Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
It’s been a while since I last swam. Should I join?
WAM welcomes swimmers of all levels, so we would love to have you! We only ask that you be able to swim 50 yards before joining us. We will work with you on fitness, endurance, stroke technique, or whatever else you would like.
Where and when does WAM practice?
We practice out of the brand new Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) pool (Sports and Recreation Center, 153 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA). The pool is really gorgeous!
Free parking is available in the adjacent parking garage.
Practices at the WPI site are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30-6:30 am; Tuesday at 7:00-8:30 pm; Wednesday at 7:00-8:00 pm; and Sunday at 8:00 – 9:30 am. For more information click here.
How much does it cost?
The monthly fee for WAM is $65 for unlimited practices a week or $53 for 2 practices a week. WPI community members (students, faculty, staff, or others with full membership to the Sports and Recreation Center) pay a reduced fee of $30. Our dropin rate is $10/practice. Dues are to be paid on the 1st of each month and checks can be made payable to ‘WAM’ or ‘Worcester Area Masters’.
How do I sign up?
First, come to practice to try us out at no cost. Make sure you bring your WPI waiver. If you decide to stay, bring the registration form and monthly dues to your next practice. Don’t forget to join USMS. Find out more here.
Are there lockers and showers available?
There are locker rooms and showers available at the pool.
Are the workouts coached?
Yes! Every workout is coached. All of our coaches have collegiate and/or masters swimming experience. You can learn more about our coaches here.
What should I bring to practice?
All you need is your own suit and goggles. A swim cap is required for hair at or past the shoulders, and we have some available. Kickboards, pull buoys, and fins are available on deck, but some swimmers choose to bring their own. A water bottle is also strongly recommended!
What are the workouts like?
Usually, we swim between 2800 – 3300 yards in an hour. Tuesday night and Sunday morning are a little bit longer. Set intervals and yardage can and will be adjusted based on your needs and abilities. Two weeks before one of our focus meets we will taper down to about 1500 yards.
Depending on the day, we focus on different things. Currently, our weekly training plan is as follows:
Sunday – Higher yardage and we try to use the blocks
Monday – IM & technique
Tuesday – Sprint & kick
Wednesday (am) – Recovery & technique
Wednesday (pm) – Stroke
Friday – Pull & technique
Does the team participate in competitions? Do I have to?
We welcome competitive swimmers, fitness swimmers, and triathletes alike. The team does focus on four meets per year, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to! Alternatively, if you have never competed but would like to start, we are happy to help you with that, too. If you have a triathlon or other event you are working towards, please let the coaches know and we will work with you to reach your goals. If you prefer to practice purely for fitness purposes, that is great, too! Check out past results and our next meet!
Can I connect with the team outside of the pool?
Once you join the team, you will be added to our email alias. We also have an active Facebook group. Additionally, team members often schedule social events such as dinner, movies, and open water swims when the weather is nice. We have a social event on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, currently at Wooberry Frozen Yogurt or Boomers Sub and Deli… open to suggestions!
Where’d you get that cool logo?!
Our WAM Ram logo was designed and drawn by Colette Aubin, digitized by David Benedict, and colored by Alford Green.
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