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.
The ITC is the perfect balance of high quality technical coaching without watering down the intensive training aspect. It is a weekend of like-minded individuals coming together to be challenged in an environment that is hard to replicate in a regular masters practice. Two in-water training sessions a day, the first a general workout and the afternoon practice is race specific for distance, mid-distance, and sprints. Classroom lectures and Stroke Schools for all four strokes plus great videotaping and analysis are also included. This year's staff includes the Walnut Creek Masters staff, 2014 USMS Coach of the Year Cokie Lepinski of Swymnut Masters, and 1997 PacMasters Coach of the Year Brian Stack of Manatee Masters. Tighten down those goggles and cinch up those suits - It's time to go to work!
Please consider nominating your coach for the Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Award. Submissions should include a nomination letter along with a maximum of four support letters. A description of the award along with the nomination and selection process from the Pacific Masters Administrative Handbook is repeated below. Nominations for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year are due Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6 PM.
7. Coach of the Year
A. The purpose of this award is to recognize the Pacific Masters Swimming coach who has demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities.
B. The award criteria are as follows:
(1) The coach and club held current Pacific Masters Swimming registration during the year under consideration.
The 2017 Pacific Masters Spring Season provides plenty of competitive opportunities with eight local meets, two postal events and a recognized senior games event. Distance enthusiasts can start anytime during the first two months with the TAM Jon Steiner Memorial 1650 Postal and the Speedo USMS 1-Hour National Postal. Participants in these events must complete their swims sometime between January 1 and February 28. Members can combine the two swims by submitting a 1650 split from the hour swim. Please note, this is the first year participants have until the end of February to do the hour swim.
Warm skies greeted the 250 plus participants at this year’s Pacific Masters Annual Meeting and Celebration. For some, the day began with a swim workout at the San Mateo Athletic Club pool on the grounds of the College of San Mateo. This year’s Tech Talk was held in conjunction with the USMS National Coaches Clinic and featured Dr. Rod Havriluk, the president of Swimming Technology Research. An internationally renowned expert on biomechanics as applied to aquatic sports, Dr. Havriluk’s talk was titled Swimming Science: Technique Misconceptions. At times controversial, the talked challenged many assumptions regarding optimal swimming technique.
Kerry O’Brien and Joel Wilson are the newest recipients of the Nancy Ridout Distinguished Service Award. The Ridout Award is given to individuals who have made a lasting contribution to Pacific Masters. Both longtime coaches of highly successful clubs, the two have mentored many younger coaches, been instrumental in the development of many of our events and programs including championship meets and open water swims and provided steady wise counsel to our Board and committees.
Bob Anderson was honored as Contributor of the Year. As the organization’s first Vice President for Communications and Technology, Bob oversaw the launch of our new website, pushed for a tracking system to let members keep track of their Swimmer of the Year points, advocated for improved access to the USMS swim results database and participated in the deliberations of several Pacific Masters Committees.
Registration is now open for 2017 USMS membership. If you renew by December 31st, you'll receive special sponsor discounts of up to 30%, good through January 15. It's a great way to gear up for another year of swimming and fun! Renew here.