Lead Coach:  James MacTavish


Masters Squad is for swimmers aged over 25 who wish to gain better health, better fitness or make new friends and possibly compete at Masters Competitions here at City of Southampton Swimming Club.

Whilst previous club training experience is preferred, the squad tries to encompasses a whole range of abilities from casual fitness swimming to highly organised competitive swimming. The Masters squad has approximately 60 members. We have three dedicated sessions at The Quays per week, with the training program set by the Head Coach David Terry conducted under James MacTavish.

Along with other members of the squad, you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of competitions throughout the year.  During the past year members from the squad have very successfully competed at the County, Regional and National Championships and been selected to represent Hampshire in Inter-County events. There are also a number of social and training events organised throughout the year. 



The objective of this squad are:

  • To enable swimmers to train at a lower level of time commitment
  • Compete at Masters Competitions with distinction.
  • To promote swimming and better health.

The objectives of this squad are in line with the ASA Long Term Athletic Development plan:

Stage 6 –  Retaining

For swimmers that have withdrawn permanently from mainstream competitive swimming, but wish to maintain staying within the competitive swimming community.  Masters Squad will enable swimmers to use swim training to relax, readjust to non-competitive swimming, retaining swim skills and compete at Masters Competitions if they so desire.


Basic training schedule

An example is available here.

Additional sessions will be included where necessary and programme is subject to change.


Masters Squad swimmers have the option of training once, twice, three or four times each week.


Swimmers are to compete, should they wish to do so, as directed by Masters Coach James MacTavish.

Squad fees

Fees are payable monthly by Go Cardless.


At this level, swimmers are expected to have their own equipment.  Swimmers should arrive punctually for training with the following equipment properly adjusted and in good working order prior to the start of each session.


Training Equipment:

  • Swimming costume or trunks
  • Towel
  • Goggles (preferably 2 x Pairs)
  • Club Swim hat (if worn in training)
  • Pullbuoy
  • Kickboard
  • Band
  • Drinks bottle (700ml)
  • Fins
  • Hand Paddles
  • Skipping rope


Competition Equipment:

  • Racing Costume or trunks to be worn in races only
  • Training Swimming costume or trunks to be worn in Warm-Up & Swim Down
  • Club Swim Hat
  • Drag Pants to be worn in Warm-Up & Swim Down
  • 2 x Towels
  • 2 x Pairs of Goggles
  • City of Southampton Swim hat (to be worn by ALL swimmers)
  • City of Southampton SC Masters shirt.
  • At least 2 x Drinks bottle (700ml)


Masters Club Records

Short Course Records can be found here.

Long Course Records can be found here. 


Masters Competitions 2021

Hampshire Masters Championships Portsmouth : 18th September 2021 Results
South East Regional SC Championships Crawley : 2nd October 2021 Results
ASA Swim England Masters National SC Championships Sheffield : 29th-31st October 2019 Results
All competitions provisional and subject to change over 2021 season