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.
Carol Nip of Albany Armada Masters (ALB) was selected as the Pacific Masters Swimming Coach of the Year. This multi-faceted and coveted award reflects a coach's ability to inspire skill and ability, build a vigorous and healthy team, perform outstanding service, and contribute professionally through clinics and published works.
Coach Carol formed her team at the then brand-new Albany pool in 2012 and is a USMS Level 3 Certified Coach. She is cherished for her individualized approach in working with each swimmer on her team. The Albany team truly appreciates all that Coach Carol does, whether it is getting them competition-ready, ready to swim the butterfly or just plain ready to swim.
If you are a certified official, you are invited to join the officiating team on deck for this year’s USMS Spring National Championship, to be held on April 27 - 30, 2017 at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, California.
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.