Swim Class Focuses on Training Faculty, Staff

“Masters Swim” program offers coached sessions during lunchtime

Faculty and staff can join a swim class that focuses on training for Duke employees.
Faculty and staff can join a swim class that focuses on training for Duke employees.

Faculty and staff looking for an aquatic workout to train for a race or simply switch up an exercise routine can now join an employee-focused swim class led by Duke swim coaches.

Duke Recreation and Physical Education is offering a “Masters Swim” program available to faculty and staff, which offers lunchtime workouts for swimmers of all ages and skill levels. Duke swimming and diving assistant coaches Melanie Klaren and Niko Fantakis lead the class, which runs from noon to 1 p.m. each Monday to Thursday at Wilson Recreation Center’s Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion.

The weekly program is only available to members of Duke’s recreation facilities, which offers discounted individual memberships through LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke’s employee wellness program.

Each Masters Swim workout typically may range up to 4,000 yards each session, depending on skill level.

“A lot of swimmers may want tips on improving stroke or building indurance, which is why we have workouts designed by coaches,” said Leslie Douglas, aquatics coordinator with Duke Recreation. “Swimmers will get feedback on ways to become a better and stronger swimmer while getting in shape.”

Douglas said that should enough employee employees express interest, an extra Masters Swim program may be added during lunchtime at Brodie Recreation Center’s pool as well.

For more information about the Masters Swim program or to sign up, email aquatics@duaa.duke.edu. Information about becoming a member of Duke’s gyms is available on the Recreation and Physical Education website and discounted membership information can be found on LIVE FOR LIFE’s website.