Pools

PRACTICE SCHEDULES: Updated October 9, 2022

Click graphic to enlarge the fall season practice summary. Scroll down the page for more details.

Scroll down for SwimRI (NEM-SWMR) & South County Y (NEM-SCY) practice details. Scroll to the bottom for info about other pool practices. Click here for info about open water swim groups.


GREATER PROVIDENCE AREA

FALL SESSION (Labor Day thru Nov), WINTER SESSION (Dec thru Feb), and SPRING SESSION (March to late June) @ East Providence Boys & Girls Club's indoor, 5-lane, 25-yard pool:
Tues/Thurs 5:30-7:00am & Sun 7:30-9:00am ($200/session)
Wed/Fri 5:30-7:00a.m. & Sun 7:30-9:00am ($200/session)
Weekdays only Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri ($150/session)
Sunday only ($100/session)
Visitor drop-in fee ($10). One free drop-in allowed for locals to determine if good fit before joining.

This group consists of intermediate to advanced swimmers. Most workouts are written and led from the water by swimmer-coaches Trent Theroux and Albert Garcia. Kaan Duru writes the Wednesday workouts.
SUMMER SESSION (late June to Labor Day) @ Kendbrin Swim & Tennis Club's outdoor, 10-lane, 25-yard pool in Riverside: Tues/Thur 5:30-7:00am & Sun 7:00-8:30am.
$150 for 3x week, $110 for 2x week (weekday or Sunday), $70 for Sunday only, $10 drop-in fee. Outdoor practice will be canceled if there is thunder or heavy rain.
PAYMENT OPTIONS: Check made out to Kendbrin Swim & Tennis Club or Trent Theroux, Venmo to Trent Theroux or Albert Garcia, or cash.  No need to confirm that you're attending, just show up.

Summer Open Water (informal group swims) @ Barrington Beach: 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-6pm.

CONTACTS: Trent Theroux at info@trenttheroux.com and Albert Garcia at ag@kitearchitects.com. For schedule updates ask Trent to add you to their email list and follow the SwimRI Facebook Group.

SwimRI-Pods Swimming @ Pods Swimming Aquatics Center in East Providence (map)
Some SwimRI members arrange small, ad hoc workouts by coordinating their lap swim reservations. On weekdays, Chuck Barnes and Mat Card meet regularly at noon for a one-hour, swimmer-led workout.

You may register for lap swim onsite but are encouraged to pay online. $50 monthly facility membership ($30 for seniors) or $75 for 10 visits or $10 drop-in fee. Lap swimming M/W/F 7am to 2pm and Tu/Th 6am to 2 pm.
Contacts: Pods Swimming Program Manager - jamie.pascale@podsswimming.com or (401) 337-5678.
SwimRI - Chuck Barnes at charlesfrancisbarnes@gmail.com or (508) 733-3100 or Mat Card at mathewcard@gmail.com or (401) 545-8467.

SwimRI-Cumberland @ Cumberland High School (map)

Coached Masters practices Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-6:45am at this 6-lane, 25-yard pool. $10 cash or $8 Venmo per visit. Contact: Jeffrey Miksis at anglerfishaquatics@gmail.com or 401-632-2744.


SwimRI-Lincoln @ Community College of Rhode Island Flanagan Campus (map)
UPDATE: We hope to resume weekly Saturday workouts in November for the 2022-2023 season.
Masters Coach: Dr. Stuart Cromarty at swimlane4consulting@gmail.com or (401) 316-1230
Click here to view CCRI's public lap swim schedule.



WEST BAY AREA

SwimRI-Warwick @ Kent County Y. Practices: Mon/Wed 7:00-8:00pm and Sunday 9:00-11:00am in a 4-lane, 25-yard pool. Contact: Christina Lorenson at swimmingveterinarian@gmail.com.

Kent Y pool practices go on hiatus during July & August and restart in September. To view Coach Christina's summer open-water schedule, click here.


NEWPORT/BRISTOL AREA

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

RWU & KingfishRI Head Coach Matt Emmert offers coached Masters practices Mon/Wed 5:45-7:00am. 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.

Annual Masters Swimming events at RWU include a stroke/skills clinic, the HAWKtoberfest Alumni & Masters Mini Meet in October, and heats of the USMS 1-Hour Virtual Championship in January.


SwimRI-Newport Navy Lobsters @ Naval Station Newport John H. Chafee Fitness Center (map)
Evening Practices: Tues & Thurs 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in this 6-lane, 25-meter pool. The coaches and some of the swimmers are SwimRI (NEM-SWMR) members.

Fees: $3 for DoD civilians, $5 for guests, free for active duty military, dependents and retirees. Check in at the front desk to obtain a single-use pass or 30-pass punch card ($80). Credit or debit only (no cash).

