I do not have a swimming background, but I am a proponent of Masters Swimming based on my participation since December 2009. Masters swimming is for fitness and competitive swimmers over 18 years old. I am at the less experienced end of the spectrum which also includes former age group, high school, collegiate, national and Olympic swimmers.
During 2010 I slowly got my yardage up and began to learn all four strokes. 2011 was a great year for me and in addition to understanding all four strokes, I began to learn flip turns and tried coming off the blocks.
All of my experience has been with one coach and one pool. As a small group there have been standard political issues that have been largely over my head. I am not sensitive to water temperature. I also cannot evaluate my coach versus any other coach.
Recently my coach has resigned from the program sponsored by the county recreation department. This is alarming to some and I have even come to understand that some people joined the program just for the coach. Some team members intend to boycott the program. I enjoyed practice as usual this morning and really just enjoy swimming. Hopefully that doesn’t change.