Masters swimming is an organized program of swimming for adults. Masters swimming exists to promote health and fitness in its members who participate in a variety of ways ranging from lap swimming, to tri-athletes to those that compete locally, nationally, and internationally in competitive swim meets. Everyone has his or her own reason for joining Masters — health, fitness, camaraderie, fun, the thrill of competition, travel and coaching. Anyone 18 years of age or older can join. Masters swimming was founded in 1970 and currently has over 50,000 members with more than 500 local swim clubs located throughout the country. USMS holds national championships each year for short course yards in the spring and long course meters in the summer.
The Southern LMSC covers the geographic area of Louisiana and Mississippi. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita greatly affected much of Louisiana and Mississippi, but membership has begun to climb back up over the past couple of years. In 2008 we had 468 members and in 2009 we had 558 members. UNO Arena in New Orleans just reopened and hosted the 2010 Short Course Meter Championships.