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.
Celebrate another great year of personal fitness at the 2016 Pacific Masters Swimming Annual Meeting. Whether you are purely a fitness swimmer or someone who is motivated by the challenge of competition, the annual meeting and celebration is a great way to join with other swimmers for a day of learning, appreciation and joy. 2016 marks the 6th anniversary of our annual meeting since the expanded format was adopted and this year’s program may be our best yet!
The event takes place on Sunday, November 13 at the College of San Mateo. As in previous years, the day starts with an opportunity to participate in a coached workout. This year’s technique lecture will feature Dr. Rod Havriluk, the president of Swimming Technology Research. An internationally renowned expert on biomechanics as applied to aquatic sports, Dr. Havriluk’s talk is titled Swimming Science: Technique Misconceptions. A catered lunch will follow the lecture.
The 2016 USMS convention concluded in Atlanta on Sunday, September 25. This year’s meeting was largely free of controversy and contention. Even the most hotly debated topics (relaxing bulkhead measurement requirements, upper temperature limits for open water swims, certain fee increases) would have minimal effect on the typical Pacific Masters swimmer. One change of some significance to local swimmers regards age group classifications for long distance postal and open water swims; beginning next year these classifications will be based on a swimmers age at year end. A long standing challenge regarding the lack of officials for Masters meets was addressed with the introduction of USMS certification of stroke and turn judges and starters.
Leianne Crittenden was re-elected to another 2-year term as the Oceana at-large Board of Directors member. Laura Val and Dave Wierdsma were 2016 recipients of the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.