By Mike Pearson, News staff
If you’re an early riser who loves to swim, the Ancaster Masters Swim Club has a program for you.
The adult swimming club has started a new early morning program at the Sir Allan MacNab Recreation Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Sessions began this week and continue until June.
Coordinator Linda Vanderhout said the popularity of the club’s evening swim classes prompted the need for expansion. There is currently a waiting list for new members in the nighttime sessions at the Ancaster Aquatic Centre.
Despite the early start time for the morning program, spaces are filling up fast, with approximately eight spots available after Tuesday morning’s opening class.
While it’s not beginner level, the Ancaster Masters Club helps swimmers over the age of 18 improve their overall endurance, speed and technique in the pool. All four swimming strokes are emphasized.
Vanderhout, who has been involved with the club for 25 years, said swimming offers an excellent low-impact workout which is also easy on the body’s joints.
“It’s a great cardio workout and people of all abilities can use the same facility.”
Last year, four club members competed at provincial or national Masters championships. The Ancaster club is affiliated with Masters Swimming Ontario.
Club members include both recreational and competitive swimmers. Coach Deanne Dietz said anyone who is comfortable swimming a few lengths of the pool is welcome to join.
“Some people will choose to swim in Masters meets, but the emphasis isn’t on that,” she said. “If they don’t want to compete, they’re not pressured.”
Dietz, a holistic nutritionist, recommends swimming to anyone looking to improve their health.
Along with a solid cardio workout, swimming can promote a healthy heart, build strength and assist with detoxifying the body.
“It’s definitely one of the things I recommend to my nutritional people,” said Dietz.
To request a spot in the Ancaster Masters Swim Club morning program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees are $310 for the winter/spring session, plus a Masters Swimming Ontario membership of $35.
For additional information on the club, visit http://ancastermasters.blogspot.ca.