Summary of Phase 3 Guidance for Pools (7/2/2020)
Jeffrey Miksis is running Masters practices Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at Cumberland High School’s 6-lane pool (12 swimmer cap).
Albert Garcia and Trent Theroux have restarted Masters practices Sunday (2 sessions) and Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri at East Providence Boys & Girls Club’s 5-lane pool. Space is limited. Prepayment required. (15 swimmer per session cap)
- Fred Bartlett has restarted Sunday morning and Thursday evening Masters practices at South County Y in Wakefield. Space is limited. Prepayment required.
- Stuart Cromarty is communicating with the Lincoln Y about potentially holding a recurring weekend Masters practice, but that arrangement is still TBD.
- As far as we know, Masters practices are still suspended at other SwimRI-affiliated venues: Bryant University, CCRI, Roger Williams University, Fox Point B&GC, St. George's School, Naval Station Newport.
Group open water swims are still happening, but their size, duration and frequency taper off as the water begins to cool below people’s comfort level.
You may be able to arrange small, ad hoc pool workouts by coordinating lap swim reservations with other swimmers at a YMCA or Pods Swimming. I believe that some LA Fitness pools are also open for lap swim by reservation.
Further afield, the Raynham Athletic Club pool has lots of lap swim time and offers two weekday evening Masters “classes” run by professional triathlete Angela Naeth, but Rhode Islanders are subject to Massachusetts travel orders.
PRE-COVID 2019-2020 PRACTICE SCHEDULES
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 337-5678
SwimRI - email@example.com or (401) 633-5756, or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Contact: Carolyn Kilpatrick at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-230-0809.
Tues/Thurs 5:30-7:00am. 6-lane, 25-yard pool. $50/month or $5 drop-in fee.
Contact: Jeffrey Miksis at email@example.com
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):
- 10:15 to 10:45 and/or 10:45 to 11:15
- Any stroke or all free or starts & turns.
- Cost: Contact Coach Cromarty
- 1 or 2 swimmers max per session -- CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR PRIVATE SESSION
- Payable onsite cash or check
Coach: Dr. Stuart Cromarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 316-1230
Click here to view CCRI's public lap swim schedule.
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 email@example.com or (401) 523-2833.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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), email@example.com or (401) 741-7193Rachel Meyer (MWR aquatics head), firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 841-2268
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 email@example.com. Direct questions re: swimmer-led weekday morning workouts to SwimRI member Jim Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.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.
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 Stuart Cromarty at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (86) 460-8532.
@ Raynham Athletic Club, Raynham, MA. Mon/Thurs 6:15-7:15pm. Eight-week sessions @ $195 per session. Contact: RAC Aquatics Director Angela Naeth at email@example.com.@ UMass-Dartmouth Trip Athletic Center, North Dartmouth, MA. Mon 6:00-7:00pm (7:00-8:00 starting Oct 1st), Wed Noon-1:00pm, Fri 6:00-7:30am. There are registration fees associated with these coached practices. Drop-ins allowed. Contact: Cathy Motta at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 910-6462.
LOCAL OPEN-WATER SWIMMING GROUPS
SwimRI-Triton Swimming and Barrington Beach Swims Group @ Barrington Town Beach (map / conditions). More recreational and triathlete-oriented group Mondays 6pm. Until pool practices resume, a smaller, weather-dependent SwimRI-oriented group meets most weekdays ~6:00am and a larger group on weekends 7:30am. No swimming fee, but beach parking charges apply 8am-5pm. Contact: SwimRI-Triton Swimming Coach Albert Garcia at email@example.com and ask to be put on the distribution list.July 2020 Update: Pool practices are taking place at Kendbrin Swim Club Tues/Thurs @ 6am and Sundays @ 7:30am. Some people continue to swim at Barrington Beach those days.
Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts (NOSE) @ Narragansett Town Beach (map / surf report) and other South County venues. OW swims start in late spring in the Upper Pond of the Pettaquamscutt River (a.k.a. Narrow River) tidal inlet at Camp Grosvenor, then transition to ocean swims at NTB as the ocean warms. Read the September 9, 2013 Providence Journal article.
Largest open-water training group in New England, with up to 80 people per swim during mid summer!
Usual summer schedule: Sunday 8:00am (larger group), Mon & Wed 6:00pm (earlier after Labor Day), Fri 8:00am, plus ad hoc early morning swims (EMS) as posted by swimmers on the NOSE/SSS Swimmers Facebook group page.
Potter Cove in Jamestown (map). During summer a small open water group led by Lou Sardelli has traditionally swum at 6:30am on weekdays and 7:30am on weekends, weather allowing. Kent County Y Masters Coach Christina Lorenson's is also coordinating group swims most weekdays at 6:30am (MWF 6am extra-distance option) and 4:00pm and weekends at 7:30am via https://riseandswim.wildapricot.org. There may be overlap between the two groups, with some people just showing up and others signing up for each swim online ostensibly to notify others that they plan to attend.
Georgiaville Pond Tri Training Group in Smithfield (map / forecast). Saturdays 7:30am, Sundays 8:00am. Tues/Thurs 5:40am most weeks. Other, ad hoc swims posted on the GPTTG Facebook page. Contact Jorge Matesanz if needed for more info about this group or Scott Reina about other Georgiaville Pond group swims. Read the May 21, 2019 Only In Your State article. July 2020 Update: Per Jorge, these swims recently relocated to Spring Lake in Burrillville due to algae bloom at the pond. They draw swimmers from northern RI & MA. Anyone interested can join by requesting admission to the Georgiaville Pond Tri Training Group.
Powers Lake and Long Pond Swim Group in East Lyme and Ledyard, CT, respectively. Occasional ad hoc swims at other venues (e.g., Williams Beach Park in Mystic) may also be posted in this Facebook group. Contact: Sarah Dombrowski. There is some crossover between this Facebook Group and the Nutmeg Masters Swim Team Facebook Group. Nutmeg Masters is coached by Cecilia Emblidge.