The Palmetto Masters Swim Team is the largest USMS team in South Carolina and is open to those 18 years of age and older, interested in fitness and/or competitive swimming. All levels and abilities are welcome.
We have various training locations to choose from based on your residence and preference. More than 25 deck coached practices are available each week!
"What Masters Swimming Means to Me" Siobhan Maize
"I started swimming with the palmetto masters approximately 5 years ago as a way to get into the sport of triathlon. I had no history in swimming—no swim team, no swim meets—although I had taken lessons as a child. Needless to say I was very intimidated to go to my first swim practice. When I walked in, people were already swimming, which I found even more intimidating! Luckily the coach told me what props to grab (fins, kickboard, pull buoy...) and what lane to swim in. After I swam the warm up I thought that it wasn't bad...until I realized that we had a whole practice left. I was exhausted after just the warm up.
Of course over time I built up my endurance, and over the years have worked on my swim stroke. The coach has helped me improve the quality of my swimming in all of the swim strokes. I have found that despite the caliber of many of the swimmers—some people are so fast!--everyone is helpful and open to all swim levels. Through swimming with a masters group, I have found a group I consider my teammates and friends. I never expected to feel such a closeness to this group, to develop friendships, and feel like such a part of a team (even though I'm still intimidated by swim meets!).
Initially I thought I was simply joining a group to get me swimming, but over the years I have learned that swimming with a masters group means so much more."