Base access: If you do not have base privileges, contact Mike Garr at (401) 741-7193 to arrange to be driven on base or, if you know a participant with base access, you can attend as their guest.

Contacts: MWR facility coordinator Rachel Meyer at rachel.m.meyer@navy.mil or (401) 841-6628
                  Mike Garr (SwimRI), mikegarr@msn.com or (401) 741-7193
                  Bob Nelson (SwimRI), ticoachme@gmail.com
              

SwimRI-Newport County YMCA
, Middletown, RI.
Tues/Thurs 6:00-7:00am and Sunday 9:45-10:45am. These are small, informal, swimmer-led workouts attended by a few SwimRI members and others. Limited space (8 spots per day). Reservations required: visit www.newportymca.org and click on Facility Reservation to reserve a spot up to 72 hours in advance. The non-member walk-in fee is $13.00.

Generally speaking, the swimmers at the weekday practices are faster than at the Sunday practice.

Contact: Cari Beck at carib@newportymca.org or (401) 847-9200 x108.


SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND

NEM-SCY workout group @ South County YMCA in Peace Dale, South Kingstown (map)

FALL & WINTER/SPRING SESSIONS: Mid Sept thru Dec, Jan thru May. Tuesday/Thursday practices from 6:00-7:15pm and 7:15-8:30pm, Sunday from 9:00-10:30am and 10:00-11:30am. Five-lane, 25-meter pool. Subject to capacity limits. Y membership + approx. $200 session fee.

Max of 3 drop-in visits per person per semester at no cost. Drop-ins must fill out a waiver at the front desk and contact Coach Fred Bartlet in advance to confirm there is space and determine which practice you should attend.

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

Most of these swimmers affiliate with the South County Y Masters (NEM-SCY) workout group; some seasons a few swimmers who practice here affiliate with SwimRI (NEM-SWMR). These South County swimmers previously affiliated with the statewide NEM-SWMR workout group team in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2020, but currently affiliate as NEM-SCY.

SUMMER SESSION: June through August. Informal off-season practices Tues/Thurs: dry land 5:30-6:20 p.m. in the gym + a swim workout 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the pool during lap swim. Written swimmer-led workouts, no on-deck coach. No practice fee but Y membership required. Contact: Dennis Quelch at quelcher@gmail.com.

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

NORTHERN CONNECTICUT

SwimRI-Connecticut Aquatic Club Masters @ UCONN Avery Point Athletic Center in Groton (map)

You must be a member of U.S. Masters Swimming or USA Triathlon to attend these practices. Several swimmers who practice here affiliate and compete with SwimRI (NEM-SWMR).

Aug. 29, 2022 through July 2023: Coached Masters practices 5:30-6:45am Monday (distance free), Wednesday (IM, speed, race pace), Friday (IM, stroke). All abilities welcome. Average 2,500 to 3,500 yards per practice. Each morning there are 3 to 4 lanes available for Masters in this 6-lane, 25-yard pool.

Fees: No annual fee for Masters swimmers. $45/month for 2 practices/week, $65/month for 3 practices/week. Or pay the $8 drop-in fee via cash or Venmo. To join this practice group, click here and follow the directions.

Contact: Coach Jon Caswell at joncacswim@gmail.com


Fox Point Boys & Girls Club, Providence, RI. Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00-1:00pm in 5-lane, 25-yard pool. Not USMS-affiliated. Contact: Aquatics Manager Jonathan Chaisty at jchaisty@bgcprov.org or (401) 709-4813.

Katherine Coleman Moran Aquatics Center, Brown University, Providence, RI. There is no Masters Swimming program or structured adult group workouts at this facility, but it is by far the best pool in Rhode Island. Lap swim is set up short course yards during the school year and long course meters during summer (only LCM lap swim in the state). Online pool schedule. Online membership & guest pass portal. Aquatic Manager: Paul_Crevier@brown.edu or 401-863-5318.

McDermott Pool, Warwick, RI. Tue/Thur 8:00-9:00pm. Older 50-meter pool which to our knowledge is always set up short course yards. Not affiliated with USMS. Coached workout led by Ian Muir. For more info call (401) 738-2019 x (press 2 ) or email warwick-rec@warwickri.com.

Bernon Family YMCA (NEM-HOCK), Franklin, MA. USMS-registered workout group of New England Masters Swim Club. Contact: Mark Bernasconi, mbernasconi@ieee.org

Nutmeg Masters Swim Club (NEM-NMEG), East Lyme, CT. USMS-registered workout group of New England Masters Swim Club. Contact: Robert Bouchey at coach.rob.bouchey@gmail.com.

Gleason Family YMCA (WARH), Wareham, MA. USMS-registered club. Contact Danielle Gilmore at DGilmore@ymcasc.org.

To view open-water swim groups, click here.