Membership Information


4 Easy Steps to Swim with the Smelts:

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1. Register or Renew your United States Masters Swimming (USMS) membership. 

USMS provides our general liability insurance during practices. Every person in the pool at Gill Park and Jones College Prep, including the coaches and lifeguards, needs to be a member of USMS or this liability insurance is voided. You must have a USMS member number to purchase a Smelts membership.

Sign up with these affiliations:

LMSC: Illinois
CLUB: Illinois Masters (IM)
WORKOUT GROUP: Chicago Smelts (CHSM)

2. Create an Account with the Chicago Smelts and Purchase Your Membership.

You can choose monthly or annual (20% savings) payment. Membership fees are non-refundable. 

When you register, you will be charged the monthly or annual fee immediately.

Thereafter, monthly memberships will automatically renew every month on the day of purchase and charge your card on file until you cancel your membership. Please notify the Registrar when you cancel.

Annual memberships will automatically renew every 12 months and charge your card on file. For example, if you join on November 15, you will be charged immediately for the current year, and then you will be charged every November 15 until you cancel your membership. Please notify the Registrar when you cancel.

2a. If you plan to swim at Jones College Prep in the mornings during the school year please purchase that membership in addition to your Smelts annual or monthly membership.

3. Pay the Gill Park Team Sports fee. 

The Chicago Park District charges a $35 seasonal, somewhat quarterly, fee for "Adult Team Sports." This fee may only be paid in person, not online. You can register/pay in person with cash or credit card at the Gill Park Recreation Center front desk Monday-Friday, 2-8pm. Be sure they sign you up for “Adult Team Sports”.

4. We encourage all swimmers to familiarize themselves with our Swim Practice Etiquette.


2019 Membership Fees

We offer three types of membership.


$260 annual ($52 savings over monthly dues)

$26 monthly


$210 annual ($42 savings over monthly dues)

$21 monthly


$30 for swimmers who register for USMS meets as a Chicago Smelt, but do not attend our practices.


Chicago Smelts on Facebook

Be sure to join our Facebook group! This is a great way to interact with other members, share swimming-related stories, make plans for social events or swim meets, and stay up-to-date on announcements. It's a closed group, so be sure to request to join and we will approve once your registration is complete.