We offer adults in Northern California and Northwestern Nevada the opportunity to participate in a lifelong fitness and/or competitive swimming program.
Pacific Masters Swimming is a regional organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics, workshops, and social functions for adults 18 and over. Programs are open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming.
Pacific is organized with over 140 clubs in Northern California and Nevada. Membership numbers over 12,000, with individual members ranging in age from 18 to over 95.
Within the clubs, structured workouts with a coach offer well-thought-out training assistance. Pool and open-water races provide opportunities to compete and measure individual progress at the local, state, national, and international levels. Pacific Masters Swimming is a member of US Masters Swimming. USMS programs also offer stroke and technique clinics and workshops, and more competition opportunities, as well as social functions.
If you are a Masters swimmer from outside of our region, whether you are visiting from elsewhere in the United States or from anywhere in the world, please check our list of clubs for a Masters club to train with while you are here.
Event host bids for the Short Course Yards, Long Course Meters, and Short Course Meters Championship Meets are now open for submittal. If your team is interested in hosting one of these Championship Meets, please send an email to the Pacific Masters Scheduler as soon as possible.
Per the Pacific Masters Bylaws, "Selection of championship event hosts should be done at the August committee meeting and bids should be submitted to the Scheduling Chair by the prior meeting. The remainder of the schedule should be approved at the September meeting."
Additional guidelines are:
1. The Short Course Yards Pacific Masters Swimming Championships should be held no earlier than 3 weeks prior to the Short Course Yards Nationals. 2017 Spring Nationals are scheduled for April 27 – 30 in Riverside, CA.
2. The Long Course Pacific Masters Swimming Championships should be held no earlier than 3 weeks prior to the Long Course Nationals. 2017 Summer Nationals are scheduled for August 2 – 6 in Minneapolis, MN.
3. The Short Course Meters Pacific Masters Swimming Championships shall be held in the Fall of the year.
For many of our members, open water swimming is their favorite aspect of Masters. Some swimmers thrive on the competition, some want to challenge themselves and others enjoy the freedom of swimming without lanes or walls. Pacific Masters offers what may be the world’s best open water program with events in a wide variety of distances and venues.
Mike Kazek of Cal Maritime Academy Masters (CMAM) has been selected as the Pacific Masters Swimming 2016 Coach of the Year. Coach Kazek formed his club 10 years ago and continues to serve as its coach on a volunteer basis. He is a USMS Level 3 Certified Coach and a recipient of the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award (2013). Mike is known to provide rides for his swimmers to competitions and practices. CMAM members have responded to his dedication and support with a level of affection for Coach Mike that is truly remarkable.
He served on the planning and construction committee for Cal Maritime’s new 50 meter pool. Recognizing that local Masters swimmers had few opportunities to race in a long course venue, Mike arranged to make the pool available for the Keelhaulers LCM time trials in May, at the beginning of the long course season.
The 2016 Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championships were held on April 8, 9, and 10 at Campolindo High School’s Soda Aquatic Center in Moraga. This year’s wet and chilly conditions made staying warm a top priority for the 674 swimmers of all ages who attended, but in no way dampened their competitive spirit. In fact, the championships recorded a 15.2% increase in participating swimmers over last year despite the weather, and they swam an average of 4.7 events compared to 4.2 events in 2015. Cold? Just keep swimming! Team and individual meet results are available here.