Masters Swim

  


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 10 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.

Workouts
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
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.

Have fun!
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!

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Schedule & Pricing for Masters Swim


Schedule

Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:00am – 6:45am 7 lanes
Mon/Wed/Fri: 6:45am – 7:30am 7 lanes
Tues/Thurs: 8:15pm – 9:15pm 14 lanes
Tues/Thurs: 12:00pm – 12:45pm 7 lanes***
Sundays: 8:15am – 9:00am 7 lanes
Sundays: 9:00am – 9:45am 7 lanes

*** – Starting October 27th!

Pricing

Masters
$88 per month

Things You Need To Know:

– Limit 1 lane reservation per day per person.

– Lane reservations can be booked within the next 7 days only. The 7th day (in advance) is released online at midnight.

– Start date of contract/membership is the first day that you will be able to book lane reservations at no additional costs.

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.

Lane Cancellation/Rescheduling
If you know that you cannot make your lane reservation, please cancel your reservation online as soon as possible to open the spot for another member of the community. If you cancelled that reservation more than 24 hours in advance, you can rebook using that purchase at another time. There will be no refunds for lane reservations. There are no credits or refunds for bookings cancelled within 24 hours of the booking.

Pool Etiquette During Covid-19
Please bring the following when showing up for Masters workouts:
1. Already be dressed to swim
2. Towel
3. Water

Requirements to enter the pool:
1. Must have a face mask on
2. Must not have any symptoms of illness

Arrival to Rinconada Facility
When you arrive at the facility there will be a one-way entry point and one exit point as seen on the map below.  You will then line up on the fence while following social distancing guidelines. You will be greeted by a staff member that will guide you to your lane.  You will need to arrive at the pool in your swim attire. Currently we are not able to open the locker rooms or showers. We will have 1 restroom available for you to use that will be disinfected after each use.

Entering The Pool
The pool will be set up with lane numbers. You will be given a number when you walk in. The numbers on the pool will be odd and even numbers on opposing sides.

Exiting The Pool
Our lifeguards will blow the whistle at 35 minutes to signify the end of the swim time. You will have 5 minutes to gather your things and head to the exit. There will only be one exit to the pool located in the back of the lap pool. Once getting out of the pool you will need to be sure that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines along with wearing a face-mask, our staff will be there to make sure we are all staying safe and following the guidelines.

Team Fee
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.

USMS membership


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.

Safety Protocols for COVID-19

Please bring the following when showing up for Masters workouts:
1. Already be dressed to swim
2. Towel
3. Water

Requirements to enter the pool:
1. Must have a face mask on
2. Must not have any symptoms of illness

Arrival to Rinconada Facility
When you arrive at the facility there will be a one-way entry point and one exit point as seen on the map below.  You will then line up on the fence while following social distancing guidelines. You will be greeted by a staff member that will guide you to your lane.  You will need to arrive at the pool in your swim attire. Currently we are not able to open the locker rooms or showers. We will have 1 restroom available for you to use that will be disinfected after each use.

Entering The Pool
The pool will be set up with lane numbers. You will be given a number when you walk in. The numbers on the pool will be odd and even numbers on opposing sides.

Exiting The Pool
Our lifeguards will blow the whistle at 35 minutes to signify the end of the swim time. You will have 5 minutes to gather your things and head to the exit. There will only be one exit to the pool located in the back of the lap pool. Once getting out of the pool you will need to be sure that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines along with wearing a face-mask, our staff will be there to make sure we are all staying safe and following the guidelines.

Lane Cancellation/Rescheduling
If you know that you cannot make your lane reservation, please cancel your reservation online as soon as possible to open the spot for another member of the community. If you cancelled that reservation more than 24 hours in advance, you can rebook using that purchase at another time. There will be no refunds for lane reservations

There are no credits or refunds for bookings cancelled within 24 hours of the booking.

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 can choose an annual one-time payment or automatic credit card payments either quarterly or monthly. If you choose an annual membership, then you need to renew each year. If you choose quarterly or monthly memberships, you 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