If you’d like to see for yourself what our team is like, come swim with us. Your first swim is free!
Use the contact form on this website to set up an appointment for your free trial swim. Tell us what prior swimming experience you have and what your goals are, and we’ll get in touch with you to arrange a mutually convenient time to introduce you to our coaches and let you try our waters.
The Quarter System
We divide the year into four Quarters, each lasting three months (usually thirteen weeks). Quarters begin on the first day of March, June, September, and December. Membership renewals are due promptly on the first day of each quarter. New members may join at any time.
Membership can be paid by cash or check payable to Columbus Sharks Masters Swim Team. Please bring your payment to practice and give it to one of the captains or coaches.
Full Membership: Our full membership costs $140.00 per quarter and gives you access to all practices – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. This fee will be prorated for new members that join in the middle of a quarter.
Saturday Membership: for $60.00 per quarter, swim every Saturday practice. This membership can be prorated for new members that join mid-quarter.
Both memberships are subject to a $2.00 registration fee
For insurance reasons, all swimmers who participate in Sharks practices are required to be registered with United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and provide a copy of their current USMS card to the Sharks. USMS membership is annual (from January to December) and costs $35.00 per year; registration can be completed online here. When completing the form, check the box next to “CSMT” to choose the Sharks as your team affiliation.
- If you are new to the Sharks and Masters Swimming, you will have a 30-day grace period in which you can swim with us without being registered with USMS. By the end of that period you must provide the Sharks with a copy of your new USMS membership card. If you do not provide your card, you will not be allowed in the pool.
- If you are a current Sharks swimmer, you are responsible for renewing your USMS membership annually, by January 1.
- If you are already registered with USMS but affiliated with another team, you can still join the Sharks at one of the membership options above.
Not sure you’re ready to swim with the Sharks?
If you are looking for swim lessons, or just want to work on your rusty stroke technique a little before trying out the team, we recommend the Discovery Swim School, owned by Sharks coach Christopher Canaday. Discovery also runs a workout group for beginning/intermediate level swimmers called SwimFit, which practices at the downtown Columbus YWCA several mornings a week. Discovery’s individualized instruction and fitness training can help prepare you for the more intense Sharks practices.