By Solange Reyner
If you're a former swimmer looking for a structured workout, we've got a list of Master's swim teams for you.
This USS Registered year round Swim Program caters to all levels of swimmers with workouts as tough as you want them to be. Tryouts and placements are Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Miami Country Day School
601 NE 107th St
Practice times: 5 to 6:30 a.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $70 to $100 per month.
11350 SW 216 Street
This 50-meter pool is heated and open year round. There's an eight class learn to swim program for adults that costs $30. No swim team here, but there's open lap swim from 5 to 7 p.m. daily for $1.50.
3401 SW 72 Avenue
There's a swim team, a synchronized swim program, and exercise classes at Barnes Park.
11201 SW 24 Street
Call Kirk Pepas: 786.255.4695
MAC is run by Pepas, who has been a leader in the Florida Gold Coast Swimming scene for nearly 30 years.
Practice times: Monday through Friday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or M, W, and F: 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.
Cost: $50 per month
9460 SW 27 Drive
Call: Nella Sanchez 305.710.7882
Monday through Thursday: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 a.m. (call before the morning session).
Sanchez. originally from Argentina, has been coaching for 12 years in South Florida. Rockway pool is a 25-yard by 25-meter heated outdoor pool.
Cost: $40 per month.
Dave & Mary Alper Jewish Center
11155 SW 112th Ave
These laid back practices take place in Kendall in this six-lane, 25-yard outdoor pool.
Practice Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. or Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per month.
Islands of Cocoplum Recreation Facility
155 Isla Dorada Blvd.
Coral Gables, 33143
Call Eric von Schwab: 305.505.3520
Here's a private option for people who want a little more flexibility with their schedule. von Schwab works with all levels (and all schedules) in this 20-yard outdoor pool.
Gulliver Schools - Prep Campus
6575 SW 88th St
Call: 305.666.7939 and ask for James Sweeney.
Sweeney, a former All-American swimmer at Indiana (and head coach at the University of Miami for 10 years) runs this program at this newly opened $5 million dollar facility. Housed in Gulliver Preparatory, this Olympic size pool has both a 20-lane short course and 10 lane long course pool with heaters and chillers and the latest Omega starting blocks and timing systems.
Practice times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 7 a.m., noon to 1. Saturday morning from 7-8:30 a.m.
Monthly cost: $80 per month for coach workouts. For 10-coached workouts: $75.