Academy Bullets Masters (ABM) is a member club of the Illinois Masters Swimming Association, and a designated Gold Club with U.S. Masters Swimming. We provide coached workouts, training, and stroke instruction to adult swimmers (18+) of all ability levels. Masters Swimming provides opportunities for life-long fitness, friendship, and fun. At ABM, we incorporate all three into our program.
If you are a triathlete, open-water swimmer, or fitness swimmer, our teaching and training model provides a great balance to enable you to make gains. If you are a current or former competitive swimmer or water polo player looking for a place to swim, our workouts can help you get into great shape and perform at a high level while measuring progress and preventing injury. Seasoned Masters swimmers and new members alike will find a program tailored to meet their personal fitness, training, and competitive goals.
Competitions (pool, open water, and others) are encouraged (but not required) throughout the year. Our experienced coaching staff is always available and willing to help our participants to realize their swimming potential.
Our schedule runs year round. Our Winter schedule typically runs from late September through USMS Short Course Nationals in early to mid-May. Our Summer schedule begins after Short Course Nationals and runs roughly until the US Aquatic Sports Convention in September.
Regular morning practices are typically held at Marmion Academy from 5:30 - 6:30am. From March through mid-August, morning practices are held Monday through Saturday. From mid-August through the end of February, practices are held Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Our Short Stuff group currently meets Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7pm at Marmion Academy. All of our practices have a coach on deck!
While keeping to our many season plans, each workout is tailored to the attendees' individual needs. Practices are designed to promote progress both in conditioning and mechanics in a positive learning environment.
Additional practices are held offsite in the warmer months, depending on facility availability and interest. Contact the coaching staff for more details.
The ABM fiscal year runs October 1 - September 30, but we encourage everyone to join us year-round. If you'd like to start swimming at any point during the year, download the Academy Bullets Masters Registration Form!
Keep in mind that membership in U.S. Masters Swimming is required to swim with us. Sign up online through USMS here.
If you have questions about Academy Bullets Masters, would like to swim with us, or would like to be placed on our email or text contact lists, please contact Head Masters Coach Chris Colburn via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.