How do I become a member of LAPS?
You must be a member of US Master Swimming (USMS) in order to join LAPS. USMS is required for insurance reasons and your membership allows you to participate in US Master Swimming (USMS) sanctioned competitions. You also get a bi-monthly subscription to the “USMS Swimmer” Magazine, the USMS official publication. The annual cost is $54 a year and you must be 18 years or older to join. Southern Pacific Masters Association (SPMA) is our local region of USMS.
How much are LAPS dues?
Please see the LAPS Dues page
All visitors must pay $10 per workout; this rate is valid for up to one calendar week. If a visitor plans to swim for longer than one calendar week, he/she must either buy a coupon book or pay the monthly, quarterly or annual dues. If not a current USMS member, visitors may attend practice by providing the USMS 30-day guest membership application and waiver upon arrival to the pool: http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/content/tryout
Visitors should check in with the Coach and place their cash or check payable to “Los Angeles Peninsula Swimmers Inc.” into the black box on deck.
Are there any rules?
- No running near the pool, no diving in shallow end, no hanging on the lane lines
- Please read the LAPS Bylaws
What else should I get?
Swimming is actually a relatively low cost activity. Unlike some sports you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on equipment to participate. However, there are some things you should get before you start swimming regularly:
- Goggles. These are essential, since you’ll be in the pool for more than an hour, and you’ll need to be able to see in the water. Get ones that are watertight and fit your eyes comfortably but snugly.
- Speedos or other formfitting swim suit. Recommended because they’re designed to allow you to move through the water with less resistance.
Not required, but you may also want to bring …
- A swimming cap. Especially if you have medium to long hair, you’ll want to keep it contained and protect it from the pool chemicals.
- Fins, paddles and pull buoy. These can really help your technique and improve your speed, especially if you’re a beginning swimmer. Kick boards are also useful and are readily available at the pool for use.