Masters Swim

United States Masters Swim is a national membership-operated nonprofit organization that provides membership benefits to nearly 60,000 Masters swimmers across the country. These benefits include insurance, SWIMMER magazine, sanctioned events, and many others. USMS and its 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs) provide direct support to more than 1,500 smaller clubs and workout groups. Structure and organization of USMS programs vary and are driven by factors such as pool availability, instructor or coach availability, community support, and finances. The majority of locations offering USMS programs have coaches on deck. Coaches write workouts and provide feedback and instruction.


For up-to-the-minute information about schedule changes, special events, and other important announcements, all swimmers should be subscribed to the masters-main mailing list.

At Stanford Masters Swimming we strive to provide a welcoming, fun, and safe place to enjoy the water and do some great swim training. We welcome swimmers of every ability who are looking for the best pools in the world, great coaching, and friendly encouraging lane mates.

Want to find out more? We’re here to help.

Can I try it out first? Yes!

All of the messages that are posted on the masters-main mailing list are automatically archived by the mailing list administration software. You can view the archives here.

Free Trial: “Get your Feet Wet” with the Team.

If you’re new to the area, new to our team, or new to swimming, coming in for a week or two of trial swimming is both EASY and FREE!

If you are already registered with United States Masters Swimming then we’d welcome you to come in right away and “get your feet wet” with the team. If you are not currently registered with USMS you can register online OR you are welcome to sign up for a free 30 day trial membership by filling out and signing a USMS registration form and liability waiver and brining it in to the pool when you come to swim (pdf available here).

Once you have either your current year USMS card or your signed liability waiver, we welcome you to come in for a week or two of free swimming. Arrive at the pool about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of a workout, sign in at the gate as a trial member, and talk to the coach. Any of our great coaches will be happy to help you get started. That’s all there is to it!

Joining: Making Stanford Masters Swimming Your Home

Once you decide to join the team the membership process is as simple as 3 easy steps:

1. Register with United States Masters Swimming as a member of Stanford Masters Swimming.
2. Pay Team Dues.
3. Sign up for our team email communications list.

So...What’s holding you back? Choose a workout, grab your gear, and come in for a swim! We’ll see you at the pool.

Announcement Archives

All of the messages that are posted on the masters-main mailing list are automatically archived by the mailing list administration software. You can view the archives here.


Suggested Equipment for Stanford Masters Swimming workouts:

  • Swim Suit
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Swim Cap (if you wear one)
  • Kickboard (provided at workout)
  • Pull Buoy (provided at workout)
  • Training Fins / “Zoomers” (NOT dive fins. Workout fins should extend no more than 4 inches past toes). Hydro T2 fins are our current favorite.
  • Hand Paddles (only if shoulders can handle them) Strokemaker brand paddles are great.
  • Ankle strap/pull tube (for the true swimmer)

Where to get gear locally?

While there are many great places to buy for swim gear online, we are fortunate to have an amazing and well-stocked swim store right in downtown Palo Alto. For over 100 years the Palo Alto Sport Shop & Toy World has been serving our fair city. The second floor of the store is home to the swim shop.

Stanford Masters Swimmers are eligible for a 10% team discount by showing their USMS card!

Palo Alto Sport Shop & Toy World
526 Waverly Street (1/2 block south of University Ave.)
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Telephone: 650-328-8555

Toy and Sport

Lane Etiquette

Masters swimming can be great fun and exercise, and here are some tips to help make the most of this wonderful experience:

  • Swim in a lane where you can make the intervals.
  • Leave 10 seconds apart unless otherwise decided by coach or lanemates.
  • Follow the set as given by the coach.
  • Wear gear only as requested by the coach.
  • Arrive early for morning workout to help set-up the pool.
  • Help pull lane lines and/or covers after workout when required.
  • Put away your kickboard and pull buoy.
  • Be conscious of those swimming in front of and/or behind you.
  • If you need to sit out during a set, move to the corner of the lane or sit out on the side of the pool.
  • Lead the lane only if you believe you can make the set.
  • If you believe you may be unable to complete a set, move to the back of the lane at the beginning.



View Masters Swim Workout schedule


For information about our team, please email Head Coach Tim Edmonds.

For questions about the mailing lists, please email Jennifer Vendetti.