Considering joining us for a practice? We are a US Masters Swimming team open to ALL; committed to fostering national and international competition for amateur athletes. Are you an experienced swimmer? New to swimming? Regardless of your prior swimming experience, we welcome everyone. We can help you learn the four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke) or refine your existing stroke technique.
Dates and Times:
View our calendar for our current practice schedule.
Cost and Registration:
Your first practice is on us! After that, practices are $5 per session (we accept cash or check at practice or you can pay online). We also offer a monthly discounted rate, which is currently $30 per month.
We also require that all members join US Masters Swimming. This is primarily for insurance purposes. Annual membership to USMS costs around $45.
(Financial assistance is available. Please ask an Ohio Splash board member.)
Ohio Splash welcomes registered USMS swimmers from other cities. Just show up at any workout and introduce yourself to the coach. Visitors must show their USMS card.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to be able to swim?
It’s recommended that you be able to swim at least one stroke for the length of the pool (25 yards). Our coaches can help you improve all four strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly) but cannot always provide intensive instruction needed to learn each stroke. For learning to swim, you can check out adult learn-to-swim programs at the Columbus Recreation and Parks, Aquatic Adventures and or by searching for adult swim lessons.
What should I bring?
A great part about swimming is that the equipment investment is very low. You probably already have everything you need! Bring goggles, a swimsuit and towel.
What about goggles?
Goggles come in all shapes and sizes. You should pick a pair that fits comfortably; you’ll be wearing them for long periods. You can find these at local sporting goods stores or online.
What equipment is provided?
Some of our pools have kickboards and pull buoys for use. Check the practice locations below for more information on availability. You will use kickboards when practicing kicking only, as they provide buoyancy. Pull buoys work similarly, only these allow you to focus on your upper body and the “pull” portion of the stroke.
What can I expect at a practice?
The pool is divided into multiple lap-lanes. The lanes are divided by experience level; from beginner lanes to advanced lanes.
Experienced swimmers can expect a workout around 3000 yards in an hour. Beginner lanes will swim around 1000 yards. However, anyone is welcome to take an extended break between (or during) sets if you need.
Swimmers stay to the right-side of the lane and swim 5 to 10 seconds apart from one another. This is known as “circle swimming”.
Ohio Splash typically practices at the following pools:
Columbus Aquatics Center
1160 Hunter Ave., Columbus OH 43201
The Columbus Aquatics Center is located in the Short North at 1160 Hunter Ave. Free parking is available in the surface lot to the north and east of the building. Enter through the door on the north side of the building (do not use the main entrance on Hunter Avenue). The pool has pull buoys and kickboards for use. Lockers are available for 25 cents and only accept quarters.
Tuttle Park (Outdoor)
240 W Oakland Ave, Columbus OH 43201
Splash swims at Tuttle Park for the summer season of 2016. Tuttle Park is located at 240 W Oakland Ave, just off Lane Ave north of Ohio State University. The facility is part of the City of Columbus Aquatics, and features an outdoor 25 short course meters pool. The pool has pull buoys and kickboards for use.
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion (RPAC) at Ohio State University
337 W. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43210
McCorkle is part of the RPAC complex at Ohio State. Parking for a fee is available at the Neil Avenue Garage. Enter through the main entrance of RPAC at the south end of the building. You will have to tell the front desk that you are with Ohio Splash in order to gain entry. Locker rooms and the aquatic center are located in the lower level from the entrance. Bring your own lock for a locker (locks must be removed after practice). Pull buoys and kickboards are rarely available. Please bring these if you have them.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus (JCC)
1125 College Ave., Columbus OH 43209
The JCC is located off Livingston Avenue near Bexley. Free parking is available at this facility. Enter through the main doors and sign-in at the information desk. The pool is located on the first floor and the locker rooms are located in the basement. Bring your own lock for a locker (locks must be removed after practice). Pull buoys are not available so bring one if you have it. Kickboards are usually plentiful.