Masters Swimming Australia is an Australia wide non-profit organisation for adult swimmers aged 18 years and over and with over 6000 members, located in seven branches around the country.
Its purpose is "to provide at Club, State and National levels an environment to encourage all adults, regardless of ability, to swim regularly and compete in order to promote fitness and improve their general well being."
Masters Swimming is NOT just for elite swimmers. While many members of Masters Swimming clubs swim competitively at State, National and International levels, the majority belong to enjoy the social contact the clubs provide and to improve their levels of fitness, with some participating in the Vorgee Endurance 1000 and Vorgee Million Metres programs.
You don't have to swim in any competitions, but they are there if you want to. In masters swim meets everyone is seeded according to their entry time without regard to their age or gender. This enables swimmers of any ability to compete only with others of the same ability.