Where does Breakwater Masters Train?

All practices are held at the Crystal Pool located at 2275 Quadra Street, Victoria, British Columbia.

What age range?


What is the range of skill levels within the club? 

While there is no minimum fitness, speed, or endurance level required, new members should be comfortable in the water, including in the deep end of the pool, and able to swim front crawl for 2 lengths of a 50-metre pool comfortably (100 metres total).

Will my swimming skills improve? 

Our coaches focus on technique, and there are always a variety of drills that help to improve your stroke. Workouts are tailored to swimmers’ fitness levels and goals.

I have pretty good technique, but don’t have the endurance or speed that you might expect from a club swimmer. How is this sort of thing accommodated? 

You can start at your own pace in the lane you feel comfortable in. Your fitness and speed will improve with consistent training.  You are welcome to share your goals with the coaches. 

Is it ok if I can only swim freestyle? 

Freestyle is the main stroke used in practices, but practices will involve swimming all strokes. Workouts can be modified to accommodate an individuals’ abilities in the different strokes. When modifying workouts, it is important that swimmers continue to move at approximately the same speed as others in their lane.

How many swimmers are there per lane?

For short course evening practices (25 metres), the average is five swimmers per lane. For long course morning practices (50 metres), there are about seven swimmers per lane.

Can you provide a sense of the types of sets I would be swimming so I can see the type of distances that I would be expected to cover; or the times that I might see on a set (e.g. 100m on 2:00, etc.). 

Pace times and typical distances vary by lane. For 100 metres freestyle, pace times might vary from 1:30 for the fastest lane to 2:30 for the slowest.  Typically we swim between 2 and 3 kilometres per practice. 

I have a medical condition and am interested in swimming again. Can I join this club?

As with all health conditions or concerns, please speak to your doctor before jumping in. If you do join, please make sure your coaches are aware of your condition and how to best support you.

How much does it cost?

Breakwater Masters Swim Club fees are based on cost-recovery. See the Fees section of the website. All members must also be registered with Swim BC. The Swim BC registration fee is paid once per season (September 1 to August 31). 

Why do we have to register with Swim BC?

Registration with Swim BC provides swimmers with insurance and allows them to compete in Masters swim meets if they choose. The Swim BC registration fee is collected by the Breakwater Masters Swim Club at the time of registration and then remitted to Swim BC.

When does the season start and end?

  • Our programs run from September through August.

How many times a week are practices?

  • Both morning and evening masters are 3 times per week.

When are practices?

  • Morning masters swim Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 to 7:15 a.m.
  • Evening masters swim Monday, Wednesday from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday masters swims Saturdays from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

When can I register?

  • Current Breakwater Masters Swim Club members will receive an invitation to register for the next season during the third week of August.
  • New members can register one week later. Registration is first come first serve.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes, when we reach capacity, we will maintain a waiting list. As spaces become available, we will contact people on the list.

How do I pay?

You can pay by:

  1. e-Transfer  or
  2.  Contact the Registrar for other options.

Can I join mid-season?

Yes, if there is room in the program, new members are welcome to join during the season. A surcharge will apply to registrations for less than the full season. 

What happens if I need to withdraw from the club?

Members who cannot attend the remainder of the current session due to unforeseen reasons, can contact the Treasurer for consideration of a refund. If there is a waiting list or the member can find a swimmer to replace them, a refund of prorated fees minus an administrative fee will be provided. Otherwise, the Treasurer will consider the state of the Breakwater Masters Swim Club finances to determine both whether a refund can be provided, and if so, to calculate the amount of the refund.