North Coast Masters Swimming


Formerly Grand Traverse Masters Swimming, we now swim at both the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA and the Central YMCA, (Civic Center) pools.  Our swimmers hail from Cedar Leelanau to East Port and a wide lasso around Grand Traverse County.


Have fun! Meet new friends! Get a great aerobic workout!

Most of what we hear is that masters swimming is intimidating….or I won’t be able to keep up or I don’t know all the strokes.  This is far from the truth as we are a very diverse in terms of abilities.

  • You don’t have to do all four strokes & you can leave early if you need to get to work.
  • You never have to do anything that you are not comfortable with.  I will challenge you within your talents and strive to help you improve. 
  • We at Northcoast Y masters aim to encourage adults to swim and keep swimming.  Our goal is to improve a swimmer’s endurance, fitness, & technique.

The word “Masters ” just means you are 18 yrs old. Abilities vary from those having prior swimming experience to those newly learning strokes, flip turns, and more technical aspects. Swimmers are grouped by ability and experience for all workouts. There is a friendly, helpful, and competitive spirit at all workouts.

Read the article below, which has many myths answered about masters swimming:

USMS is a nationally recognized organization with over 65,000 members.  Currently, we are under one team, Michigan Masters, and separated into workout groups (NCMS). You must be a registered member of USMS to participate in any competitions and any open water swimming that we do in the summer. visit for more info

How do I register?  go to the registration link on this page. Choose MICH as your LMSC and choose NCMS, (Northcoast Masters Swimming) as your workout group.   

 WHERE WE SWIM:Please go to the workout tab to view full schedule

WEST YMCA at Silver Lake Rd.

3700 Silver Lake Road

Traverse City, MI 49684

Tel: 231-933-9622

Central YMCA at the Civic

1231 Civic Center Drive

Traverse City, MI 49686


There is an extra fee for programming on top of your YMCA membership for our offering of 10 workouts per week.

  • $22  per month, if you schedule monthly payments
  • $27 per month if  you pay ONE month at a time 
Not a YMCA member?..
$54 non-member rate, -allows you to swim at all practices but you may not use any other parts of the facility.

Visiting the area and a USMS member?  You can swim for $5 per session;  please contact Kathy in advance and please bring proof of USMS registration.

Want to try our masters swimming group? Contact or call 231-346-4969