Adult Learn to Swim Program (ALTS)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over a third of adults in the United States can't swim the length of a pool. This puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in this country. The U.S. Masters Swimming's Adult Learn-to-Swim initiative is having a significant impact on this problem. With education, outreach, and financial support, USMS is making more adults safer around water.

Pacific Masters conducts a regional ALTS program. Organized by clubs, ALTS includes instructor training and classes to teach adults to swim.

2022 Pacific Masters Swimming - Adult Learn to Swim Committee
Kim Elsbach (chair) Davis Aquatic Masters,
Carol Nip, Albany Armada Aquatics Masters,
Christina Kossa, Richmond Plunge Masters,
Susan Collins, Walnut Creek Masters,
Natalie Clark, Fresno Area Manatee Masters,
Mark Frazier, Vacaville Swim Club,
Lisa Frazier, Vacaville Swim Club,

ALTS: Information for Coaches and Instructors

As part of the ALTS program, Pacific Masters and USMS have developed considerable resources for coaches and instructors who committed to developing their own Adult Learn to Swim programs. Available are links to instructional videos, webinars, and slides, as well as information on how to apply for an Adult Learn to Swim Grant from United States Masters Swimming.

Link to USMS Adult Learn to Swim Website:

How to Become a Certified Adult Learn to Swim Instructor:

Instructional Videos:

Adult-Learn-To-Swim Webinar Series

  • January 28, 2021 ALTS Grant Application Process - Recording
  • February 25. 2021 ALTS Peer-to-Peer - Recording
  • March 25, 2021 ALTS Peer-to-Peer - Recording
  • May 27, 2021 ALTS II: Choose your own Adventure, Part One - Presentation - Recording
  • August 26, 2021 ALTS II: Choose your own Adventure , Part Two - Presentation - Recording
  • October 28, 2021 ALTS Community - Recording
  • January 27, 2022 Breathing Into Fear - Calming the Anxious Adult Swimmer - Presentation - Recording
  • February 24, 2022 Becoming a More Effective ALTS Instructor - Presentation - Recording
  • March 24, 2022 Lessons on Partnering with Volunteers and the Community from Pacific Masters - Presentation - Recording
  • June 16, 2022 Lap Swimming 101 - "Building a Bridge to Masters from ALTS" - Presentation

ALTS: Information for Adults Who Want to Learn to Swim

ALTS programs are offered by clubs throughout the Pacific Masters region. Here is a list of the clubs currently offering Adult Learn to Swim programs. If you are interested, reach out to the designated contact at a location near you to learn their next scheduled course. 


Adult Learn to Swim Classes

City Club Location Types of Adult Lessons Offered: (1) Fearful non-swimmer- can't swim, fear of water, (2) Fearless non-swimmer - can't swim, no fear of water, (3) Fearful beginning swimmer- can swim a little, fear of water, (4) Fearless beginning swimmer- can swim a little, no fear of water Contact Firstname Contact Lastname Email
Alameda Alameda Aquatic Masters Emma Hood Swim Center
2256 Alameda Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501; 510-915-1973
1,2,3,4 Mike Grace
Albany Albany Armada Masters Albany Aquatics Center, 1311 Portland Ave, Albany, CA 94706 3, 4 Carol Nip
Angels Camp BRET HARTE AQUATIC MASTERS BRET HARTE AQUATIC CENTER, 387 Murphys Grade Rd, Angels Camp, CA 95222 1, 2, 3, 4 Peter Oliver
Berkeley Cal Aquatic Masters  UC Berkeley Pools, Berkeley, CA  94720 1, 2, 3, 4 Spencer Hawkins
Berkeley Streamliners Claremont Club and Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley - California 94705; 510-283-1381 1,2,3,4 Sue Ahelee
Davis Get Fit Masters Davis 809 Picasso Ave, Davis, CA 95618 1, 2, 3, 4 Nikki Martin
Davis Davis Aquatic Masters Civic Center Pool, 599 B St, Davis, CA 95616 1, 2, 3, 4 Kathy Gill
El Dorado Hills El Dorado Solar Bears El Dorado Hills Community Services District; 1021 Harvard Wy, El Dorado Hills, CA; 916-799-3141 1,2,3,4 Laura Shope
Folsom Sierra Marlins Masters Steve Miklos Aquatic Center (formerly Folsom Aquatic Center) at Lembi Park, 1200 Riley St, Folsom, CA 95630 1,2,3,4 Joe Dowd
Fresno Fresno Area Manatee Masters (FAMM) Fresno High School, 1839 N Echo Ave, Fresno, CA 93704 1, 2, 3, 4 Natalie Clark
Menlo Park Menlo Masters Burgess Pool, 501 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA  94025 1,2,3,4 Marisha Driscoll
Nevada City Penguin Swim Club Pioneer Park Pool, 423 Nimrod St, Nevada City, CA 95959 TBD Julie Griffith-Flatter
Novato Marin Aquatic Mastrs Indian Valley Campus Pool, Novato, CA  94949 1, 2, 3, 4 Shari Cruse
Oakland Temescal Aquatic Masters Temescal Aquatics, 371 45th st oakland ca 94609 1, 2, 3, 4 Margaret McNamaras
Pacifica CoastSide Tiger Sharks Terra Nova High School Pool, 1450 Terra Nova Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044; 650-515-0301 1,2,3,4 Brad Pence
Richmond Richmond Plunge Masters Richmond Municipal Natatorium (“The Plunge”), 1 E Richmond Ave., Richmond, CA 94801 1, 2, 3, 4 Christina Kossa
San Francisco South End Rowing Club 500 Jefferson st San Francisco CA  1, 2, 3, 4 Veronique Borges 
Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Masters Santa Rosa High School Pool, 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 1, 2, 3, 4 Merrie Walts
Sebastopol Sebastopol Masters Aquatic Club Ives Pool 7400 Willow St. Sebastopol, CA. 95472 1, 2, 3, 4 Donita Flecker
Vacaville Vacaville Swim Club Graham Aquatic Center, 1100 Alamo Dr, Vacaville, CA 95687 1, 2, 3, 4 Mark Frazier
Walnut Creek Walnut Creek Masters Clarke Memorial Pool,  Heather Farms Park, 1750 Heather Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 1, 2 Susan Collins

ALTS: Stories from Adults Who We Taught to Swim

The USMS ALTS program has been a universal success. Master’s swimmers have taught thousands of adult non-swimmers skills that lets them truly enjoy bing in the water and the cofidence to keep them safe. 

Inspirational Videos

Stories from Courageous Adults Learning to Swim


Sapna - Albany Armada 

Karen - Richmond Plunge 

Rachael - Richmond Plunge Masters.MP4