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 Mission statement: The purpose of Pacific Masters Swimming is to encourage and promote physical fitness and enjoyment of swimming for adults 18 years of age and over through a program that supports clubs, coaches, facilities, education, competition and social opportunities.

Pacific Masters News and Events

Sebastopol 400 Fastest Pull ePostal August 1-31

It's that time of year again! Grab your pull buoys and paddles for this fun ePostal in August hosted by Sebastopol Masters. The top three fastest pullers in each category (paddles and no hand paddles) will receive a custom medal for their achievement. 1st through 3rd-place finishers in each age group and category will receive a special ribbon for their accomplishment. Registration will open on August 1st. You can find more information and complete rules by visiting the registration page.

Del Valle Open Water Festival August 27-28

This just in: the rescheduled Del Valle Open Water swim on August 27-28 has been designated the host of the 2022 Sprit-Distance Open Water National Championship! This is a two-day event with 5k, 1.2k and 2.5k swims. The event is held in the incredible Lake Del Valle nestled in the heart of the Livermore Valley Wine country. Water temperature is expected to be 70-75F. There is also a huge grassy park and beach for spectators and participants. Participation will be limited to 350. Information and Registration.

Pacific Masters Long Course Meters Championships Recap

The Pacific Masters Long Course Champs took place the last weekend in July with three full days of whistles, electronic starter beeps, cheers, splash, and sun, mixed with anticipation, exertion, excitement, some disappointment, and an abundance of accomplishment.

The meet was all about cheering on teammates, seeing four individual National records set and five national record-breaking relay teams, and watching 2012 Venezuelan Olympian Marcos Lavado swim an impressive 200-Meter Butterfly.

Thanks to the Pacific Masters officials who ran the whole meet smoothly and fairly. Results

Whiskeytown Open Water Swim

Whiskeytown Open Water Swims, RAD, Whiskeytown National Park, Redding, CA scheduled for September 11— has been cancelled.

Pacific Masters Swimming Event Schedule Development for 2023

Pacific Masters Swimming would like to extend the opportunity for your organization to consider hosting and request dates for pool meet and open water events in the 2023 calendar year.  The sooner events can be set and published on the schedule the more time swimmers have to plan for attending your event.  

Host bids for the Pacific Masters LCM and SCM championship meets have not been finalized, however, we are ready to accept requests for pool and open water events to our schedule for the 2023 calendar year.  Pacific Masters championship events have the highest priority, during the following time periods:

•     April 14 - 16, 2023 is set for SCY champs in Morgan Hill CA (USMS spring nationals are April 27 – 30, in Irvine CA)

•     July 7 – 23, 2023 are "reserved" for LCM champs (USMS summer nationals are August 2 – 6, in Sarasota FL)

Swim Across America - San Francisco Saturday, September 24

Swim Across America is "Making Waves to Fight Cancer."
In our lifetime, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer. Pacific Masters is joining the Swim Across America community so that, together, we can change that.
Form a team, swim individually, or volunteer for the 1.5-mile, current assisted swim starting at Little Marina Green and finishing at Aquatic Park. Sign up for the swim at
Please support our fellow Pacific Masters swimmers in the Fight Against Cancer by making a donation to their fundraising efforts. Find participating members and their funding page on Swim Across America.

Help Pacific Masters Grow Win a Pacific Masters Towel!

Swimming is one of the best exercises we can do for ourselves. Since word of mouth is the best advertising, tell everyone you know about Pacific Masters Swimming.

If you bring a friend to join your club, and Pacific Masters, you can enter a monthly drawing for a Sports 20 in. X 36 in. microfiber towel. The towel will have the Pacific Masters logo on it and will tell other swimmers that you helped grow Masters Swimming.

Just get a new member, or bring back a swimmer who has not been a PacMasters swimmer in the past four years (2018-2021), to join Pacific Masters. Then enter their name, your name, and the club name at New Member Towel Drawing.

There will be a drawing for towels on the last day of the month, from April through October. If you bring in a new swimmer from March 1st, 2022 to the end of October, 2022, you are eligible for the drawing.

The August 8th edition of the Pacific Masters Update contains information about the following:

Calendar of Events

  • Upcoming 2022 Events Start Making Your Plans!

Events and Clinics

  • Pacific Masters Long Course Meters Championships Recap
  • Sebastopol 400 Fastest Pull ePostal August 1-31
  • Oregon Senior Games August 21, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Donner Lake Open Water Swim Saturday, August 13
  • Del Valle Open Water Festival August 27-28
  • Swim Across America - San Francisco Saturday, September 24

Pacific Masters News - details in Update

  • Pacific Masters Swimming Event 2023 Schedule Development
    An invitation to host a pool or open water event in 2023
  • Help Pacific Masters Grow Win a Pacific Masters Towel!
  • Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting Wednesday, August 17, Doors Open at 6:45, Meeting at 7 PM


  • 2022 USMS Convention September 16-18, Denver, CO. In-person and Virtual

Editor's Note

  • TAM Relay Swimmers Show Us How It's Done

Please send suggestions for Update articles to the Update Editors.

Our Video Gallery

During the past year, Pacific Masters Swimming has held many online Coaches Clinics and Community Talks. Check out this list of recordings of those talks. You can learn technical tips, coaching tips, be inspired by the stories of other swimmers, find ways to contribute to your team and more. Let us know your ideas for 2022 talks.

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