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Joining the Chicago Smelts Masters Swim Team

The Chicago Smelts encourage fitness, friendship, community and competition through swimming. Membership is open to everyone, including gay-friendly straight swimmers. You may join the Chicago Smelts at any time during the year and participate as much or as little as you like.  We have no swim practice or swim meet attendance requirements.  


Steps to joining the Chicago Smelts team:

1. Become a United States Masters Swimming (USMS) member. USMS provides our general liability insurance during practices. Every person in the pool at Gill Park or Jones College Prep, including the coaches and lifeguards, needs to be a member of USMS or this liability insurance is voided. Register for USMS here: 

Sign up with these affiliations:

LMSC: Illinois
Club: Illinois Masters (IM)
Workout Group: Chicago Smelts (CHSM)

2. Pay the Chicago Smelts team membership fee. This can be paid monthly or annually here. Membership fees are non-refundable. 

When you register, you will be charged the monthly or annual fee immediately.

Thereafter, monthly memberships will automatically charge your card on file on the first of every month, until you notify us that you would like to cancel your account.

Annual memberships will automatically charge your card on file every twelve months on the first of the month. For example, if you join on March 15, you will be charged immediately for the current year, and then you will be charged every April 1 until you notify us that you would like to cancel your account.

2018 rates:

Membership Type Monthly Annual Notes
Competition Only (Annual) N/A $30 For swimmers who register for USMS meets as a Smelt, but do not attend practice.
Reduced rate: Under 25 or Full Time College Student $21 $210 $42 savings over monthly dues
Regular membership $26 $260 $52 savings over monthly dues

3. Pay the Gill Park Team Sports fee. In order to swim at Gill Park, the Chicago Park District charges a $35 seasonal fee for "Adult Team Sports." This fee can only be paid in person, not online. You can pay/register in person with cash or card at the Gill Park Recreation Center front desk Monday-Friday, 2-8pm. 

4. Join our Facebook group! This is a great way to interact with other members, share swimming-related stories, make plans for social events or meets, and stay up-to-date on announcements. It's a closed group, so be sure to request to join and we will approve once your registration is complete. 


See our video, "What the Chicago Smelts Means to Me..."