Locations & Schedules

See below for SwimRI-affiliated practice venues (listed first) and other local adult pool and open-water practices. See the linked websites, SwimRI Facebook group and venue contacts to verify schedules and fees. USMS membership is encouraged but not required to attend practices unless specifically indicated below.

2019 FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULES

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: 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 and Barrington Beach Swims Facebook page.

SwimRI-Pods Swimming @ Pods Swimming Aquatics Center in East Providence (map)
Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00pm -- 5:30 to 5:45pm informal warm up, 5:45 to 7:00pm coach on deck uses written 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 6:30 to 7:35am (year-round), Sunday 7:30 to 8:40am (October-June): 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 (map)
Mon/Wed/Fri 11:30am-12:30pm in 5-lane, 25-yard pool. Practices run by Brown University Men's Swimming Coach Kevin Norman and/or Brown Asst. Coach Matt Tynan. $30/month, no drop-ins. Sessions Sept-Jan, Feb-June.

Contact: Carolyn KielyKilpatrick 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)
Starting November 2nd: 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 1:15 up to 2:00
  • Bring yoga mat, 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. Written workouts led by on-deck coach Craig Irving.

Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-7:15am. $250 for Sept-Dec. $250 for Jan-April. $125 for May-June. Visiting USMS members can drop in and potential new members are allowed two drop-in visits to try out the program.

Saturday morning practices are currently suspended and TBD. The prior Saturday schedule was 7:15-9:00am or sometimes 6:30-8:00am (depending on coach availability) October-March. $10 per workout ($5 per for prepaid Tues/Thurs swimmers).

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

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-ins per person per semester, space permitting. No drop-in fee but you must obtain advance permission.

Contact: Coach Stuart Cromarty at swimlane4consulting@gmail.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 (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 5:15-6:15am or 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 or $60/month pool/gym membership.

@ East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, Providence, RI. Wed 6:30-8:30am 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), Kent County YMCA, Warwick, RI. Tues/Thurs 6:00-7:00am and Saturday 5:00-6:30pm. USMS-registered club. 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) 738-2019 x (press 2 ) or email warwick-rec@warwickri.com.

@ Newport County Boys & Girls Club, Newport, RI. No formal Masters Swimming program at this time. Check back for updates. Front desk: (401) 847-6927

@ North Providence Pool & Fitness Center, North Providence, RI. As of August 29, 2019, Masters practices had been discontinued at this six-lane, 25-meter pool. Contact: poolandfitness@northprovidenceri.gov or (401) 353-7007. Website / Facebook

@ 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.

@ 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 cmotta@umassd.edu or (508) 910-6462.

@ Ocean Community YMCA - Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch, Westerly, RI. No formal Masters Swimming program at this time, but this facility's aquatic center includes a nice, dedicated lap pool. Front desk: (401) 596-2894

LOCAL OPEN-WATER SWIMMING GROUPS

SwimRI-Triton Swimming and Barrington Beach Swims Group @ Barrington Town Beach (map / conditions). 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. No swimming fee, but beach parking charges apply 8am-5pm. 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 (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) & 5:30pm (smaller 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.

Contact: Fred Bartlett at swimtrirunman@aol.com and see his SwimTriRunMan website for swim updates and entertaining recaps.

Mackerel Cove Swimming @ Mackerel Cove (Jamestown Town Beach) in Jamestown (map / water temp). Contact: Mike Garr at mikegarr@msn.com

Potter Cove in Jamestown (map). This group is coordinated by Lou Sardelli. During summer they swim at 6:30am on weekdays and 7:30am on weekends, weather allowing.

Sachuest Ocean Swimmers (SOS) @ Second Beach and Third Beach in Middletown (map / surf report). Contact: Paul Dow at pdow@shmarinas.com

Georgiaville Pond Tri Training Group in Smithfield (map / forecast). Read the May 21, 2019 Only In Your State article.