Due to the pandemic we have had to make changes to our masters program. Swimmers must sign up for practices in advance and there is no longer a free trial practice, please email Coach Greg for the sign up link ([email protected])

The term "Masters" sounds daunting, but in swimming it simply refers to any swimmer over the age of 18. Houston Cougar Masters, a U.S. Masters Swimming registered club, is a diverse group of fitness swimmers, competitive swimmers, and triathletes, ranging in age from 18 to 94. Coach Greg Orphanides and Coach Clay offer challenging workouts and expertise in stroke technique tailored to each swimmer's abilities and goals. Come swim with us! All ability levels are welcome.

All participants must be registered with U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS), through their website (Do not try to register through the coog registration tab). Select "gulf" as the LMSC and then Houston Cougar Masters as your team. There are lots of benefits as a USMS member, including a bi-monthly magazine, a monthly e-newsletter, access to swim workouts, and a personal training log. The training log is one of the best benefits as it allows you to track your swim, bike, run, spinning, and weight workouts on-line.

A full list of USMS benefits may be viewed here

Don't forget to check our social media sites for any last minute updates!!!


Monday & Friday 6:00-7:30 am Merfish 25m pool

Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-6:30 am and 7:00-8:30 pm Merfish 25m pool 

Monday through Friday 11:30-1:00 pm Merfish 25m pool

Saturday 10:30-12:00 pm Merfish 25m pool

(Merfish pool is located at 9000 South Rice Ave) 

(JCC pool is located at 5601 South Braeswood) 

Masters receive one session free as a trial. We hope to see you soon!

Click here for new swimmer inquiry

Arena Contract: Also, we've signed a new contract with Arena. The club gets VIK (Value In Kind) for all purchases. So if anyone is looking for a new suit or any gear (including parkas) and they buy them off make sure to use code 3451444 and COOG will get credit.

$70.00 monthly or $140.00 per 20-session punch card purchased on deck through Coach Greg (Checks made payable to "COOGS") or online through our "make a payment" tab on the home page. 

Masters swimmers must also register with Houston Cougar Masters (COOG) under

Any questions can be emailed to [email protected]