Visiting Masters Swimmers

We welcome visiting swimmers! Visitors MUST contact our Masters coach prior to arrival. To swim in our workouts, you must be a current member of U.S. Masters Swimming, pay a $10 drop-in fee, and sign a Sarasota Sharks waiver. Please do not show up expecting to swim if you haven’t contacted the coach in advance.

Workout Groups

We have three workout groups: Gold, Black, and White, and all are accommodated during our 90-minute practice time slots, with the exception of the 5:30 a.m. time slot and Saturday’s pool practice, which are attended primarily by Gold group swimmers.

Yardage 4000+ 3000


Base interval—100-yard freestyle 1:30 2:00


Notes Challenging intervals and plenty of stroke and IM sets Mix of freestyle and strokes

Primarily freestyle-based but with some stroke mixed in









Practice Schedule

We have a practice time for everyone!

Remember: Everyone must sign in and drop-in swimmers must pay the $10 drop-in fee to the coach on deck

5:30–7 a.m. 5:30–7 a.m. 5:30–7 a.m. 5:30–7 a.m. 5:30–7 a.m. 7 a.m. pool (this time varies with events)
7–8:30 a.m. 7–8:30 a.m. 7–8:30 a.m. 7–8:30 a.m. 7–8:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. open water at Siesta Beach
8:30–10 a.m. 8:30–10 a.m. 8:30–10 a.m. 8:30–10 a.m. 8:30–10 a.m.  
6:30–8:00 p.m. 6:30–8:00 p.m. 6:30–8:00 p.m. 6:30–8:00 p.m. No evening practice  











Please print this document and post it somewhere where you can refer to it!


Monday, December 23:   Normal Schedule, NO OPEN SWIM--HAPPY HANUKKAH! 


Tuesday, December 24 : One practice only 7 -8:30am Marshall Special-- NO OPEN SWIM


Wednesday, December 25 : NO PRACTICE, NO OPEN SWIM


Thursday, December 26 :  5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm, 6:30 - 8pm, NO OPEN SWIM


Friday, December 27 :  5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm


Saturday, December 28 : TBA


Monday, December 30 :   5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm, 6:30 - 8pm


Tuesday, December 31 : 5 -6am, 12 - 1:30, NO EVENING PRACTICE


Wednesday, January 1 :  Open water event at Siesta Public Beach  POOL CLOSED


Thursday, Jan 2 : 5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm, 6:30 - 8pm


Friday, January 3 : 5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm


Saturday, January 4 : TBA


Monday, January 6 :  5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm, 6:30 - 8pm


Tuesday, January 7 :  5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm, 6:30 - 8pm


Wednesday, January 8 : 5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm, 6:30 - 8pm 


Thursday, January 9   :5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm, 6:30 - 8pm  


Friday, January 10 :  5 - 6am, 12 - 1:30pm


Saturday, January 11 :  TBA


Monday, January 13 :  Return to normal schedule






NOTE: On Saturdays we offer both a pool and open water practice. Both are confirmed via email on Thursday or Friday due to possible weather cancelations or scheduling conflicts. Visiting swimmers should contact the coach directly.

Lakewood Ranch Practice

Some Sarasota Sharks Masters swimmers who live farther north swim at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. Please contact Coach Ed Mench with questions about the workouts and fees.

Open Water Saturdays

Our open water group meets at 7:30 a.m. in the far north end of the parking lot at Siesta Key Beach and walks to the blue lifeguard stand. All levels are welcome. However, for safety reasons:

  • Check in with the coach during the week if you are joining the group for the first time.
  • As with all Sarasota Sharks Masters workouts, USMS membership is required.
  • This is a group swim—please bring a team-player attitude.
  • Brightly colored swim caps are required for all swimmers. The best colors are bright/neon pink, yellow, orange, or red. Avoid white, silver, blue and green, which blend in with waves and water.
  • Fins are required for those swimmers who cannot keep up with one of the pods.
  • When the water dips below 70 F, wetsuits will be required, unless you have proven cold-water swimming experience.

This is a great way to get some open water experience while having fun with the group. If you are focused solely your individual performance, this practice might not be for you. We expect swimmers to buddy up and watch out for each other. There are almost always two or three different pods for a variety of swimming speeds. Breakfast afterward!

Laura confirms this practice with an email on Friday. However, shifting weather and water conditions might cause practice to be canceled after that email. Unless you’re a registered member of Sarasota Sharks, you won’t get any email updates. However, for night-before or day-of updates, you can follow us on Twitter at @SharksMasters.