Peluso Open Water, in conjunction with United States Masters Swimming, welcomes you to Peluso Open Water Masters. Our program caters to swimmers of all levels with an emphasis on competition - in the pool, in the open water or in the first leg of your triathlon. Our coaches will know your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. You will be able to swim with other athletes at your level - from elite masters to beginner triathletes.
All weekday pool workouts are held at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center (CSAC), home of the 2008 Olympic Trials pool, located at 5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond, VA 23234.
Sunday workouts are the St. Catherine's School Anne Whitfield Kenney Sports and Fitness Center located at 6001 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA 23226.
Open Water Workouts
Open water practices are held weekly from Mid-April to Mid-October and are included in the monthly membership fee for Full Masters Pgm Members. Practices alternate between Wednesday and Friday evenings. Friday workouts are at the American Legion, Post 354 and are from 6-7pm. Wednesday workouts are at Lake Salisbury from 6:30-7:30pm. Check the training calendar for specific training days. You must be able to tread water and swim a minimum of 100m without resting in order to participate in our open water workouts. Personal coaching is available for those who are unsure about these requirements but would still like to participate. Pool workouts will still be available during these practice times.
For those individuals just getting into the sport or who swim at a pace of 2:00/100m or slower, we offer hands on Beginners Practices as part of our Masters team. To allow for more coach/swimmer interaction, practices are held in the 25yd, instructional pool on Mon/Wed mornings from 6-7a.m. and the St. Catherine's pool on Sundays from 9-10a.m.
United States Masters Swimming
For insurance purposes, all participants are required to be a member of United States Masters Swimming. The cost to join USMS is only $44/year ($29/yr for 18-24 year olds). There will be an option to register for USMS during your initial Peluso Open Water registration if you are not already a USMS member.
Drop-Ins and Punch-Cards
If you would like to try a practice you are welcome to do so as a drop-in. If you are not a USMS member you may drop-in for 30 days under the USMS 30-Day Waiver Policy. Please fill out the paper-registration form and bring it with you to practice.
We also have Punch-Cards available. Each card is good for 10 pool workouts and can be used at your convenience. These can be purchased on-line and mailed to you or on site at CSAC. Please note that Punch-Cards are non-transferrable and may not be used for open water workouts.
CSAC Pool Membership
You do not need to be a member of CSAC to be a member of Peluso Open Water Masters. However, all Peluso Open Water Masters members receive 50% off membership to the CSAC facility. This allows you access to the facility during non-POWM practice times and includes the dry-land area, underwater treadmills and therapy pools.
Equipment and Information for your first Practice
To get the most out of your workouts we recommend purchasing fins, a pull buoy and paddles which you should bring to every practice. You can purchase Peluso Open Water recommended equipment through our Online Store and pick up your equipment at 3Sports, your local Speedo Retailer. Please also take a moment to review the glossary of drills, terms and abbreviations before coming to your first practice. This will make your experience with the program much more enjoyable and will help in your discussions with the coaches.
We currently offer Month-to-Month and 6-Month membership options to our Full Masters Pgm. This membership provides access to all Peluso Open Water pool and open water practices. Open water only memberships can be found on the Open Water Program page. All memberships are auto-billed on the 1st of the month unless otherwise cancelled. Memberships beginning after the first of the month are pro-rated for that month and billed the regular rate on the first of the following month.
|Full Masters Pgm (6-month membership)
|Full Masters Pgm (month-to-month)
|10 Workout Punch-Card
|Pool Practice Drop-In
|Open Water Drop-In
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