There’s no denying that swimming is a great way to get in shape—one only need glance at the swim team at any high school or college to see the results. But are there opportunities for competitive swimming after higher education? Absolutely.
Swim teams are available for all ages, and there are several to choose from in the Kansas City area. While some swimming experience is necessary, you don’t have to be Michael Phelps to join a team—most teams will offer an evaluation of your skills and place you where you’ll grow the most. While some love the thrill of competition, others just look for a place to improve their skills.
Here are two places to get back in your lane, burn some calories, and stay fit.
The Kansas City Blazers
The Kansas City Blazers was established in 1975 and is now a USA Swimming Level IV Club, fostering Olympic hopefuls and novices alike. The Blazers offer practice groups for all ages, from 5 to adults. Practices occur at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center and several middle and high schools in Johnson County. The next evaluation is September 1st, so sign-up today. For more information, visit their website.
U.S. Masters Swimming
For those less concerned about trophies and more focused on personal goals, the Masters Swim program offers a place to test their mettle. There are two Masters swim groups in the metro area—the KC Wave, Kansas City’s LGBTQIA club meets at The Swinney Recreation Center, and the Gladstone Masters meet at the Gladstone Community Center. Masters Swim encourages participants of ages 18 and up of all fitness levels to practice with others to increase their confidence and skill in the water, with resources including an online library of workouts, training and technique articles, and more.