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    Question Masters in Hong Kong & Taipei?

    Happy New Year! I'm about to go on a two-week trip to Hong Kong and Taipei. I'd love to swim with the local masters clubs in both cities, but I'm having trouble finding clubs.

    The Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association has a roster of clubs that is 5 pages long and doesn't list URLs!

    https://www.hkasa.org.hk/index.php?o...d=245&LANG=ENG

    I'm having a bit more luck researching Masters Swimming Taiwan clubs, but would appreciate any tips fellow swimmers may have!

    http://www.masterswim.org.tw/ann/ann5qry.asp?annno=1090

    Thanks,
    Anne 安妮

    P.S. I speak Chinese (Mandarin) 我會說中文 :-)

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    Re: Masters in Hong Kong & Taipei?

    Give this search tool a try. They frequently list if the pool hosts a Masters team/club. I just typed in "Hong Kong" and it returned a few dozen pools (several pages worth), and I noticed one on the first page that listed a Masters team.

    https://www.swimmersguide.com

    Dan
    Last edited by ForceDJ; January 8th, 2019 at 11:46 AM.

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    Re: Masters in Hong Kong & Taipei?

    Cool, thanks!

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    Re: Masters in Hong Kong & Taipei?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne Henochowicz View Post
    Happy New Year! I'm about to go on a two-week trip to Hong Kong and Taipei. I'd love to swim with the local masters clubs in both cities, but I'm having trouble finding clubs.

    The Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association has a roster of clubs that is 5 pages long and doesn't list URLs!

    https://www.hkasa.org.hk/index.php?o...d=245&LANG=ENG

    I'm having a bit more luck researching Masters Swimming Taiwan clubs, but would appreciate any tips fellow swimmers may have!

    http://www.masterswim.org.tw/ann/ann5qry.asp?annno=1090

    Thanks,
    Anne 安妮

    P.S. I speak Chinese (Mandarin) 我會說中文 :-)
    I work in Hong Kong and there are few masters clubs that you can join, all on the island (not in any order):

    Fastlane Swimming (Wan Chai & Sai Ying Pun): https://www.swimmingfastlane.com/
    Swim Lab Asia (The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, sometimes in Sai Ying Pun and Wong Chuk Hang as well - this is a Swim Smooth squad): https://www.swimlabasia.com/
    26 Coaching (Chinese International School, Braemar Hill): http://www.26coaching.com/swimming.html
    Harry Wright International (South China Athletic Association, So Kon Po): https://www.harrywright.com.hk/MT.asp

    Disclaimer: I am an HKU alumni and staff, and joining the squad training at Swim Lab Asia currently using member discount. The university 50 m pool is my favourite pool because it opens unheated in winter with few people using.
    https://www.swimmersguide.com/ViewFa...cilityID=24281
    Last edited by miklcct; January 9th, 2019 at 07:14 AM.

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    Re: Masters in Hong Kong & Taipei?

    I live in Taipei now and as per my understanding, the local masters groups dont run any scheduled daily training sessions like in the US. If you find any, do let me know . They have age group competitions and open water events that are listed on that Masters website.

    There are a lot of public pools and most of them are close to MRT (local subway) stations. So wherever you're in the City, you can probably find a pool within a 15-20 min mrt ride. Here are a few things I learned about the best times to swim in Taipei pools

    1) Most public pools are open 8am-10pm
    2) During 8-10am, Taiwan citizens older than 65 can use the pools for free. At this time most pools are crazy busy with extremely slow swimmers (35-40sec/25m)
    3) They're also busy from 6-9pm with the after work crowd.
    4) During 3-6pm some lanes will be occupied by students having their swim classes. But other lanes should be still open for lap swimming

    I tend to swim between 11-2pm, and 90% of the time have the lane for myself.

    Many of these pools also have seperate SPAs with super strong overhead water jets. This is probably my favorite part about pools in Taipei . I can get an amazing massage after every swim.

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