Masters at Reading Swimming Club offers training to all swimmers age 18 years and over. We have around 80 swimmers in our squad and offer up to 6 training sessions a week across a variety of pools in Reading. We are a vibrant, fun and welcoming squad, with swimmers of all ages and all abilities. Come along and try a session!


Our Masters squad is a mix of many ages and abilities, from 18 to 65+, with several swimmers competing at Masters National and European meets, Open Water events and Triathlons. We currently have the UK's fastest channel swimmer for 2015 in our squad as well as many National finalists and European Top 20 swimmers. Competitive and fitness swimmers train together at a variety of different levels. 


Masters swimmers generally follow a programme to lead up to the short and long course Masters Nationals and Europeans events, as well as supporting some competitive triathletes and open water swimmers looking to enhance their swimming fitness and performance. Our squad is also great for fitness swimmers who want the incentive of a regular, motivating training programme. Masters offers the chance to improve your swimming whatever your level, and we welcome all swimmers to join.We also have a regular social calendar and are a friendly, approachable, fun squad. There is a special rate available for swimmers who only wish to swim once a week, otherwise you have the flexibility to chose any session at any time to suit you. It's up to you how much you swim - the more sessions you can do, the faster and fitter you will become. As a guide, to join the programme, you need to be able to swim continuously for 60 minutes and be competent in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke with a willingness to try butterfly! Come along and try a session! You can find out more by emailing Carolyn Fox, our Masters Administrator.

Swimmers can choose the number of sessions they wish to swim each week and fees are set accordingly. The majority swim between 2 and 3 sessions a week. 

Recommended Equipment

-          Kickboard

-          Pullbuoy

-          Fins (Short Blade)

-          Adult Snorkel

-          Hand Paddles

-          2 x 1 Litre Water Bottle


Training Times

*Effective from 31st August 2021*


Tues PM

20:30-22:00 Rivermead

Weds PM

19:10-20:10 Bradfield

Thurs PM

20:00-21:30 Rivermead

Fri PM

19:45-21:15 South Reading

Sun PM






Email the Masters squad

Past Session Plans

Click on the Masters/Waterpolo menu (must be logged in) to access past session plans for Reading Masters. By providing these plans we hope to provide a resource for swimmers that have been unable to attend a session and provide some inspiration for individual swim training.

Unless otherwise stated the session times and distances are based on the most able swimmers in the club.  However, the plans can easily be adjusted to match a swimmers ability:

  • If you are unable to make the target time then be sure to take the expected rest interval (e.g.. 10 seconds) before proceeding with the set
  • If you are unable to make the target time then you may need to reduce the number of repetitions of a given set to keep within session timings (e.g.. do 4 repeats instead of 5)
  • If you are struggling with the distances involved then consider reducing the length of each set (for example 150m rather than 200m)

Joining Reading Swimming Club Masters

If after your trial swim you decide to join the club you need to register as a new member on the club website. The relevant tab can be found on the top left of the home page or click here. You then need to pay the club membership fee and set up a monthly standing order for the swim fee. Once your registration and membership payment have been received you will be registered with Swim England as a Category 2 swimmer allowing you to enter open competitions held under a Swim England license.

Monthly fees are £50 to swim up to 5 sessions or £35 if you only swim up to 2 sessions a week. You must pay an annual Masters Club membership fee of £57.00 (2021/22) which covers your Swim England membership and administration. This is renewable each year. And there is a 'one-off' £20.00 joining fee payable when you first register. All fees and payments are collected by standing order.

For insurance purposes YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRAIN WITH THE SQUAD UNTIL YOUR CLUB AND SWIM ENGLAND MEMBERSHIPS ARE IN PLACE. You will receive an email informing you when everything has been confirmed.

If you are currently registered with Swim England under another club, you may wish to be registered second claim with Reading or make Reading your first claim club. We would be happy to advise you of the best way forward.