Locations & Schedules

See below for SwimRI-affiliated practice groups and other local adult practices and open-water swimming groups. See the linked websites or contact the listed coach/venue to verify the current schedule and fees. USMS membership is not required to attend SwimRI-affiliated practices unless specifically indicated.

Cumberland High School suspended Masters practices in mid 2017. The town has voted to save the pool and install a new HVAC system, so those practices may eventually resume. Some of those swimmers now attend the morning practices at Bryant University in Smithfield described below.

Newport Athletic Club has permanently closed. Swimmers seeking coached Masters workouts on Aquidneck Island should see the practices at St. George's School and Naval Station Newport described below.


This is SwimRI's most consistent, organized and competitive practice group:
Fall/Winter/Spring Indoor Pool @ East Providence Boys & Girls Club: Tues/Thur/Fri 5:30-7:00am & Sun 7:30-9:15am in 5-lane, 25-yard pool. Sunday indoor practices typically have 20-25 attendees.

Summer Outdoor Pool @ Kendbrin Swim & Tennis Club in Riverside: (Late  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 12-25 attendees.

Summer Open Water @ Barrington Beach: Mon 6:00pm, Wed/Fri 6:00am & Sat 7:30am (if not preempted by a swimming race/event elsewhere).

Fees: $135/quarter unlimited, $50/month unlimited, $40/mo weekday only, or $5 drop-in fee.

Contacts: Albert Garcia at ag@kitearchitects.com and Trent Theroux at trent.theroux@jwu.edu. For schedule updates ask Albert to add you to the Triton email list and follow the SwimRI Facebook page.

SwimRI-Pods Swimming @ Pods Swimming Aquatics Center in East Providence
Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00pm -- 5:30 to 5:45 informal warm up, 5:45 to 7:00 coach on deck uses sets provided by Frank McQuiggan. Good but sometimes lightly attended practice that we're trying to build. 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 $5 drop-in fee. Lap swimming available every day.
Contacts: Pods Swimming Program Manager - jamie.pascale@podsswimming.com or (401) 337-5678M SwimRI - douglas.sayles@swimri.org or (401) 633-5756, or frank.mcquiggan@swimri.org
Sunday 7:30am, Tuesday & Thursday 6:30am: On-deck coach Peter Russo leads mostly freestyle workouts geared toward distance and open water swimmers and triathletes, often utilizing the Finis Tempo trainer, in addition to some dedicated speed work. $15 per session includes pool entry. After 10 sessions you get one free session. No charge for first session. Russo also offers personalized stroke instruction and videotaping (www.swimsmoothne.com) and one-on-one coaching (www.r2tri.com).
Contact: russo@r2tri.com

SwimRI-Fox Point Masters 
@ Fox Point Boys & Girls Club in Providence
Mon/Wed/Fri 11:30am-12:30pm in 5-lane, 25-yard pool. $40/month. All levels, including a “fast” lane. Newcomers to group workouts are welcome. Sessions Sept-Jan, Feb-June. Coached by Ian Muir. Contact: Carolyn KielyKilpatrick at kilpatck@cox.net.

Coach Ian Muir is not affiliated with USMS but is a local icon who has run swim workouts for many years. This practice is listed here rather than with the "Other Adult Swim Practices for Adults" below because several SwimRI members attend Coach Muir's workouts at FPB&GC.

SwimRI-Bulldog Masters @ Bryant University in Smithfield
USMS membership required. Mon/Wed/Friday 5:15-6:30am in 6-lane, 25-yard pool. $50/month or $5 drop-in fee. Contact: Jerry Cummiskey at jcummiskey@bryant.edu or (401) 323-1550.

SwimRI-Lincoln @ Community College of Rhode Island (Flanagan Campus)
No Masters practices currently scheduled at this nice, six-lane, 25-yard pool, but we occasionally hold clinics or other events here. In the past we ran well-attended, $5 per swimmer practices most Saturdays 8:00-9:30am November through mid March with a rotating schedule of volunteer SwimRI coaches. If someone wants to coordinate and "own" a Saturday practice moving forward, contact douglas.sayles@swimri.org or (401) 633-5756. CCRI contact: Gail Steere at gwsteere@ccri.edu.


SwimRI-St. George's Masters @ St. George's School in Middletown
8-lane, 25-yard pool. Written workouts led by an on-deck, USMS-registered coach.

Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-7:15am. $250 for Sept-Dec. $250 for Jan-April. $125 for May-June. No official weekday drop-in policy, but generally speaking visiting USMS members can drop in and potential new members are allowed two drop-in visits to try out the program.

Saturdays mid September through May 7:15-9:00am (separate fee): Pool opens at 7:00; structured practice begins at 7:15. $10 per workout purchased in increments of five (5). Paid Tues/Thurs swimmers may attend Saturdays at a reduced rate of $5 per workout. Saturday USMS member drop-ins are allowed as a guest of a prepaid regular attendee who will be charged for the guest's visit.

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

All swimmers must be USMS-registered (prospective members may qualify for a free 30-day trial USMS membership) and complete the St. George's Swimming Waiver. Please enter the campus via Lower Road and park in the lot by Hoyt Pool (building "M" on the campus map).

