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Helpful Tips

For new members, for veteran members.  For young swimmers, for "old" swimmers.  For non-competitive, for competitive. Here are some helpful hints to guide you through your swimming journey with the Regina Masters Swim Club!

 

Parking:

  • Lawson - You can park either on the south side of the Lawson, or on the east side of the Lawson (if you park on the east side, there is less outside walking during the winter).
  • U of R – You are able to park anywhere in the parking lot outside of the Kinesiology Building (Lot 10) after 5:00pm (or anytime on the weekends).  This includes the parking meters but not handicap parking.  

Arrival:

  • On your first day, please introduce yourself to the coach on deck and tell them a bit about yourself.
  • If you are an early morning swimmer, please note that you may enter the change rooms before they open to the public in order to be ready for the 5:30 a.m. start time.  Arriving earlier will also allow you to help with pool set-up.  We also appreciate help with pool take-down, if you are able to swim until 7:00 a.m.

Equipment:

  • Obviously you need to bring a swimsuit and a towel.  A swim cap and goggles are also considered basic equipment. 
  • Both pools have kickboards and pull buoys for you to use.  Many swimmers purchase their own pull buoys, paddles and and fins, along with a mesh bag to carry them in.  These three items are used regularly in practice. Some swimmers also have snorkels but these are rarely used in practice.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the coaches.  

Lockers:

  • Lawson – You get your choice of lock lockers or quarter lockers.
  • U of R – The U of R has only quarter lockers. 

Swim caps and luggage tags:

  • We have an endless supply of swim caps ($7.50) and luggage tags ($5.00) for purchase.  Please contact Jennifer Gardiner if you would like to purchase either item.

Sunday morning coffee:

  • Please join us for post-swim coffee, regularly at the Stones Throw (Kramer Blvd) after Sunday practice. 

Socials:

  • We have several social events during the year.  These are a great way to get to know other club members. Emails will be sent out regarding these.

Swim meets:

  • RMSC has been hosting a swim meet annually for many years. This meet is a good introduction to the relaxed competitive atmosphere of a masters meet.  Chasing for new personal best times can be a lot of fun for both new and the experienced swimmers.  You are not required to enter meets.  If you don’t wish to swim, lending a helping hand in organization and support is appreciated. 
  • Swim meets are also held elsewhere in Saskatchewan from time to time, and in neighbouring provinces.  Every year there is a national masters championships in May.

Visiting from another club?

  • If you are visiting from another club and are a registered member of Swimming Canada, feel free to join us for a practice or two while you are in town!  It is customary that all registered Masters swimmers from across Canada be able to join another club for a practice if they are visiting.  Please make sure that you introduce yourself to the coach who will help you find the best lane for you.