Who Are We?
Manitoba Masters Aquatic Club Inc. (MMAC) is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Its main goal is the development and support of an adult swim program. This program involves fitness, strength and flexibility training as well as learning sport specific technical skills. MMAC employs qualified coaches who are well trained and very knowledgeable in the sport of swimming and working with adult learners.
Practices are available 9 times a week: early morning, evenings and weekends. Choose to swim as little or as often as fits your lifestyle. Other optional activities that are offered are time trials, swim clinics and social functions. In addition many members also pursue other activities together such as cycling, skiing, and triathlon.
Other optional activities offered are time trials, swim meets, technical and officials' swim clinics and social functions. For potential members a "get acquainted trial period of four free swims is offered. Simply come down to the pool, join us on the training tank deck a few minutes before the start of the practice and say hello. We'll be pleased to meet you and get you started.
Where We Swim
Manitoba Masters Aquatic Club Inc. (MMAC) operates out of the Pan Am Pool swimming complex (training tank). The Pan-Am Pool is located at 25 Poseidon Bay at the corner of Grant and Cambridge. The Pan-Am Pool was the site of the 1999 Pan American Games. The complex houses two 8 lane 50 metre competition pools, 2 weight rooms, and an indoor track.
Who can join our Masters program?
Masters swimming is open to any swimmer 18 years and older. No
previous competitive background is necessary and you do not have to
compete as a Masters swimmer. The most important prerequisite is
the desire to improve in a fun and stimulating environment.
Potential members are offered a free 4-workout "get acquainted" trial period - come out for a swim, and introduce yourself to the coach to get started! You'll be introduced to the program and placed in the lane best suited to your abilities. Many present members started this way, whatever their initial level of swimming fitness. Swimmers are grouped in lanes with others of similar ability, so everyone receives training workouts appropriate to their level of ability.
However, MMAC is not a learn to swim program; it is an adult
fitness program. You should be confident
enough to swim at least four lengths of the pool comfortably.
Masters swimming puts the emphasis on lifelong physical fitness. We swim for health, for the challenge of training, to look and feel better, to make new friends, and for the sheer fun of it! But don't take our word for it...come on out and see for yourself. Drop by the pool and join us for a week of free swimming. You are welcome to try as many practices as you would like within that one week period. Once you are ready to take the plunge, we have membership packages to suit every budget.
What about competitions? Do I have to compete?
No swimmer is required to participate in any competitive events. However, for those interested, each season there are local and out of town meets, culminating in annual Provincial and National Masters Championships. World Championships are held every two years. Competitors are divided into 5-year age groups beginning with 18 - 24 provincially and 25 - 29 nationally and going to 80 and over. For example, men 50 - 54 compete agains each other and women 35 - 39 are pitted against one another, etc. Meets give swimmers an opportunity to evaluate their progress, to socialize with people with similar interests, and even travel around the world to compete.