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{"ID":46,"SpaceID":2,"PageID":5,"HasCommentsThread":false,"SeoTags":{"OpenGraphTags":[{"ID":"og:title","Name":"New Swimmer FAQ"},{"ID":"og:type","Name":"website"},{"ID":"og:url","Name":"https://www.swimout.org/Cms/Spaces/Pubpages/New+Swimmer+FAQ"}],"NonOpenGraphTags":[{"ID":"description","Name":"New Swimmer Frequently Asked Questions page"},{"ID":"keywords","Name":"masters swimming \"Swim Out Orlando\"\nfaq\nfrequently asked questions\nlap swim\nadult swimming"}]},"Path":"New+Swimmer+FAQ","Title":"New Swimmer FAQ","Author":{"ID":2,"Name":"Joe Clauson","CompanyName":null},"Version":6,"IsDraft":false,"IsOldVersion":false,"PublicationDate":"6/30/2020 5:21 PM","VersionDescription":"v6 - New Swimmer FAQ - Joe Clauson - 6/30/2020 5:21 PM","HideHeader":false,"IsFullWidth":false,"Blocks":[{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"188","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003eAre you new to swimming, visiting, or just want to check out what Swim Out Orlando is all about? Whatever the reason, thanks for checking out our club. This page answers common questions to those of you interested in swimming with us. Come on in! The water\u0027s nice!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eContents\u003c/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q1\"\u003eWhy swim with Swim Out Orlando?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q2\"\u003eWhat\u0027s the membership of Swim Out Orlando like?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q3\"\u003eI\u0027m apprehensive about joining a masters team. Should I?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q4\"\u003eWhat are the workouts like? What\u0027s the distance?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q5\"\u003eWhen and where are the workouts?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q6\"\u003eWhat\u0027s the water temperature?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q7\"\u003eAre locker rooms and showers available?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q8\"\u003eI\u0027m not in the best of shape and a bit shy or uncomfortable in a Speedo. What do I wear?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q9\"\u003eWhen I show up at practice, what\u0027s the procedure for getting into the pool? Do I need to talk to som\u003c/a\u003eebody first?\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q10\"\u003eDoes Swim Out Orlando compete in meets or races?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q11\"\u003eCan I try a few swims before becoming a member?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q12\"\u003eWhat does it cost?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q13\"\u003eWhat happens if I can swim only a few days in a particular month or I\u0027m visiting from out of town?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q14\"\u003eDo I need to show a membership card?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q15\"\u003eWhat should I bring to practice?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q16\"\u003eWhat about the social aspects ... does the team socialize?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"#Q17\"\u003eWhere can I get more information?\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q1\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhy swim with Swim Out Orlando?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGreat question. Central Florida has many options for swimmers. This club was founded on a few different principles. One of which is to join all adults, whether LGBTQ+ or not, through the sport of swimming. Although this group is LGBTQ+ at its core, it\u0027s an all-inclusive club of adults, and all are welcome to participate. Another principle is to form a social bond with others inside and outside of the pool. Social events are another core component of this group. And, the club hopes to foster any personal growth, whether through fitness or competition. New friendships are difficult to find and form here in the large area of greater Orlando. Why not give us a try?\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q2\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhat\u0027s the membership of Swim Out Orlando like?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSwim Out Orlando just formed in April of 2019 and needs members like you to grow with it. It consists of active,\u0026nbsp;adult swimmers, like yourself, most of whom swim for fitness, for the friendly social atmosphere, to get in a quick workout or for rehab from injuries. We are made up of gay, straight, bisexual, transgender and those not-yet-sure swimmers who are students, professionals, as well as retirees. Everyone is welcome and the ages range from 18-100+!\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q3\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eI\u0027m apprehensive about joining a masters team. Should I?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWell, of course, that\u0027s a question you have to answer yourself. However, the hardest part of joining any group or new experience is showing up. You have nothing to lose and much to gain. While everyone must be a member (or trial member) of USMS to swim, it will only cost you a drop-in swim fee to try it out. Masters swimmers have varying abilities--you just have to be able to swim a few laps. If you can do this, then you already have what it takes. All practices are coached, and a workout is provided and adjusted to different abilities of swimmers. Give it a try!\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"resp-row\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"clear\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q4\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhat are the workouts like? What\u0027s the distance?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEach workout is customized to the ability or pace of swimmers. The workouts are just over an hour in duration. We adjust the amount of lanes by attending swimmers, and group the swimmers of like abilities together in the same lane. Usually the workouts use long-course meters (LCM), which is 50 meters in length. However, the pool configuration depends on location and the facility. Distance of workouts can vary from 1200-4000 meters depending on the duration of the workout and the pace of the swimmers. Of course, if this seems daunting to you, don\u0027t worry. You always swim to your ability.