St. Pete Masters Swim Team was organized in 1970 by Judge Robert Beach and other local swimmers. Bob was also instrumental in the formation and development of Masters swimming at the national level. He is still a very active member of SPM.
St. Pete Masters is the official Masters team representing the City of St. Petersburg. North Shore Aquatic Complex is the training headquarters of our team and is home to world and nationally ranked swimmers. Since 1975, SPM has had hundreds of individual and relay All-Americans. The team is composed of members who have competed at the Olympic level, as well as college, high school and age-group. However, the team is not just for the competitive swimmers as there is also a large constituency of triathletes and fitness swimmers.
St. Pete Masters host two championship meets and one open water swim each year. Our spring short course yards meet is the longest continuous running masters meet in the world. The first meet was held in 1971. We also host a long course meters meet each summer and an open water swim at Pass-a-Grille Beach each May.
The 250 plus membership of St. Pete Masters is quite diverse, with most residing in the Tampa Bay area, but many joining us from around the state of Florida and several long time members from other states and countries around the world. The team holds membership in United States Masters Swimming and our local governing body, the Florida Local Masters Swimming Committee. All participants must register annually with SPM in order to participate in organized practice. We welcome new members and hope our website provides you with the information you need.