David McIntyre is rewriting the idea of what people expect in retirement.

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At 76, David McIntyre is rewriting the idea of what people expect in retirement.

Replace early bird dinners with 5:30 a.m. swim workouts that go full blast for an hour, followed by 30 minutes of weights and stretching on a regular basis. Before retiring, David competed in three world masters games: Canada, Sydney Australia, and Turin Italy as a Master Swimmer representing USA in all his international competitions. David also taught Biology in numerous locations that he used to call home: Jamaica, Hawaii to name a few.

And while many people David’s age turn former passions into mild hobbies, David returned to his love of competitive swimming after raising three children, and has been competing on the international Masters level for the last 20 years.

One thing David did do that is true to retirement expectations is he took up a new hobby – oil painting. But staying true to form as a driven person, David turned that hobby into a paying job as well, selling many tropical landscapes throughout the area.

Throughout his time at the Venice YMCA over the last 13 years, he has met many nice and friendly people that he now calls friends, David said. These people in company with the facility, not just his workouts, are what keep David coming back to the Y.


“[The Y] provides an environment to develop the mind and body, it’s an arena for social, mental and physical development at an affordable price,” he said. 

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