Updated June 20, 2021.

Team New York Aquatics’ Low Pressure Zone (LPZ) swim practices are Tuesdays at Sacred Heart Pool (406 E 91st St., Manhattan). This 90-minute clinic-style practice is perfect for intermediate swimmers. These workouts create a space for swimmers with basic skills to help them improve technique to be able to attend a masters-level swim practice. Our mission is to attract new swimmers who have historically been excluded from pool access, including communities of color. 

Swimmer Instruction: Do you already have basic skills (floating, treading water, rhythmic breathing, freestyle, etc.)? Are you new to organized swim practices? Are you looking to learn the basics of how these things work in lap swimming? We’ll teach you everything you need to know in a relaxed, stress-free environment.

Slower-Interval Sets: The LPZ offers workouts using a slower pace appropriate for intermediate swimmers.

Technique Clinics: While coaches are there to help swimmers improve their strokes at all our workouts, the LPZ provides weekly instruction on how to make all your strokes as efficient as possible. (As in, faster, but less exhausting. Efficient technique is everything in the water.)

LPZ Swim Membership Requirements

TNYA & US Masters Swimming Membership

TNYA Membership and U.S. Masters Swimming Membership are required for practice. Follow the steps to sign up using MINDBODY.

If the cost of membership or practice is too high for your budget, please do not that keep you from swimming LPZ! For financial assistance, apply for a Fortoul Fellowship to have the costs reduced. We want you to get all the benefits of LPZ and Fortoul Fellowship programs.

Book Your Practices

You must book practices thirty (30) minutes before practice begins.The practice schedule is below.

If you have booked, and cannot attend, please cancel so we know you are not coming. Cancel without penalty up to two (2) hours before. After that, the practice is not refundable.

If you have any trouble booking, please email mindbody@tnya.org.

Attending LPZ Practice

Review the Sacred Heart COVID Policies & Procedures before attending practice.

If you’ve never taken part in an organized swim practice before, please read this intro to swim etiquette.

You should bring:

  • Sacred Heart CrisisGo Health Check (QR code at entrance)
  • Towel
  • Swim Goggles
  • Swim Cap
  • Swimsuit
  • Bag for your belongings

We recommend arriving 10-20 minutes early for your first LPZ practice. Tell the Gatekeeper you are there for the “LPZ” practice. The Gatekeeper will introduce you to the LPZ Coach. Please tell the Coach your swimming experience and whether you know how to read a swim workout.

Special Thank You

A very special “Thank You” to Heritage of Pride for providing grants to help us restart this program and offer it for free leading up to Pride Month 2021.