Our Program

Welcome to the Sarasota Y Sharks Masters, the adult aquatic fitness program at the Sarasota Y. SYSM is a U.S. Masters Swimming program. USMS is the national governing body for adult swimming. We are governed by both the Sarasota Y Code of Conduct and the U.S. Masters Swimming Rule Book, Part 4.

SYSM provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics, and workshops for adults aged 18 and over. We currently have more than 300 members. We welcome ALL adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, noncompetitive, open water). We’re all about helping swimmers improve fitness, train for specific goals, and providing active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie. If you’re new to Masters swimming, we recommend the article series “Masters Swimming 101,” which is published on the USMS website.

We’re proud to be part of the YMCA family and affiliated with one of the top age group swim clubs in the country, the Sarasota Y Sharks. SYS has been around since 1961, but the Masters program is fairly new in comparison. Started in 2006 by Coach Rick Walker, SYSM has already garnered some impressive awards. We have quite a few swimmers who are ranked Top 10 in the country in their age groups, and some All Americans (ranked #1 in the country) as well. We’ve won many Y National Championships and placed in the top 10 clubs in the U.S. at USMS National Championships. SYSM was also honored as the USMS Club of the Year in 2012.

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