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

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.

Backstroke Clinic with Ryan Murphy Saturday, September 24

The Olympic Club (524 Post St, San Francisco) is sponsoring a Masters' Backstroke Swim Clinic with Olympian Ryan Murphy. Ryan is a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, the former world-record holder in the Men’s 100-meter backstroke, and the 2022 World Champion in the 200-meter backstroke. The clinic will focus on the backstroke.

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)

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 September 19th edition of the Pacific Masters Update contains information about the following:

Calendar of Events

  • Upcoming 2022 Events Mark these on your calendar!

Events and Clinics

  • Swim Across America - San Francisco Saturday, September 24
  • Backstroke Clinic with Ryan Murphy Saturday, September 24
  • 2022 Pacific Masters Kerry O'Brien Short Course Meters Championships Clarke Swim Center, Walnut Creek October 7-9

Pacific Masters News - details in Update

  • Our Annual Pacific Masters Service Awards Nominations are due by October 7
  • 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!
  • Editors Wanted Your Pacific Masters Update Newsletter Needs You!
  • Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting Wednesday, September 21, Doors Open at 6:45, Meeting at 7 PM


  • 2022 USMS Annual Convention Denver, CO, September 16-18, Wrapped Up!

Clubs and Coaches

  • It’s Time for 2023 Club Registration Opens October 1
  • Women in Coaching Leadership Summit with Debbie Meyer Saturday, October 15
  • Volunteers Needed Clubs & Coaches Committee - We need your help!

Editor's Note

  • USMS Annual Convention – Then and Now A look back at the way USMS used to work

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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