Originally Posted by ScoopUK
I was never a competitive swimmer as a kid so didn't grow up in that club environment, or as I perceive it, reliant on that club environment. Like many TI practitioners I took up swimming more as an adult although I did basic swimming lessons at school. In fact I was never really into sport at all.
However as an adult I've run everything from park runs, road races to ultra marathons. In the multisport world I've raced low key aquathlons to Ironman 70.3 Middle East Champs. You do the work, you train in your own environment, you pay your money, you turn up and race. Yet this isn't the case in the swimming world, at least not here in the UK.
In masters swimming here in the USA, it is perfectly okay to compete "unattached" (i.e., not being a member of any club). I've been doing it for years. The only limitation it places on you is that you can't participate in relays (except at a few meets where they're willing to put together relay teams on the fly).