Practices are held the last two weeks of September to mid-August of the following year.

  • Tuesday: 7:30–8:30 p.m. — OR — 8:30–9:30 p.m. (Short Course Workouts) *
  • Thursday: 7:30–8:30 p.m. — OR — 8:30–9:30 p.m. (Short Course Workouts) *
  • Saturday: 7:30–8:45 AM (Long Course Workout) **
  • Sunday: 10:00–11:15 AM (Long Course Workout)

*Please note – these are two separate practice times. They are not to be combined together for a two-hour workout, nor is there switching back and forth between times. Once a swimmer is committed to a time-slot they must swim only in that workout.

**Saturday morning workouts are followed by an optional breakfast social at Pluto’s restaurant, on Cook Street.


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

( Map, Photo and Link to Crystal Pool )


A limited number of free off-street and free on-street parking is available at and in front of the Crystal Pool. Note that they are time-limited spaces but the permitted time allowed adequately correlates to practice time.


There is a securable bike rack located at the entrance to the pool facility.


There is a securable skateboard rack located at the entrance to the pool facility.


There are securable temporary lockers in each change room, which require 25¢ coins.


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These tips on etiquette for Masters Swimmers are from the September 1996 issue of the Great Lengths newsletter for BC Masters. This has been edited to suit our team, with a few items added. I hope this helps everyone to understand why we do the things we do.

  • Help set up the pool for workout, and help put things away after.
  • If you are late, warm up on deck or in the public lane. Then start the workout at the same point as the rest of the swimmers in your lane.
  • Within each lane, swimmers should arrange themselves for each set: fastest to slowest. It is the lead swimmer’s duty to ensure that the lane starts swimming at the proper time for each set.
  • Allow five or ten seconds between swimmers. Note that allowing ten seconds in sets of over two lengths means that the lead swimmer may overtake the end swimmer, so this is not always the best option.
  • Swim in a circle within each lane, staying off the black centre line.
  • To pass, touch the toes of the swimmer in front of you twice. They should stop at the end of the length and allow you to pass. If you must pass mid-length, make sure it is safe so that you don’t hit a third swimmer!
  • As you approach turns, cautiously ease over the black ‘T’ from your current direction so you can push off from the wall in your return direction in a straight line.
  • Try to swim the workout as posted, but sit out a repeat if you need to. If you are not doing the same things as the rest of your lane, keep out of their way or move to another lane.
  • When finishing a swim, move so the swimmer behind you can touch the wall (especially in a timed set!)
  • Please avoid using gear that can injure other swimmers. If you do need to wear something hard or sharp BE AWARE of where your hands are likely to make physical contact with others (such as oncoming swimmers in an adjacent lane).
  • Do not swim over people. If they are slower than you are, please follow the passing etiquette.
  • It’s a good idea to always be aware of where your teammates are (and where the wall is), if you want to avoid injury and enjoy a good workout! If any of this is unclear please ask someone.
  • NOTE: there is trained first-aide care on deck at all times.



  • Warm-up/Cool Down: Slower paced swimming that allows the body to get ready for and gear down from the main set
  • Main Set: The higher intensity parts of the workout; usually broken up into ‘intervals’ or ‘repeat’ swims
  • Kick/Pull: Legs only/arms only drills; usually done with kickboards or pullbouys
  • Drills: An assortment of techniques used for stroke correction or improvement, and for variety
  • “4 x 50 on 1:30” (as one example you’d likely see on the workout board at practice) means ‘swim 50 meters, 4 times, leaving from the wall for each 50 meters every minute and a half’.
  • Descend: Each length repeat is done in a faster time than the previous length.


There are timing clocks at either end of the pool — most are analogue and one is digital—sadly none are in sync with each other. The analogue clocks have four, coloured hands, each fifteen seconds apart. Here is an example of how to use it:

  • The set is 4×50 on 1:30
  • The coach says to start at the Red Top, so you leave when the red hand reaches the top (60 second mark)
  • You swim your 50 meters and touch the wall at the end
  • Looking at the clock, you see the red hand is on the 15, so your swim time was 1:15 (the red hand will have completed one full rotation already: 1 minute, plus another 15 seconds)
  • As your intervals are 1:30, you leave again on the Red Bottom
  • You have had 15 seconds rest
  • The next time, you will leave after 1:30 again, so you leave on the Red Top
  • Repeat this until you have completed your set


The hot tub & saunas are good places to stretch, relax and socialize after workout. Often during the weekday evenings there is a high demand from the public for these amenities at the pool and capacity is limited.