Pools

SWIMRI PANDEMIC PRACTICE SCHEDULE: UPDATED OCTOBER 4, 2021
  • East Providence Boys & Girls Club — SwimRI members Trent Theroux and Albert Garcia run Masters practices at this 5-lane, 25-yard pool in split sessions: Tues/Thurs 5:30-7:00am & Sun 6:30-8:00am ($200), Wed/Fri 5:30-7:00a.m. & Sun 8:00-9:30am ($200), or Sunday only ($80). Price covers September through November practices, which are subject to Covid protocols. THESE SESSIONS ARE FULL. For waitlist info, contact info@trenttheroux.com.

  • Fox Point Boys & Girls Club (Providence) — Coached workouts M/W/F 12:00-1:00pm in this 5-lane, 25-yard pool. Fee: $120 per session (Oct-Jan, Feb-Jun). Proof of vaccination required. Subject to attendance limits. Previous members prioritized. Contact: Jonathan Chaisty at jchaisty@bgcprov.org.

  • Cumberland High School — Anglerfish Aquatics Head Coach Jeffrey Miksis runs one-hour Masters practices Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-6:45am at this 6-lane, 25-yard pool. $10 cash or $8 Venmo per visit. Contact: anglerfishaquatics@gmail.com

  • Roger Williams University (Bristol) — RWU & KingfishRI Head Coach Matt Emmert offers coached Masters practices Mon/Wed 5:45-7:00am at this nice 8-lane, 25-yard pool. Fee: $55/month. Drop-in: $10/practice. During the school year park in Lot D. For more information, contact SwimRI member Jim Porter at jimkporter3@gmail.com.

  • South County YMCA (South Kingstown) — South County Y Masters Coach Fred Bartlett runs Tues/Thurs evening and Sunday morning Masters practices (two sessions each day) at this 5-lane, 25-meter pool. Y membership required. NEM-SCY and NEM-SWMR are currently registered with USMS as separate New England Masters Swim Club workout groups, but some SwimRI members attend Fred's practices as space allows. Contact Fred at swimtrirunman@aol.com or call the Y at (401) 783-3900.

  • Ad hoc workouts — Some SwimRI members arrange small workouts by coordinating their lap swim reservations at Pods Swimming in East Providence or at a local YMCA. Contact: douglas.sayles@swimri.org

  • TBD — Other SwimRI-affiliated Masters practices offered prior to the pandemic at Bryant University, CCRI-Lincoln, St. George's School, and Naval Station Newport are still suspended indefinitely as far as we know.
  • For information about local open-water swim groupsclick here.


PRE-COVID 2019-2020 PRACTICE SCHEDULES [HISTORICAL REFERENCE ONLY. SEE CURRENT SCHEDULES ABOVE.]

GREATER PROVIDENCE AREA

Fall/Winter/Spring Indoor Pool @ East Providence Boys & Girls Club (map): Tues/Thur/Fri 5:30-7:00am & Sun 7:30-9:00am in 5-lane, 25-yard pool. Sunday indoor practices typically have ~20 attendees. Fee: $135/quarter unlimited, $50/month unlimited, $40/mo weekday only, or $5 drop-in.

Summer Outdoor Pool @ Kendbrin Swim & Tennis Club in Riverside (map): (Late June to Labor Day) Tues/Thur 5:30-7:00am & Sun 7:30-9:00am in 10-lane, 25-yard pool. Sunday outdoor practices typically have 15-20 attendees. If there is inclement weather practice may be relocated from Kendbrin to EPB&GC at the coach's discretion. Fee: $5 per person.

Summer Open Water @ Barrington Beach (map): Mon 6:00pm, Wed/Fri 6:00am & Sat 7:30am (if not preempted by a swimming race/event elsewhere). No swimming fee, but beach parking charges apply 8am-5pm.

Contacts: Trent Theroux at info@trenttheroux.com and Albert Garcia at ag@kitearchitects.com. For schedule updates ask Trent to add you to the email list and follow the SwimRI Facebook page and Barrington Beach Swims Facebook page.

SwimRI-Pods Swimming @ Pods Swimming Aquatics Center in East Providence (map)
Tuesday evening 5:30 to 7:00pm -- 5:30 to 5:45pm informal warm up, 5:45 to 7:00pm coach on deck uses sets written by Frank McQuiggan. Good but small 5-12 person practices. You may register onsite but are encouraged to sign the facility waiver and pay online. $25 monthly facility membership or $50 ($15 seniors, $40 couples) for 10 visits or $7 drop-in fee. Lap swimming available every day.
Contacts: Pods Swimming Program Manager - jamie.pascale@podsswimming.com or (401) 337-5678
SwimRI - douglas.sayles@swimri.org or (401) 633-5756, or frank.mcquiggan@swimri.org
Tuesday & Thursday morning 6:30 to 7:35am (year-round), Sunday morning 7:30 to 8:40am (September-June): Mostly freestyle workouts written by Peter Russo (www.r2tri.com) geared toward distance and open water swimmers and triathletes, often utilizing the Finis Tempo trainer, in addition to some dedicated speed work. No charge for first session, then $30 per week (includes pool entry) for 3 prepaid practices or $12 for a single practice.

