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Find the swim team for you. Are you young, old, like to swim fast, or swim long? Do you want the challenge of learning the butterfly and the excitement of slicing through the water with a perfect dive? If you're a beginner and under eighteen, join your local recreation team – they have the best staff and offer the best competition around.
If you're competitive and enjoy hard swim workouts, join a local USS team or Masters team if you are over eighteen. YMCAs also have teams for all ability levels, but may be higher priced and not as comprehensively staffed as recreation teams.
*Best advice – talk to the high school swimmers from the high school in your area and ask them where they learned to swim, what teams they joined, and what they thought.