About Masters Swim
We welcome swimmers of all abilities, age 18 and up, who are interested in regular structured workouts. Previous experience in competitive swimming is not necessary. Masters swimmers include beginners, triathletes, former collegiate athletes, nationally ranked competitors and everything in between — all ages, shapes, and sizes. Palo Alto Masters offers 13 coached workouts per week. Every workout is different and you’ll learn something each and every time. Along with ongoing conditioning at workouts, the team provides stroke instruction, intra-club activities, competitions, and social events throughout the year. We focus on developing swimming skills, enhancing the enjoyment of swimming through regular workouts and professional instruction, and the promotion of lifetime fitness through swimming.
Palo Alto Masters workouts are fun and challenging, full of camaraderie and high heart rates. You’ll hear a lot of laughter as well as a few groans. You’ll test yourself against high energy teammates and have some early mornings. So show up and see what happens!
The pool is 14 lanes, 25 yards. We use some lanes or all of them depending.
Coaching and the sets
Palo Alto Masters workouts are all coached with well-defined sets. The whole pool does the same workout, just with longer intervals and fewer yards in the slower lanes. Each workout starts with a warmup and then the lane is given the first of the main sets. When you’re done with that, the second set is introduced, and so forth. Workout emphasis varies. You may do drills, stroke, or sprints. Or long distance free, pulling or kicking. We keep meets and open water swims in mind, providing opportunity to build up to those events. And look out for those relays! Check the calendar for upcoming workout focus. If you wish to swim on your own, please do so during designated lap swim times, available 7 days a week for $10 per swim.
Workouts are meant to be challenging but enjoyable. Communicate with your lane mates, ask questions, and get the most out of your training by putting good effort into the sets. With Palo Alto Masters, you’ll find that every workout is different and you learn something every time. Swimming is good for the mind as well as the body!
Subscribe to the Workout Email Reminder List
Schedule & Pricing for Masters Swim
|Monday – Friday||6:00am – 7:00am||7 lanes|
|Monday – Friday||7:00am – 8:00am||7 lanes|
|Tues/Thurs:||12:00pm – 1:00pm||7 lanes|
|Sundays:||8:00am – 9:30am||7 lanes|
Adults – $88/month
Student/Seniors (60+): $80/month
Check-In at Rinconada Pool
Rinconada Pool at Palo Alto Swim & Sport features a check-in system requiring either a check-in card or our smartphone app to gain access to our facilities. You can download the iPhone App for Apple & the Google Play App for Androids by clicking the respected links above.
Our Masters membership requires an annual $30 team fee. Annual team fees are payable upon registration. Monthly memberships are billed on the first day of the month and quarterly memberships are billed on the first day of the calendar quarter.
Palo Alto Masters is part of the US Masters Swimming association, which means all members must be registered with USMS for insurance purposes. Your USMS card is required to participate in Masters swimming events and you receive the benefits of regional and national news about Masters swimming. You may register directly on their website at www.usms.org/reg/
Our Master Swim Coaches
Steve Hurko / Masters Head Coach
Steve Hurko joins Palo Alto Swim and Sport as Masters Head Coach and Head of Camps at the Rinconada site. From a young age Steve has had a passion for the water. Swimming for his neighborhood cabana team, local club team, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and eventually with United States Masters swimming gives Steve a unique perspective on the lifecycle of the sport, and various levels of competition. During his time at Cal Poly, Steve swam the 200FR, 100FLY and 200FLY.
Having spent the last decade in coaching and program development/ management for the likes of Santa Clara Swim Club, Moffett Towers Club and The Bay Club; Steve returns to the deck to pursue his passion of working with athletes and program design.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the annual Team Fee used for?
A: The fee is used for awards, food, intramural event production, and team extras — all things that go into improving the quality and value of the team.
Q: How do I pay for my Palo Alto Masters membership?
A: You pay automatic credit card payments monthly. Monthly memberships will be charged automatically until you cancel your membership. Register online.
Q: How do I cancel, suspend, or change my membership?
A: If you would like to cancel your Palo Alto Masters membership completely, please fill out the online Cancellation Form. Cancellation requests may also be taken in person through the Service Center, (650) 781-5577. Cancellation requests must be submitted by the 15th of current month to terminate recurring payment/membership for the following month.
Q. What is USMS Membership?
A: To swim with Palo Alto Masters, you must register for a Palo Alto Masters membership and pay the annual team fee with Palo Alto Swim & Sport. Once you have registered with Palo Alto Swim and Sport, you must also register with U.S. Masters Swimming. Since Palo Alto Masters is part of USMS, all members must be registered with USMS for insurance purposes. You may register directly on their website.
Q: Do I register with USMS directly. Or does Palo Alto Swim and Sport do so?
A: You must renew your USMS membership directly with USMS. Once you have registered with USMS, please let us know so we can update our records.
Q: I still have questions, who should I contact? (click on the link to email)
A: General information about Palo Alto Masters