About MSO

What is Masters Swimming ?

Masters Swimming is an organized programme promoting fitness for adults through the sport of swimming. Swimmers around the world participate at all levels of ability, from swimming for general health and enjoyment, to competition at local, national and international levels.

Who are Masters Swimmers ?

In Canada, any person 18 years of age or older, with no upper age limit, can participate in Masters Swimming. There are more than 6,000 Masters Swimmers in Canada with more than 2,700 in Ontario.

Why Masters Swimming ?

Masters Swimming provides an important motivational framework for promoting a lifelong exercise regimen that exerts tangible benefits on its participants in the form of physical and mental well-being. Regular exercise contributes to good health and swimming is considered by health professionals to be one of the best and safest ways to exercise. It benefits the cardiovascular system, reduces cholesterol and has a positive effect on weight control, muscle tone, stress reduction and endurance. It also possibly helps to offset the decrease in bone mass that is progressive with the aging process.

Unlike many other sports, swimming does not involve the purchase of costly equipment or clothing.

Membership in a Masters swim club provides an opportunity not only to get fit, but also to meet new people, make new friends, compete in meets and to travel. Masters Swimming adds fun and friendship to fitness.

How Much Does It Cost ?

There are three cost components: club fees; MSO registration fees; meet entry fees for those who wish to compete.

The cost to join a Masters swim club varies widely depending upon the cost to rent pool time, the number of workouts per week, the number of coaches and the activities and services offered.

For MSO fees, see Registration and Fees. Meet entry fees vary; local meets can range from $10 to $30; international meets can cost over $100.


Masters Swimming Ontario provides an insurance program that covers the following participants at organized events:

  • Swimmers who are registered with MSO,
  • Occasional non-registered swimmers who are trying out for the club
  • coaches, managers, trainers,
  • elected club officials, volunteers, administrators,
  • registered referees, judges and other meet officials,

All activities governed under the Constitution and by-Laws of Masters Swimming Ontario are covered, such as organized practices, swim meets and organized post-meet activities.

Note: The above is a brief non-binding description of the policy. For specific details, refer to the actual policy.

Registration and Fees

Every swimmer, whether or not a member of a Masters swim club, who wishes to participate in the Masters swimming programme in Ontario, must be registered with the provincial organization, Masters Swimming Ontario. No swimmer will be allowed to participate in any MSO-sanctioned event unless the swimmer’s registration status is current. All Masters swim clubs must also register with MSO. Registration forms are available at the website at http://www.mastersswimmingontario.ca/registration/

Registration involves the payment of a modest annual fee for both the individual and the swim clubs.  Fees are as follows:

1. For the Masters Swim Club – $ 45.00
2. For a swimmer who is a member of a registered club – $ 35 .00
3. For an unattached swimmer – $ 40.00

These fees are due and payable in September each year.

In cooperation with Master Swimming Canada, there is an online registration system designed for Club Registrars to send in fees for their club and swimmers.

The distribution of fees are as follows:
Of the $35.00 registration fee paid by each swimmer, $2 goes to Swim Ontario and $23 will be going to MSC for the 2013-14 year. $10.00 is used by MSO to administer and promote Masters Swimming in Ontario, to arrange for adequate insurance for all registered participants. Here is the distribution of your fee:
Masters Swimming Ontaro:$10
Masters Swimming Canada: $21
Swim Ontario: $2
SNC: $2
Total: $35

The additional $15.00 paid by an Unattached Swimmer (a swimmer not registered with a Member Club) covers the additional required administration, including the mailing of all correspondence and Board minutes. A swimmer registered with a Member Club may also receive all correspondence and Board minutes by paying the additional $15.00.

Information concerning registration and annual fees can be obtained from the Registrar.