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q5\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhen and where are the workouts?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor now, our workouts are held at the Cady Way Pool in Winter Park and the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. Always check the \u003ca href=\"/Events/Calendar\"\u003eevent calendar\u003c/a\u003e for updated times and locations.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q6\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhat\u0027s the water temperature?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe water temperature varies slightly by season. The target temperature range is 79-83 degrees Fahrenheit.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q7\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eAre locker rooms and showers available?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYes, there are men\u0027s and women\u0027s locker rooms available and both have showers available to use. However, due to new restrictions caused by Covid-19, you\u0027ll need to be prepared to swim and depart the facility without the use of a locker room.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q8\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eI\u0027m not in the best of shape and a bit shy or uncomfortable in a Speedo. What do I wear?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAny swimsuit will work. All body types are represented and seen at the pool. People aren\u0027t as focused on your looks as you may think. But, use this club to jump into the pool and get some exercise! Don\u0027t put it off.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q9\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhen I show up at practice, what\u0027s the procedure for getting into the pool? Do I need to talk to somebody first?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSwim Out Orlando is a very welcoming club. When you arrive at the pool, walk up to a swimmer and ask to be directed to the coach or the Membership Director. The coach will welcome you, and ask you a few basic questions about your swimming skills. Prior to coming to a practice, be sure to submit the online Swim Out Orlando Sign-up Form and Liability Waiver and you\u0027ll need to provide your current USMS membership number. If you are unsure about swimming with a masters team, and you haven\u0027t swum with one before, you\u0027ll need to complete the\u0026nbsp;\u003ca href=\"https://www.usms.org/join-usms/trial-membership\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eUSMS online trial form\u003c/a\u003e, as well. This is required. You will then be shown which lane to swim in and be introduced to the team! Please visit the new swimmer information page here to get all of the details.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q10\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eDoes Swim Out Orlando compete in meets or races?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSwim Out Orlando encourages all members to compete in meets or races, but it is completely optional. US Masters Swimming has all kinds of meets all over the country. Our coaches will endeavor to help you achieve your racing goals.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q11\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eCan I try a few swims before becoming a member?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are two memberships--U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) and Swim Out Orlando. If you have never been a USMS member before, you can join this national organization (a requirement) for a free, 30-day trial of its membership. See the above section. However, this swim club (Swim Out Orlando) requires the normal drop-in fee, but there is no commitment needed.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q12\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhat does it cost?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePlease see the \u003ca href=\"/Cms/Spaces/Pubpages/Fees+and+Dues\"\u003eFees and Dues\u003c/a\u003e page and event schedule for swim workout times and prices.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q13\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhat happens if I can swim only a few days in a particular month or I\u0027m visiting from out of town?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSwim Out Orlando offers drop in visits for occasional swimmers and visitors. Please see the \u003ca href=\"/Cms/Spaces/Pubpages/Fees+and+Dues\"\u003eFees and Dues\u003c/a\u003e page for details. All of the requirements apply, and you\u0027ll have to register here before swimming. A drop-in fee is all that\u0027s required.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q14\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eDo I need to show a membership card?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou must prove your current USMS membership. In order to swim with Swim Out Orlando you must present your USMS registration card or validate that it\u0027s current by showing the coach on deck. This is an annual membership that gives both Swim Out Orlando and yourself insurance.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q15\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhat should I bring to practice?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe recommend that you bring a bathing suit, goggles, a cap (optional), sun block, swim fins (if you have them) and a towel.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q16\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhat about the social aspects ... does the team socialize?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYes ... inside and outside of the pool. Besides getting to know fellow swimmers in the pool, many swimmers socialize with each other outside of the pool area. Many swimmers get together for dinner at a local restaurant. As a team, Swim Out Orlando will plan events and parties throughout the year.\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003ca name=\"Q17\"\u003e\u003c/a\u003eWhere can I get more information?\u003c/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLook over our website, drop us an email, check out our Facebook page and (like us!), check out our Instagram page, or stop by the pool at one of our workouts. 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