Welcome to the Joliet Park District Blue Tides Masters Swim Team!
The Blue Tides is a registered team of U.S. Masters Swimming. Our swimmers range in age from 18 to almost 80, and have a wide range of swimming background and ability from novice to former college competitors. If you are comfortable in deep water and can swim two lengths of the pool unassisted, there is a place for you!
Each practice session lasts one hour and is coach led. It includes but is not limited to main sets on all competitive strokes, kicking and arm drills, triathlete-driven workouts and sprint and endurance work. Workouts are adjusted to accommodate all abilities. Inwood Athletic Club provides kickboards and pull buoys during the workout. Visit our team calendar for practice times and themes.
While our “seasons” begin in the spring and fall, you can join up with the Blue Tides at any point during the year. Our program is ongoing, and we can prorate the fee based on when you start swimming with us. Come talk to a coach or show up to a workout today!
Our current practice schedule:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 5:30-6:30am
Tuesday/Thursday – 9:45-10:45am
Tuesday/Thursday – 6-7pm
Any Questions? Contact Coach Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org
“The mission for the Joliet Park District Blue Tides Swim Team is to provide an environment for fitness and competitive swimmers, along with triathletes to achieve athletic goals in combination with personal growth.”
Click here for the calendar!
Head Coach Molly Hoover has been swimming and coaching with the Blue Tides since 2010. She is a Level 3 certified coach through USMS and was named Illinois Masters Coach of the Year for 2016. Molly began swimming competitively at the age of 6 and competed through college at the University of Northern Iowa. She has coached at the recreational, club, and high school levels, but has found a true passion for coaching adults. When she’s not on the pool deck, Molly is busy with her two kids, Myka and Eli, and her husband, Kurt.
For a current list of meet schedules, please click here.
Each summer the Blue Tides head outside to Joliet’s Splash Station Waterpark for outdoor swimming in the Lazy River. Practices are Tuesday evenings. This is a great challenge for all those tri swimmers to practice sighting, drafting, and run-to-swim transitions. If you are not a Blue Tides member, you can still come to Tuesday night swims of “Tri” the River.
- Know Your Drill Cycles
- Freestyle/Backstroke Combo Drill
- Wave Drill Backstroke
- Solider Drill Backstroke
- Two Right Two Left Backstroke
- Know Your Drill Cycles
- Preparing for the Open Water (Training)
- Catch Up
- Finger Tip Drag
- Six Kick
- One Arm Free
Websites to Visit
- USMS.org (Log in with your member number to gain access to the forums. Here you can find answers to just about any swim question you may have, as well as workouts to try when you have to swim without a coach.)
Articles to Read
- Yoga for Swimmers
- Medical Ball Rotations
- Thoracic Rotation
- Pre-Race Nutrition
- Recovery: A Crucial Component for Successful Swimming
- Full Cans
- Background on True Strength Training
- Dryland Training: A Nonspecific Approach
- Plyo for Power
- Shoulder Injury Prevention
- When Shoulder Hypermobility is a Problem for the Swimmer
- Snorkel Training: Enhancing Your Training Through Swim Technology
- Master Snorkel Work
- Taper Time: The Doctor’s Prescription
- Taper Time: Adjusting Your Dryland Training
- Three Critical Differences When Swimming in a Wetsuit
- Sucking Wind; Help with Snorkels
- Teaching Hand Pitch with Scull Drills
- Open Water Swimming
- Open Water Swimming Can Be Scary…At First
- Dealing With The Fear Factors Of Open Water
- Butterfly Success