Cape Town Masters Swimming has a number of triathletes that will gladly share their training and triathlon competition with you.
Cape Town Masters Swimming has a number of open-water swimmers that will gladly share their training and open-water competition experience with you. Nearly all of these swimmers compete in both open-water and pool galas.
Yes – there are something like ten training squads at various venues through Cape Town. Check out the “About Us” page on the website for details. You can also find like-minded folks that are swimming at your local pool who will be happy to make up a new squad in your area.
Most folks use training ‘toys’ in their training. These would be short fins; a kickboard; hand paddles; a pool buoy and many other training aids that will make your training varied and fun, and will improve your swimming technique.
1 X 50m freestyle warm-up
4 X 25m freestyle (medium pace)
2 X 25m backstroke or butterfly
2 X 50 m freestyle
2 X 25 m breaststroke
2 X 50m freestyle (warm down)
And as your fitness builds, you can double these distances, and eventually quadruple certain of them as you feel more comfortable. You can also shorten your rest breaks between the sets as your fitness improves, and you can swim sets using the pool clock to start your sets e.g. 4 X 50m Freestyle on the minute
This is highly advisable. This said all Masters Swimmers use their sport to achieve a better level of heath than they would have if they did not swim, and will tell you they have better breathing; better circulation; lower blood sugar levels; better sleep etc.
It is best to start with a very varied training routine to exercise the various muscle groups; and to make your training sessions interesting. Remember in training you are establishing both muscle fitness, as well as building new neural pathways that will all come into play in competition. But a basic training session could involve swimming short distances of say 25m or 50m of your main stroke (e.g. freestyle) and then your secondary strokes (e.g. backstroke or breaststroke or butterfly) in varied sets, taking a short rest between each set.
Fitness is a varied and really actually an individual thing. This said it is best to be swimming two or three times a week, and doing varied sets totalling around 2.0 km per training session, to have a basic level of fitness for short distance competition (that would be 50m and 100m events.)
Usually 11. The Cape is way too laid-back in December for competitions.
Yes certainly. You can take part in local galas “unattached” to any particular club until the bug bites. To compete in big annual SAMS (South African Masters Swimming) galas you will need to belong to a local club like CTMSC.
Certainly not – if you love swimming and like the idea of competing that is enough reason to join.
Easy – just complete the forms on the membership page.
You are welcome.
In years: 19-24 | 25-29 | 30-34 | 35-39 | 40-44 | 45-49 | 50-54 | 55-59 | 60-64 | 65-69 | 70-74 | … you’ve got it. The age groups go all the way through to 105-109 – currently the oldest Masters group competing. Your competing age will be your age on 31 December of the year that you swim in.