I am finally going to back into swimming today, after a six-week break. I usually take a break from swimming sometime during the winter, but this year the timing was helped along by a shoulder injury I received at the DAM Winter Relays meet in December. I learned the hard way that diving into a pool holding a kickboard is a bad idea, even if you are the leadoff swimmer in the 4 x 50 kick relay and it might gain you a second or two.
I used to swim with DAM but switched over to Plano Wetcats when we moved back to the Dallas area a few years ago. DAM was ok, but the workouts were kind of a mess, coaches didn't show up, and it was expensive. The Wetcats have a better coach, better workouts and is less than half the price. Hard to beat.
The picture above is from the Oak Point Pool where the Wetcats swim, set in long course (50 meter) format. In the winter / spring it will be set in short course (25 yards). Easier, but less beneficial for triathlon open-water training. I wish the City of Richardson had a masters team, or even a place to swim, but Plano is way far ahead of Richardson generally in recreation facilities.