Hawai’i Masters Swim Club is a training group for adults
interested in improving their swimming speed, endurance, and
technique in a fun, positive, athlete-centered
We are dedicated to
helping swimmers of all ability levels improve their swimming
skills. We do interval training and stroke technique drills to help
accelerate your swim training for triathlons, open water swims,
fitness, and everything in between. Each workout is divided into
training groups for specialized workouts that will take you to the
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The Duke Kahanamoku
Aquatic Complex (DKAC) serves as the home for the University of
Hawai‘i’s swimming and diving, women’s water
polo, and UH Masters swimming teams. The facility, located on the
University’s lower campus, includes a 50-meter training pool
and a separate 25-yard competition and diving pool. The long course
pool is four feet at both ends, seven feet in the middle, and an
average depth of six feet.
The DKAC also features
newly renovated locker rooms and showers for both the men's and
women's swimming & diving teams and women's water polo squad.
The improvements, which also included a new conference room, were
completed in the summer of 2011.
The competition pool
doubles as the diving facility, which has two one-meter and
three-meter springboards. The diving/competition pool features
three platform towers at heights of five, seven-and-a-half, and
10-meters. It also houses a hot tub and an underwater viewing room
where the swimmers are videotaped, enabling the coaching staff to
analyze each swimmer’s stroke mechanics. This is one of the
fastest pools in the USA at a depth of 17 feet.
The DKAC was constructed
in stages with the pool opening in 1978. Other facets of the
complex were added later, with construction culminating in 1986. In
the summer of 2001, major renovations were made to the diving
facilities. Concrete bases were created for the springboards and
new platform surfaces and stairs were added. These improvements
along with a new warm-up area, provide the UH divers an excellent
facility for training and competition. New 6-inch short course lane
lines and a top-of-the-line Paragon starting blocks have made
swimming at the “Duke” better and faster than
The pool stands as a
namesake to Hawai‘i’s most legendary swimmer and
surfer, Duke Kahanamoku. “The Duke” was the first
famous Waikiki beach boy. His passion for water sports included
surfing, swimming and canoeing, taking him to the 1912 Olympics in
Stockholm, Sweden. Kahanamoku shocked the world when he broke the
100-yard freestyle event and received his gold medal by an
impressed Swede King Gustaf.
At age 34, Duke brought
home a silver medal in the 100-meter at the 1924 Olympiad in Paris.
He attended the Olympics again in 1932 at the age of 42 with the
U.S. water polo team. His death on Jan. 22, 1968, left
Hawai‘i missing a hero.