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Dan from SA
February 15th, 2014, 06:57 AM
Hi Guys,

I am new to the Forums. My name is Daniel and I am from South Africa. I joined because I am a masters swimmer in SA and we are heading for a 5 week holiday in the USA from the 28th of March to the 8th of May. I would like to continue training in the USA and wanted to know if there are any squads I can train with in the NY, Florida and Washington areas. I can give more specific addresses, but just wanted to first sus out if there are any club members in those areas on these forums?

Looking forward to the community!

Daniel

Fresnoid
February 17th, 2014, 02:24 PM
Daniel, I've had a lot of success using the "Places To Swim" page to find teams to swim with when I travel: http://www.usms.org/placswim/?utm_campaign=top_nav&utm_medium=local_programs


Poster PWB also uses this guide to find pools for swimming solo if there is not a nearby team: http://www.swimmersguide.com/

Dan from SA
February 17th, 2014, 03:36 PM
Thank you Fresnoid.

That will be a big help.

badrunnergoodswimmer
February 17th, 2014, 03:46 PM
Welcome to the US and I hope you enjoy your stay. The places to swim link is the real deal. I have used it.

I live in Minnesota and have had the pleasure to drop in on clubs in Florida and California while traveling on business. I would say swimmers are among the very most welcoming of all americans. I had a wonderful time and I felt very much welcomed.

I came across this link which was written (I think) by the coach instructing his swimmers to drop in on other clubs. I found the information to be quite useful. BTW - the fact that such a sheet exists should NOT lead you to think American swimmers are all wound up on rules and such. I found the information to be pretty practical.:2cents:

http://www.novamasters.com/locations/swimming-with-other-masters-clubs/

ALM
February 17th, 2014, 09:26 PM
Dan,

Go ahead and give us more specifics on which cities you'll be in. There are a lot of us on these forums and we'll be able to get you connected with some pools and clubs!

Anna Lea

pwb
February 18th, 2014, 12:11 AM
Hi Guys,

I am new to the Forums. My name is Daniel and I am from South Africa. I joined because I am a masters swimmer in SA and we are heading for a 5 week holiday in the USA from the 28th of March to the 8th of May. I would like to continue training in the USA and wanted to know if there are any squads I can train with in the NY, Florida and Washington areas. I can give more specific addresses, but just wanted to first sus out if there are any club members in those areas on these forums?

Looking forward to the community!

DanielDaniel,

If you really want to get a taste of Masters swimming in the USA, then you should add a westward stop to your itinerary and join us for Nationals in Santa Clara, California May 1st to 4th!

The links others have provided are good, but, like Anna Lea said, more specific locations will get you more specific recommendations.

I can almost guarantee you that you'll be ecstatic with the choices of pools in Florida, struggle to find as many in NY and, if by Washington you mean Washington, DC, you'll find a mix -- some great pools and great teams, but nowhere near the volume of pools that are in Florida.

If you do want to race on the east coast, I highly recommend you check out the Colonies Zone meet the first weekend in April at an awesome pool in the greater Washington, DC area -- https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1463&smid=5204.

orca1946
February 18th, 2014, 07:03 PM
We have been to your country & really enjoyed it! I hope your visit here will as memorable. If you can , before the visit, give us a city name then it will be easier to find a swim club/team to have you drop in on.
We are inviting our guide from Tanzania. Musa, come to visit us this spring & he is very excited!

Dan from SA
February 25th, 2014, 03:43 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome guys.

Always nice to connect with other swimmers. Glad you have been able to experience deep dark Africa orca.

USA nationals would have been amazing, but unfortunately I am presenting at a conference that week. Also missing our nationals...

We will be at:
NY adres: 1661 11th avenue, brooklyn

Orlando: 13428 blue heron beach drive, orlando, FL

DC: 1606 19th street NW, Washington, DC

I will use the info provided, but if there are any swimmers at clubs in the area, would love to join you for some sessions.

Thank you

robertsrobson
February 25th, 2014, 09:33 AM
If you don't mind me hijacking the thread for my own means...

I'm coming to Detroit (Well, Novi MI) for a few days this week (arrive Thursday and leave Monday) and will no doubt be back from time to time. I'd love to find a competitive masters group that I could join for at least one swim while I'm there, and on subsequent trips.

I've looked on the swim link and it is good for places to swim, but seems to imply that there's not much in the way of competitive masters in the area. I don't really want to go to open lanes at a YMCA or a health club. Any suggestions for now or the future would be much appreciated.

Thanks

ALM
February 25th, 2014, 01:08 PM
Orlando: 13428 blue heron beach drive, orlando, FL

In the Orlando area, try contacting Sara McLarty or Misty Becerra:
http://www.centralfloridamastersswimming.com/#
http://www.swim-like-a-pro.com/
sara7411@hotmail.com
info@Swim-Like-A-Pro.com

They may be located a little outside of Orlando, but they may be familiar with other pools and programs in the Orlando area if theirs doesn't work for you.

Swimosaur
February 25th, 2014, 04:24 PM
... Novi MI ...

I travel to Ann Arbor MI a few times a year & swim with the Ann Arbor Masters. Nice folks! It's about a half hour's drive from Novi. All the information you need is at this link (http://www.a2gov.org/government/communityservices/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/mack/Pages/default.aspx#master).

jroddin
February 25th, 2014, 04:39 PM
Hi Guys,

I am new to the Forums. My name is Daniel and I am from South Africa. I joined because I am a masters swimmer in SA and we are heading for a 5 week holiday in the USA from the 28th of March to the 8th of May. I would like to continue training in the USA and wanted to know if there are any squads I can train with in the NY, Florida and Washington areas. I can give more specific addresses, but just wanted to first sus out if there are any club members in those areas on these forums?

Looking forward to the community!

Daniel

Hi Daniel,

Here is a link to all of the clubs in the greater Washington DC region:
http://www.pvmasters.org/clubs.htm

You will want to look for clubs that may work for you and then contact them ahead of time to verify their practice schedules. The schedules are only as up to date as what they give to me.

Here is another link that may be useful - but it may not be as current as the first link since it is not maintained other than users writing in with their own info:
http://www.usms.org/placswim/placswimform.php?LMSCID=10

Finally, you'll want to verify with the clubs that you are covered by insurance. I don't know if your current SA registration covers you or not, so you'll want to look into that (here in DC as well as elsewhere in the US).

Safe travels.

Jeff Roddin
Potomac Valley Registrar

knelson
February 25th, 2014, 04:42 PM
I'm coming to Detroit (Well, Novi MI) for a few days this week (arrive Thursday and leave Monday) and will no doubt be back from time to time. I'd love to find a competitive masters group that I could join for at least one swim while I'm there, and on subsequent trips.

Here's a good list for you:
http://www.michiganmasters.com/Placestoswim.html

You might also want to PM Frank Thompson and see what he suggests.

StewartACarroll
February 25th, 2014, 05:33 PM
We will be at:

DC: 1606 19th street NW, Washington, DC


My firm has an office south of DC in Alexandria and I always train with there masters team. They are very friendly and have some really good swimmers to train with. They maybe too far from where you are staying but if you get the chance contact them:

http://www.alexandriamasters.com

orca1946
February 25th, 2014, 05:55 PM
I hope this info is helpful to you. Thanks to all above for info for our new visitor. When Musa comes to the USA, he wants me to teach him " the swim"