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 September-October 2016 Swimmer magazine contained a feature article titled Olympians Among Us. The piece profiled several Olympians from previous games who continue swimming in USMS programs. In Pacific Masters it is not uncommon to see current Olympic stars at local events. For example, 5 months before she would win the Olympic gold medal and set the world record in the 100 Fly at the 2012 London games, Dana Vollmer swam 5 events at the Rinconada Masters Swim Meet.
While USMS has an elected president, a CEO who leads the professional staff, a board of directors, and an executive committee made up of elected officers, the organization’s ultimate decision making body is the House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD meets each fall at the USMS Convention which is held in conjunction with the conventions of the other U.S.A. aquatic sports: water polo, diving, synchronized swimming, and youth age group/elite swimming. The HOD is made up of representatives from each of the 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSC) along with members of certain standing committees. Pacific Masters is by far the largest LMSC, being larger than the next three largest LMSCs combined, and has the largest delegation at the convention.
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.