What is U.S.M.S.?

United States Masters Swimming (USMS) is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults aged 18 and over. Programs are open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming.

Founded in 1970, the non-profit corporation is organized with 500 clubs in 53 regions throughout the United States. Membership numbers more than 42,000, with individual members ranging in age from 18 to over 100.

Within the clubs, structured workouts, often with a coach, offer well-thought-out training assistance. Pool and open-water races provide opportunities to compete and measure individual progress at the local, state, national and international levels. USMS programs also offer stroke and technique clinics, workshops, and instruction, as well as social functions.

All USMS programs are designed to help swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship, and camaraderie.

Arizona Masters is a U.S.M.S. club. When we participate in events outside of our state boundaries we swim as Arizona Masters. Ford Aquatics Masters is an Arizona Masters team/workout group. When we participate in events within our state boundaries we compete as Ford Aquatics Masters. When U.S.M.S. Nationals are held in Arizona we swim as Arizona Masters.

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