pacific masters swimming

We offer adults in Northern California and Northwestern Nevada the opportunity to participate in a lifelong fitness and/or competitive swimming program.

Pacific Masters News and Events

The April 26th edition of the Pacific Masters Update contains information about the following:


  • TYR Last One Fast One April 16 - May 2
  • May ePostal Challenge May 1 - 31
  • Mountain View Masters: Non-Free Triple Threat ePostal June 1 - 30
  • June Summer Fitness Challenge June 1 - 15
  • Pacific Masters Community Talk and Social Hour Open Water Special May 13, Starts at 7 PM
  • Pacific Masters Open Water Season for 2021 Cross Your Fingers!

PACIFIC MASTERS NEWS - details in Update

  • April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month!
  • Annual Coach Appreciation Week May 2 - 8
  • FINIS Smart Goggles Now Available!


  • 2021 USMS Annual Meeting - Call for Delegates September 23-27, Virtual


  • Geese Are Never Swans Created by Kobe Bryant and Written by Eva Clark


  • Why We Swim: One Year Later Publishing during a pandemic

Please send suggestions for Update articles to the Update Editors.

Pandemic ePostal Challenge Series

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We miss our competitions. They motivate us in practice, provide community, get our adrenaline going and provide joy. Until we are all able to be on the pool deck together, Pacific Masters offers the Pandemic ePostal Challenge Series.

Pacific Masters, or one of its member teams, will host an ePostal each month until we resume in-person competitions open to all. To add spice we are turning this series of ePostals into a competion, the Pandemic ePostal Challenge Series. Swimmers can earn points in their best two events in each ePostal. These points will be combined across all ePostals in the series. When the series concludes there will be awards for the top point recipient in each age group. We will also acknowledge those who swim the greatest number of total events.

Pacific Masters Community Talk and Social Hour

Pacific Masters Community Talk and Social Hour

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7 pm

Join us on April 14th at 7pm PST for our second virtual community talk and social hour. We will begin with a short talk by Abbie Fish, creator of and head coach at Swim Like A. Fish on kicking and Q&A and then split into smaller groups so you can socialize and catch up with your swim buddies. Come connect with friends new and old.
2021 USMS membership is required.

Registration closes at noon on April 14.

Zoom Meeting link will be emailed to registrants on April 12. A reminder email will be sent after registration closes.


2020 Pacific Masters Virtual Annual Convention and Meeting

2020, A Very Strange Year

Every year, Pacific Masters swimmers look forward to the Annual Celebration and Meeting. It is a chance to see each other for a relaxed, fun, informative day. Usually the festivities begin with a group swim practice led by our award-winning Pacific Masters coaches and a dry-land exercise class showcasing workouts designed specifically for swimmers.

During the Meeting, annual finances are reported and discussed, elections are held. We acknowledge the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to run this organization and show appreciation to all our volunteers by presenting the annual Service Awards. This familiar format was before COVID-19.

Pacific Masters Service Awards for 2020

The Pacific Masters Service Awards for 2020 were announced at the Annual Celebration Meeting on November 15th. Pacific Masters couldn't be successful without its volunteers. They represent the unsung heroes in every club and Masters activity in Pacific Masters.

Nancy Ridout Award for Distinguished Service: Phyllis Quinn
Contributor of the Year: Karen Harris
Appreciation Awards: Richard Burns; Carol Nip; Laura Shope; Greg Stoner
Personal Achievement Awards: Catherine Breed; Google Relay (Craig Robinson, Joe Gardner, Erik Haugen, Sven Mawson, Collin Johnston, Tom Dowd, Rob Gray, and Joe Young)
Peggy Lucchesi Award: Bonnie Tsui

2020, A Very Strange Year

MEMO masters workout at the beach in Alameda <<...>>

In one of our early organizing committee meetings for the 2020 virtual Annual Celebration and Meeting, I volunteered to make a video about this year for Pacific Masters Swimming. I quickly realized that there were no activities during the year, no content to work with. I also never made a video in my life.

The solution was to ask members to send in their stories about how they weathered the pandemic. Many of you were gracious enough to share your stories. That solved the content problem. I still needed to turn it into a video.

While exploring my options, I kiddingly asked my 11-year-old grandson if he could make a video. He'd never made one either, but unlike me, he didn't know what he didn't know. Together we produced this video capturing the essence of Pacific Masters Swimming during 2020. You can view it here.

By: Rich Burns

USMS 2020 Annual Convention - Virtual!

2020 Pacific Delegates

The year 2020 will go down in posterity as a challenging one. United States Masters Swimming is mandated to have an Annual Meeting, but COVID-19 has the world by the tail. Travel is limited and group meetings are forbidden, forcing us to make appropriate adjustments. 

2019 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Award Recipient Mary Kahn


Mary Kahn has been a coach for Davis Aquatic Masters since 2009. During that time she has exemplified what it means to be a leader, a mentor, a counselor, an advocate and a friend. Her presence on deck has been, and continues to be, settling and inspirational for the myriad of swimmers she connects with each day. She is also a leader by example when she is in the pool, helping to forge and sustain an atmosphere of competitiveness and supportiveness among fellow swimmers. She consistently exudes an aura of approachability and a genuine interest in helping those around her. Even under tremendous duress and adversity, Mary exemplifies what it means to be outstanding in the way she responds to and resolves both ongoing and emergent issues. The totality of her unique skills are unparalleled and her inspiration is unquestionable.

Great Books for Swimmers and Water Lovers

These days, the closest I’ve come to going for a swim has been going for a walk through the park and pausing at the chain link fence protecting my local pool from people like me. When the Shelter-in-Place order was first announced, I had just returned from a lovely swim and felt great. How long could this lockdown possibly last?

It’s lasted long enough for me to revisit many of my favorite swimming-related books, as well as dive into a few new ones. Below is a list of some classic, must-read, books as well as a few new, or lesser-known ones that deserve your attention. I’m an open-water baby, so my picks lean towards tales of wild swimming, stories about endurance athletes and books about the healing nature of water. I hope you’ll find a few on this list to tide you over until you are next able to jump in and enjoy the water yourself.

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