Nickel City Splash Masters Swim Team


Team social update

  • Next Team Social will be after Saturday Practice on March 3.
  • USMS Postal Swim Saturday February 10 6:30-9:00 AM. There will be a paper practice for those not interested in participating.
  • Bring your family or friends to help count. $20.00 entry = $7.00 entry to send to USMS, $13 optional donation to Swim Strong Foundation.
  • Swim Strong provides affordable swim programs to PREVENT drowning. We guide students from age three through adult towards a healthy lifestyle via healthy exercise, nutrition and competitive sports.
  • Importantly in our communities, students learn how to survive riptides, and conduct themselves safely and with confidence in and around the water, whether at the pool or the ocean.

Membership and activities

Nickel City Splash is a masters swim team

We are sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and affiliated with the Women's Varsity Swim Team at the University at Buffalo. We are hoping to grow our numbers. Our cost is steady in lifeguards and coaches. We want to try to keep our cost down by increasing membership. Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested to try swimming with us. No dues are due until mid - end of September. It is a great time to try Nickel City Splash! We provide coached workouts at UB's Alumni Pool, and we enter Alumni Arena through the back door (on the side of the building which faces the stadium).

Normal practice schedule

  • Tuesday and Thursday morning from 6:00 am to 7:15 am
  • Wednesday 12-1
  • Saturday from 6:30 am to 8:00 am

Upcoming changes to practice schedule:

  • Saturday February 10, 2018 Nickel City Splash will be participating in the USMS 1 Hour Postal Swim. Practice that day will run from 6:30-9:00 AM. All are welcome to participate. There will be a paper practice for those not interested in participating.

Be sure to check your e-mail and this page for updates and cancellations!

How you can join

  • Show up for practice (map) and ask the coach for a two-week trial. The coach will ask you about your swimming background and level and suggest a lane for you to try out. Your lanemates will be very helpful in providing additional information.
  • Join by filling out the team registration form and paying your dues either by check made payable to the UB Foundation (which saves the team money) or online (see below for amounts).
  • NEW THIS YEAR!!! Independent Health Members can use their Health Extras Card. Our registration site is ready to accept Health Plus cards. Please follow the instructions to register online and use the card as you would a normal credit card.
  • Join USMS — this is mandatory for all participants
  • Join the team Facebook group and subscribe to the team listserv by sending an e-mail to with the following message, substituting your actual name for "First Name Last Name," obviously:

sub rai-nickelcity-list First Name Last Name

The e-mail account from which you send the above message will be the one which receives listserv messages from the team. If you have difficulty getting subscribed, or want to quit the list or change your e-mail address, please send e-mail to the web tyrant.

Dues (structure effective October 1, 2017)

Annual membership: $400 for access to all workouts or $200 for 1 day/week
Single-term membership: $200 for access to all workouts or $150 for 1 day/week

Annual memberships are always due on or before October 1st. Single-term membership dues are paid in four-month increments on these dates: September 1st, January 1st, and May 1st.

In conjunction with dues, you must keep your USMS membership up to date.

When you register with USMS please be sure to register in the Niagara LMSC and under the team NICK - Nickel City Splash.

Swimmers who join the team mid-season will have their first dues payment pro-rated until the next annual or seasonal due date.

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