Contact: Alan Eland at eland.russoswim@gmail.com

SwimRI-Fox Point Masters 
@ Fox Point Boys & Girls Club in Providence (map)
Mon/Wed/Fri 11:30am-12:45pm in 5-lane, 25-yard pool. Fifteen minute unstructured warm-up followed by one-hour coached workout. Practices run by Brown University Men's Swimming Coach Kevin Norman and/or Brown Asst. Coach Matt Tynan. $30/month. Sessions Sept-Jan, Feb-June. Well-attended practice with lanes organized by freestyle base intervals ranging from 1:25 to 2:00 per 100y. No drop-ins except for USMS members with advance notice to Carolyn Kilpatrick at kilpatck@cox.net.

Contact: Carolyn Kilpatrick at kilpatck@cox.net


SwimRI-Bulldog Masters @  Bryant University Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield (map)
Mon/Wed 5:15-6:30am in six-lane, 25-yard pool. $50/month or $5 drop-in fee. Pool closes in August for maintenance.
To attend these Masters practices you must be USMS-registered. Prospective members who have never been a USMS member may qualify for a free 30-day trial USMS membership.
Contact: Katie Cameron at bulldogaquatics@gmail.com or 401-230-0809.


SwimRI-Cumberland @ Cumberland High School in Cumberland (map)
Tues/Thurs 5:30-7:00am. 6-lane, 25-yard pool. $50/month or $5 drop-in fee.
Contact: Jeffrey Miksis at anglerfishaquatics@gmail.com

SwimRI-Lincoln @ Community College of Rhode Island Flanagan Campus (map)
November through May: Coached Saturday practices 8:00 to 10:00am.
  • 8:00-8:25:  Dryland exercises (gym clothes & sneakers).
  • 8:30-10:00:  Swim practice with structured warm up.
  • Nice, 80-degree, six-lane, 25-yard pool.
  • 4,500+ yards. You may leave early.
  • Levels: Base 100y freestyle intervals from 1:20 up to 2:00
  • Bring paddles, pull buoy, kick board and short fins
  • The building has two front entrances. Use the one on the right.
  • Arrive on time. For security, doors may be locked during swim practice.
  • 30 swimmer limit per workout -- CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR PRACTICE 
  • $5 per workout cash payable onsite.

Saturday private stroke technique sessions 10:15 to 11:15am (30 or 60 minute sessions):
Coach: Dr. Stuart Cromarty at swimlane4consulting@gmail.com or (401) 316-1230
Click here to view CCRI's public lap swim schedule.



NEWPORT/BRISTOL AREA

SwimRI-St. George's Masters @ St. George's School in Middletown (map)

8-lane, 25-yard pool. Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-7:15am. $250 for Sept-Dec. $250 for Jan-April. $125 for May-June.  Tuesday practices are led by on-deck coach Craig Irving. Thursday practices are written, swimmer-led workouts (lifeguard is USMS member).

PAYMENT: Check only, made out to "St. George's School." Cash and credit cards are not accepted.

Visiting USMS members can drop in and potential new members are allowed two drop-in visits to try out the program.

To attend these Masters practices you must be USMS-registered and complete the St. George's Swimming Waiver. Prospective members who have never been a USMS member may qualify for a free 30-day trial USMS membership.

Enter campus via Lower Road and park in the lot by Hoyt Pool (building "M" on the campus map).

Contact: Craig Irving at craig_irving@stgeorges.edu or (401) 523-2833.


SwimRI-Newport Navy Lobsters @ Naval Station Newport John H. Chafee Fitness Center (map)
Coached practices Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:00pm at the six-lane, 25-meter John H. Chafee Pool. Base pass required. This group caters to DoD employees and their families, and includes some non-DoD civilians. The USMS-certified coaches and some of the swimmers are SwimRI members.

Contact Coach Mike Garr at mikegarr@msn.com or (401) 741-7193 to arrange for non-DoD civilians to be accompanied on base for swim practice or else attend as the guest of someone with a base pass. Cost: $2pp per practice.

Written workouts are available to morning swimmers during lap swim hours, but without coaching or dedicated lanes.

