Masters

Masters swimming offers an excellent opportunity for structured training and competition for adult swimmers aged 18 and over. There is normally 1 coach to 40 swimmers.

The masters squad at Barnet Copthall, affectionately known as The Beavers, is one of the largest and most successful of its type in Europe with a number of national, European and World record holders and champions amongst its members.

The masters section of the club was first formed in 1985 and is based at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre in Hendon, north London. Over 80 registered members train in one of the two 25m pools with masters-only training sessions held five times a week. The club boasts two masters coaches and a dedicated support team including physios, masseurs, teachers, taxi drivers, genetic counsellors, supply chain consultants and a flooring supplier.

In addition to the training organised by the club, Barnet Copthall are also the only masters club in the UK to hold three separate competitions each year. These events allow those taking part to compete over the full range of the distances from 50m to 1500m.

The Masters programme consists of competent adult swimmers aged from about 18 years of age and older.

There is no upper age limit but swimmers must be able to swim well on at least three different strokes. Initially, speed is not paramount but the aim of the group is to develop a competitively minded group of swimmers by way of structured professional coaching.

Swimmers are organised into lanes by ability rather than age or sex. There are opportunities to learn new water skills with a view to competitive stroke improvement, starts, turns and drills. Additional specific training is available for regular competitors. There is no minimum number of sessions [Just as well too] but obviously, regular attendance will lead to improved fitness, endurance and speed.

Our competitive swimmers are among the best in the country with a number of National record holders and International medallists in the team. They are encouraged to take part at Masters competitions some hosted by BCSC as well as other Open Meets, District, National and International competitions. The atmosphere is friendly and inclusive.

All are very welcome to come and try the sessions on a one-month free trial.

Our main training sessions take place at the following times:

Tuesday 8.30pm - 9.30pm

Tuesday 9.30pm - 10.30pm

Thursday 9.00pm - 10.30pm

Saturday 7.45am - 9.00am

Sunday 4.30pm - 6.00pm

We also hold an additional training session at the following time for masters wishing to take part in competitions on Mondays from 9.00pm - 10.30pm

At each given training session those taking part are split into lanes based on how far they wish to swim and at what speed. Typically an average session will involve swimming between 2,500m and 6,000m (100 to 240 lengths) depending on which lane you swim in.

Visit the British Swimming Masters Competition Calendar

For further Information please contact Masters Coach Ian Woollard

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