Contact: Assistant Aquatics Director William Hooper at william_hooper@stgeorges.edu or (401) 842-6654.

SwimRI-Newport Navy Lobsters @ Naval Station Newport
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. Most of the coaches are USMS-certified and SwimRI members. A few of the swimmers are SwimRI members, most are not. To make arrangements for non-DoD civilians to get on base for swim practice contact Mike Garr at mikegarr@msn.com or (401) 741-7193 or attend as the guest of someone with a base pass.

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
Nice 25-yard pool with 8 wide lanes. Some weekday mornings a small group does informal, self-coached workouts in the lap lanes during open swim. Community memberships available. Contact: RWU Assistant Head Coach Connor Devers at cdevers@rwu.edu.

Annual Masters Swimming events at RWU include the HAWKtoberfest Alumni/Masters Mini Meet in October and organized heats of the Speedo USMS One-Hour ePostal National Championship in January/February.


SCY & SwimRI @ South County YMCA in Peace Dale
Sessions: Sept-Jan & Jan-May. Tues/Thurday practices from 6:00-7:20pm and 7:25-8:45pm, Sunday from 9:00-10:20am and 10:25-11:45am. $185/session + Y membership. Program capped at 50 swimmers (25 early group, 25 later group). 
Five-lane, 25-meter pool. Max of 3 drop-ins per person per season, space permitting. No drop-in fee but you must obtain permission to drop in from Coach Fred Bartlett at swimtrirunman@aol.com or contact the Y at (401) 783-3900.

On-deck coach Fred Bartlett and most other USMS-New England Swim Club members that attend these practices affiliate with the South County Y (NEM-SCY) workout group team; a few affiliate with the SwimRI statewide (NEM-SWMR) team. Regardless, they train together in the pool and during summer swim together as Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts (see open-water groups below).


@ Attleboro YMCA, Pleasant Street Branch, Attleboro, MA. Mon 7:00-8:00pm, Tues/Thurs 7:30-8:30pm. Free for Y members; $30/month or $15 day pass for non-members. Contact: Coach Kate Hewitt at khewitt@attleboroymca.org or (508) 567-9549 or Aquatics Director Noreen Foley at nfoley@attleboroymca.org or (508) 409-0737.

@ Brown University, Providence, RI. Beautiful LCM/SCY pool with multiple lane configurations. No formal masters program; however, 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 or $60/month pool/gym membership.

@ 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 County YMCA, Warwick, RI. Tues/Thurs 6:00-7:00am, Saturday 5:00-6:30pm. 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.

@ 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) 738-2000 x6809.

@Newport County Boys & Girls Club, Newport, RI. Masters swim workout Wed noon-1pm incorporating technique and endurance training. $8 drop-in or $70 for 10-punch card or $120 for 20-punch card. Front desk: (401) 847-6927

@ North Providence Pool & Fitness Center, North Providence, RI. Fall/Winter Session from October 2nd, 2017 - March 2nd, 2018.  Mon/Wed/Thur 6:45-7:45pm. 6-lane, 25-meter pool. $40/month + facility membership, or $10 Masters drop-in fee. Contact: Amanda Knuth at poolandfitness@northprovidenceri.gov or (401) 353-7007 x712. Note: Amanda Knuth is out on maternity leave. In her absence direct inquiries to the Front Desk at (401) 353-7007 or contact Fitness Coordinator John Angelone at fitnesscoordinator@northprovidenceri.gov or Recreation Director Lois Barbieri at lbarbieri@northprovidenceri.gov.

@ 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 practices. Drop-ins are allowed. Contact: Cathy Motta at cmotta@umassd.edu or (508) 910-6462.


SwimRI-Triton Swimming and Barrington Beach Swims Group @ Barrington Town Beach. Monday 6PM led by Joe Spardello. Smaller, weather-dependent Swim-RI led group Wed/Friday 6AM and Saturday 7:30AM unless preempted by an open water event elsewhere. Contact: SwimRI-Triton Swimming Coach Albert Garcia at ag@kitearchitects.com and ask to be put on his email distribution list.

Please direct questions re: the Barrington Beach Swims Facebook Group to the page/group admin Peter Russo via Facebook or email at russo@r2tri.com.

Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts (NOSE) @ Narragansett Town Beach and other South County venues. OW swims generally start in the late spring in the upper pond of the Narrow River at Camp Grosvenor, then transition to ocean swims at NTB. Read the September 9, 2013 Providence Journal article. Contact Fred Bartlett at swimtrirunman@aol.com and ask to be added to his open-water email distribution lists.

Usual summer schedule: Sunday 7:30 or 8:00am & 5:30pm, Mon/Wed 6pm (5:30 after Labor Day), Fri 7:30am (8:00-8:30 after Labor Day) + early morning ad hoc swims (EMS) as posted on Facebook. Daily/weekly updates available via Fred Bartett's core NOSE email list and Facebook. Largest open-water training group in New England, with up to 80 people per swim during mid summer.

Sachuest Ocean Swimmers (SOS) @ Second Beach in Middletown and Mackeral Cove in Jamestown. Read the May 16, 2013 Newport Mercury article. Contact: Mike Garr at mikegarr@msn.com.

There is also a group coordinated by Lou Sardelli that swims regularly at Potter's Cove.