Masters swimmers compete within age groups of five years: 19-24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, and 100+.
U.S. Masters Swimming
United States Masters Swimming is the governing body of masters swimming in the United States, sponsoring competition at all levels both in the pool and in the open water. In addition, it sponsors programs for non-competitive "fitness" swimmers who train primarily for the health benefits that the activity offers to the aging athlete.
Masters Swimming Canada
Masters Swimming Canada is the governing body of Masters Swimming in Canada, listing swim clubs, competitions and provincial master swim associations.
There are individual swimming events for the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley and 4 types of relays that are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) or its respective member organisations.
Recognized Types of Competition
- Freestyle: 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 10 km (or other open water swims of lesser or greater distance)
- Backstroke: 50m, 100m, 200m
- Breaststroke: 50m, 100m, 200m
- Butterfly: 50m, 100m, 200m
- Individual medley: 100m (in 25m pools only), 200m, 400m
- Relays: 4×100m freestyle, 4×200m freestyle, 4×100m medley, 5 km 3-person team pursuit