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.

If you feel sick do not swim. People at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should consult a doctor before entering any pool facility. Please review this public health information: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/


The status of SwimRI-affiliated Masters Swimming practices are as follows, subject to Rhode Island’s COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines:
  • Jeffrey Miksis is running Masters practices Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Cumberland High School’s 6-lane pool (12 swimmer cap). To reserve a practice spot online go to https://www.signupgenius.com/findasignup and search for anglerfishaquatics@gmail.com.

  • Albert Garcia and Trent Theroux are running morning 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). Contact: info@trenttheroux.com

  • Fred Bartlett has restarted Sunday morning and Tuesday/Thursday evening Masters practices at South County Y in Wakefield. Fred registered SCY as a separate USMS-NEM workout group this year, so most of the USMS-registered swimmers in this group are SCY-affiliated, but some are SwimRI-affiliated. Space is limited. Prepayment required. Contact: swimtrirunman@aol.com or call the Y at (401) 783-3900,

  • Douglas Sayles has communicated with Pods Swimming in East Providence about renting the pool for coached Masters practices. If that comes to fruition, it won’t be until after the USA-S clubs and high school teams currently renting the Pods pool return to their regular venues. Contact: douglas.sayles@swimri.org

  • 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, even during winter, but their size, duration and frequency taper off as air and water temps fall below most people’s comfort level.

  • Some SwimRI members have been arranging small, ad hoc pool workouts by coordinating their lap swim reservations at a YMCA or Pods Swimming.

  • Further afield, the Raynham Athletic Club pool has lots of lap swim time and offers Tues/Thursday evening adult swim workouts run by professional triathlete Angela Naeth, but Rhode Island residents are subject to Massachusetts travel orders.

Scroll down this page for info about local open water swim groups and the pre-pandemic SwimRI pool practice venues and 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.

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 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.


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.


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 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 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. Eight-week sessions @ $110 per session. Contact: RAC Aquatics Director Angela Naeth at tri3angela@yahoo.com.


The following info is based on 2019 group schedules. Current schedules and protocols vary subject to CDC, ReopeningRI and municipal COVID-19 restrictions, and each group's own adjustments.

WARNING: Open water swimming is at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety. Be smart, introduce yourself, inform others of your ability level, and always have a swim buddy.
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 ag@kitearchitects.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.

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). 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.

Sachuest Ocean Swimmers (SOS) @ Second Beach and Third Beach in Middletown (map / surf report). Contact: Paul Dow at pauldow53@icloud.com

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.