TNYA’s swimming program constitutes the largest LGBT masters team in the world and one of the largest masters teams in the country. We offer well over a dozen practices each week, in mornings and evenings, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Our membership spans all levels of experience, from raw beginners to swimmers who compete on an international level. Some of us swim to train for races; some of us never race at all, and are here for the exercise and the camaraderie. Either approach is fine with us — although we do train with the competition season in mind, and we encourage racing at least every once in a while as a way to push yourself and to measure your own progress.

Every practice features a structured workout directed by a member of our experienced coaching staff. Our coaches also provide swimmers with individual attention geared toward polishing their technique to improve speed and efficiency and avoid injury.

We offer new swimmers a free introductory week of workouts. (After that, it adheres to the common fee structure.) For your first workout — pick anything off our workout schedule that’s convenient — we recommend that you arrive 10-20 minutes early. Tell the “gatekeeper” that you are a new swimmer, and the gatekeeper will take care of the rest. If you’ve never taken part in an organized swim practice before, you may find this intro to swim etiquette useful.

When you’re ready to join the team, just create a member profile.