Contacts: Mike Garr (SwimRI), mikegarr@msn.com or (401) 741-7193
                  Rachel Meyer (MWR aquatics head), rachel.m.meyer@navy.mil or (401) 841-2268
                  Bob Nelson (SwimRI), Diann Uustal (SwimRI)


SwimRI-Bristol @ Roger Williams University Aquatic Center in Bristol (map)
Nice 25-yard pool with 8 wide lanes. Community pool memberships available.

Wed/Fri (Wed only during summer) @ 6am -- A small group does informal, swimmer-led workouts in the lap lanes during open swim.

Coached Saturday practices in Spring 2020 TBD.

Contact: RWU Assistant Head Coach Connor Devers at cdevers@rwu.edu. Direct questions re: swimmer-led weekday morning workouts to SwimRI member Jim Porter at jimkporter@gmail.com.

Annual Masters Swimming events at RWU include a stroke/skills clinic, the HAWKtoberfest Alumni & Masters Mini Meet in October, and heats of the USMS One-Hour ePostal Long Distance National Championship in January/February.


SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND

SwimRI @ South County YMCA in Peace Dale (map)

Sessions: Sept 10th thru Dec, Jan thru May. Tues/Thurday practices from 6:00-7:20pm and 7:25-8:45pm, Sunday from 9:00-10:30am and 10:30-noon in a five-lane, 25-meter pool. $185/session + Y membership. Program capped at 50 swimmers (25 early group, 25 later group).

Max of 3 drop-in visits per person per semester, space permitting, payable at the front desk. Starting in 2020 there will be a $5 drop-in fee. Please obtain advance permission. Coach Cromarty must approve any exceptions to this drop-in policy.

Contact: Coach Fred  at swimtrirunman@aol.org or call the Y at (401) 783-3900.

During warm weather months many of these swimmers train outdoors with the Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts group organized by Coach Fred Bartlett (see open-water groups below).

@ Attleboro YMCA, Pleasant Street Branch, Attleboro, MA. Mon/Tues/Thurs 7:00-8:00pm. Free for Y members; $30/month or $15 day pass for non-members. Contact: Aquatics Director Noreen Foley at nfoley@attleboroymca.org or (508) 409-0737.

@ Bayside Family YMCA, Barrington, RI. Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00-1:00pm. Register onsite at the welcome center. Contact: Christine Newcomb at cnewcomb@gpymca.org or call the Y at 401-245-2444.

@ Brown University, Providence, RI. Cool LCM/SCY pool with multiple lane configurations. No formal Masters Swimming program. SwimRI members occasionally arrange ad hoc swims via email or the SwimRI Facebook page. During summer this pool is often set up LCM. Click here to view the pool schedule. $10 per visit, $65 for one month, $180 for 3 months. Click here for all membership rates/details.

@ East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, Providence, RI. Wed 6:30-7:30am in 5-lane, 25-yard pool. Monthly member & non-member rates for Masters practices. No drop-in rate but you can attend once for free. Contact: Aquatic Director Meg O'Connor at (401) 521-0155.

@ Kent Y Masters Swim Club (KYM). USMS-registered club. Practices: Tues/Thurs 6:00-7:00am @ Kent County YMCA, Warwick, RI, and Saturday 7:00-8:30am @ Cranston YMCA. You may try one practice for free. Non-Y members can get a three-day pass to try the facility. After that there is a drop-in option of $8 for members and $16 for non-members. Sessions are 16 weeks and cost $185 for Y members and $370 for non-members, prorated for late joiners. Contact: Christina Lorenson at swimmingveterinarian@gmail.com. Also see https://riseandswim.wildapricot.org/.

@ McDermott Pool, Warwick, RI. Tue/Thur 8:00-9:00pm. Older LCM/SCY pool usually set up short course. Coached workout with Ian Muir. $20/mo Masters fee + pool fee ($5/visit or $10-$30 monthly pool pass depending on your age and place of residence). For more info call (401) 738-2019 x (press 2 ) or email warwick-rec@warwickri.com.

@ Nutmeg Masters Swim Club (NEM-NMEG), East Lyme, CT. USMS-registered workout group of New England Masters Swim Club (NEM). Tue/Thur 6:00-7:00am, Saturday 6:00-7:30am. Contact: Cecilia Emblidge at ctgalcoach@gmail.com or (86) 460-8532.

@ Raynham Athletic Club, Raynham, MA. Mon/Thurs 6:15-7:15pm (summer schedule may differ). Contact: RAC Aquatics Director Angela Naeth at tri3angela@yahoo.com.

To view open-water swim groups, click here.