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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!

Masters swimmers Jane and Jenny talk about their training in this feature story by WVEC13 Sports!

  • Two YMCA locations (Princess Anne, Mt Trashmore)

  • 8 practices offered per week

Monday through Friday                     5:10am - 7:00am     Mt Trashmore 

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


Open Water Training

  • Practices held mid June to mid September 
  • Swims are held on Saturday mornings at 9:00am, weather and water conditions permitting
  • Meet on West Great Neck Rd (the part that is north of Shore Drive and by McDonald's). There is on street parking in that area and access to the Chesapeake Bay
  • All participants must be USMS and TIDE Masters members
  • Swimmers must be approved for open water swimming by the coaching staff before attending an open water practice
  • Swimmer skill and endurance (ability to swim 500m freestyle without stopping) 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 Morgan or Coach Alex prior to open water training


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!

Join TIDE Masters here

Active Duty Military Discount

$35.00 per month

That's a 30% discount!

Email us to redeem



YMCA and USMS membership required


$54.00 USMS membership fee (annual)

$25.00 one-time TIDE registration fee

TIDE dues are $50.00 per month

TIDE monthly dues charged automatically

No contract required

30 days notice to cancel or suspend

Email us cancel or suspend

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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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