym down by the ships (forgot the building name but it's the nice newer one right by the dock) has a 25m pool.

Chris Lowe
February 15th, 2010, 10:26 AM
If you're on base, the gym down by the ships (forgot the building name but it's the nice newer one right by the dock) has a 25m pool.

damn. I spent 3 years in and out of Pier 12, now there's a scm pool right there?!? Gotta love that.

Treebox
February 16th, 2010, 10:58 AM
Lots of places especially if you are active duty. I was stationed there from '96-'00. Fleet Rec Park pool is great. 50M indoor pool with really flexible hours (early morning, lunch & evening). It is set up for lap swimming all the time, no noodlers or rec swimmers! The pool at Dam Neck is also a great facility, 50M indoor. Va Beach municipal rec centers all have pools that you can join for very cheap rates; mostly SCY facilities.

I used to swim with the Old Dominion Masters at ODU. They had coached practices from 6-7:30 am. Not sure what their status is anymore. For awhile, there was a masters group that practiced at Norfolk Academy.

Good luck,
Tree

swimTAC
August 11th, 2010, 09:26 AM
The Fleet Rec may be your best bet. That was my favorite place to swim when I was there. 50m pool, Masters swim on M/W/F at 6 PM. The same Masters group also does morning practices at Virginia Wesleyan college.

http://www.tidewateraquaticclub.com

If you're on base, the gym down by the ships (forgot the building name but it's the nice newer one right by the dock) has a 25m pool.

This thread is pretty old, but I wanted to respond in case anyone in the area is still looking for a team.

I'm coaching the TAC Masters group now, and the schedule is still roughly the same as noted above, but we've expanded it somewhat. (To my knowledge, the ODU masters team is now defunct, and we now have workouts at ODU.)

Our schedule is:

mornings = M/W/F, 6:00am - 7:30am at Virginia Wesleyan College (SCY)
evenings = M/W/F, 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Fleet Rec Park (LCM)
evenings = Tu/W/Th 6:00pm - 7:30pm at ODU (SCY)

We've got a great mix of people, ranging from really competitive swimmers (meets & open water), some awesome triathletes, some people just getting into the competition scene, and some people just looking to get in shape/ improve technique, etc. I try to vary the workouts as needed to suit everybody who comes out, and we're producing a lot of positive swims and enjoying it.

If you're interested, feel free to show up to a practice and try it out, or contact me at swimTACmasters@gmail.com

- Hunter