TIDE Masters Program

The word “Master” swimmer has nothing to do with your skill level or competency in the water, just your age. Unfortunately the name can be intimidating to some people, but Masters swimming is truly for everyone!  Whether your objective is fitness, triathlon training, or competitive swimming, we have created a Masters group that will help you reach your goals.  We provide great coaching for any level of training and a fun team environment! Join us!

  • Two locations (Princess Anne, Mt Trashmore YMCAs)

  • 9 practices offered per week



Monday through Friday           5:00am - 7:00am     Mt Trashmore YMCA

Saturday (distance training)   10:00am - noon     OPEN WATER (June - Sept)



Monday, Wednesday, Friday*          12:00pm - 1:00pm     Princess Anne YMCA

*Swimmers who wish to add a dryland workout to their training should consult with Coach Dana. She will provide a training program that you can follow independently, on a schedule that is convenient to you, and that is consistent with your individual goals.

Open Water Training

  • Practices held June 3 - September 2
  • Swims are be held, weather permitting, Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Saturdays at 10:00am
  • Meet at the Lee Avenue entrance to Chic's Beach (on the Chesapeake Bay)
  • All participants must be USMS and TIDE Masters members
  • Swimmers must be approved for open water swimming by Coach Dana before attending an open water practice
  • Swimmer skill and endurance will be assessed at a TIDE Masters practice prior to commencing open water training
  • Swimmers must sign a WAIVER to participate. Print, sign and return THIS to Coach Dana prior to open water training



Dana MacCorquodale, Head Masters Coach                       

(email Coach Dana)

Tide Swimming is pleased to announce the addition of Dana MacCorquodale to our staff of professional coaches. Dana will be Head Masters and Open Water Swimming Coach.

Dana recently moved to Virginia Beach from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is a marathon open water swimmer and an Ironman triathlete. She is also certified as a level 2 Masters coach. In addition to leading our Masters program, comprised of both swimming and dryland workouts, Dana will add open water swimming, her specialty, to the schedule when the weather allows it.

Dana brings an enthusiasm and breadth of experience to TIDE that will both energize and elevate our Masters program as well as allow us to add an open water swimming component. We look forward to putting Tide Masters on the map!



Hi! My name is Dana MacCorquodale.  I am a marathon open water swimmer, Ironman triathlete and ultra runner.  I was raised in the YMCA swimming pool and cross country courses of Lockport, Illinois.  I began swimming at the age of 5 and joined a local cross country running club at age 6.  My days were filled being shuttled from practice to practice and competing. I ran my first half marathon when I was 8 years old.  I did my first triathlon when I was 10 and I was the first female out of the water. I love the smell of chlorine and the delicious feeling of utter exhaustion after a tough practice.  I love to train. I love a challenge.  My dad is a runner and my mom is a triathlete, having competed in the Kona Ironman three times.  My life has always revolved around sports. Due to injury, I can no longer run competitively but I can still swim, and swim, and swim…I fell in love with open water swimming at an early age. When I get into the open water, I am able to get into a rhythm, relax, and it’s just me and the water.  That’s where I have found my bliss.  I have had amazing coaches and the things they instilled in me have made me not only a better athlete but also a better person. I owe them a debt of gratitude. I feel like it’s my time to give back. 

I am very excited to be a member of the incredible Tide Swimming Staff! My goal is to make Tide Masters a force to be reckoned with…I will be implementing an open water swimming element for my masters swimmers. I plan on doing two open water swims weekly once the weather warms up! It is totally different than a pool practice, no sets, no flip turns, just swimming, laughing and having fun! 

I look forward to getting to know each and every once of you as well as your goals! I hope I can be an instrument to help you achieve anything you dream.

Join us!! You're never too old to challenge yourself and try something new!

History was made at the Sixth Annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic. Edwin Graves, 91, Tiger Holmes, 93, John Corse, 90, and William Adams, 88, all former college swimmers who stopped swimming for decades, went on an age-group record setting binge. The swimmers’ combined age is 362: an average of 90.5!


YMCA and USMS membership required


$52.00 USMS membership fee (annual)

$25.00 one-time TIDE registration fee

$50.00 monthly dues

Monthly dues charged automatically

No contract required

30 days notice to cancel or suspend

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Join TIDE Masters

Summer Membership Special!!

June - September

Dues reduced to $25 per month!

Register HERE



Join a Masters workout for a $10 drop in fee. If you wish to train at least 5 times during your stay, we invite you to register online. Your $25 registration fee will be applied to your fees for the month ($50 total).



"Swam noon Tide Masters at outdoor Princess Anne YMCA pool today. First real swim for me in 2 years. I recommend it:
1. Outdoor swimming is like a different sport from indoor - SO MUCH BETTER!
2. Having a coach and fellow swimmers in the pool is way more fun than swimming alone.
3. Overall body fatigue feels weirdly good hours later
4. Forgot how much I enjoy the feel of water - good for the soul!"

-Katy Arris-Wilson, President, TIDE Board of Directors. Read about Katy's exceptional swimming career HERE.

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