#StartYourSwim: “Swim Golf” Workout

#StartYourSwim: “Swim Golf” Workout

Looking for a challenge? Check out this workout from Master Swimmer Mike Garr! With adaptations for every skill level, this intense workout even includes a couple of rounds of “swim golf”!

A workout that includes swim golf

A workout that includes swim golf


Not sure how to “play” swim golf? See Garr’s explanation below:

Swimmer does 50 yards for time, counting every stroke. Count total strokes (left and right arms) and add seconds; that’s the swim golf score. So, for example, if you took 50 seconds to complete your 50 yards, and you count 26 strokes (13 strokes per length) your score would be 76.

Well-trained, competitive swimmers tend to score well under par (72), and your typical fitness swimmer or triathlete between 80 and 100.

The idea of scoring yourself is to see if you can improve your efficiency in swimming. Take the first swim golf as your baseline, and then do the other 4 repeats later in the workout to see if the various freestyle exercises can improve your score and your consistency.


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Register for the Swim

For the 2019 Swim, Save The Bay is offering free workouts from master swimmers and open water coaches to our community in an effort to support all of our swimmers—from those attempting the Swim for the first time, to those who return to the event year after year.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


March 25, 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence, Newport and Westerly will remain closed through April 10, 2020 in response to COVID-19. All volunteer, internship and public programs will remain suspended during this time.

Our staff remains dedicated to working on our mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay from home. As always, we are accessible via email (listed on our website), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Students of all ages are invited to tune in to our Breakfast by the Bay live stream on Save The Bay’s Facebook page every weekday at 10 a.m. Join us to learn about Bay species, habitats and more!

Unable to watch the video live? Catch the video later in the day on our Youtube page