Peluso Open Water, in conjunction with United States Masters Swimming, welcomes you to Peluso Open Water Masters (POWM). 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) located at 5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond, VA 23234.
Sunday workouts are held at the St. Catherine's School, 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 October and are included in the monthly membership fee for Full Masters Pgm Members. Practices alternate between Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6-7pm. Friday workouts are at the American Legion, Post 354, Wednesday workouts are at Lake Salisbury. 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. To allow for more coach/swimmer interaction, practices are held
- Mon/Wed 6-7a.m. in the 25yd, instructional pool
- Sundays 9-10a.m. and at the St. Catherine's pool from Sept to Feb
If you are looking for the very basics in group swimming, check out our Pups Program to get started.
United States Masters Swimming Membership
For insurance purposes, all participants are required to be members of United States Masters Swimming. The cost to join USMS is $50/year. 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, Punch-Cards & Out of Town Visits
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 picked up at CSAC. Please note that Punch-Cards are non-transferrable and may not be used for open water workouts.
Live 50-miles or more from Richmond but need a place to get in a workout while on the road? Bring in one of your team caps for our "Out of Towners Wall" and drop-in to a practice free of charge. We'll be happy to trade you one of ours.
CSAC Pool Membership
You do not need to be a member of CSAC to be a member of POWM. However, all POWM 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 goggles, 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 or pick up your equipment at 3Sports, your local 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 Program. 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 by email to PelusoOpenWater@gmail.com BEFORE the 1st of the month. 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 (month-to-month)
|Full Masters Pgm (6-month membership)
|10 Workout Punch-Card
|Pool Practice Drop-In
|Open Water Drop-In
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