Ventura County Masters Swimming
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|Monday - Friday
|| 5:30 - 7:00am
|| 7:00 - 9:00am
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Ventura County Masters
The Ventura County Masters (VCM) swim team is a United States Masters Swimming registered club in the Southern Pacific Masters Association and Southwestern Zone. We are the adult swimming team of the Buenaventura Swim Club, a United States Swimming registered club and a California 501(C)(3) non-profit organization under the name of Buenaventura Swim Patrons, Inc. A copy of the club bylaws or team handbook are available upon request.
We encourage participation in our activities by adults who are interested in increased physical fitness through interval-based competitive swimming practice. We welcome participation from basic/intermediate skill levels up to and including elite-level "world class" Masters swimmers and triathletes. Our goal is to promote a healthy, safe, fun, and low-key team atmosphere in conjunction with the Buenaventura Swim Club, its coaches, swimmers, parents, and affiliates.
As the most senior group of the club, VCM members bring experience, leadership, and maturity for the benefit of our club’s younger swimmers. VCM members have been active as club Board members, meet operations officials, and have taken leading roles in the fundraising activities of the club for the benefit of the entire organization.
VCM trains 12 months out of the year, except when pool maintenance issues force us out of the pool. Training is conducted in the beautiful Buenaventura Swim Club Competition Pool at the Ventura Aquatics Center. Workouts are normally conducted with the pool setup in a 25-yard format (short course), but long course (50-meter) training is scheduled to occur in the mornings during the long course season (May-August). Our team dues are $65/month due on the first of the month and payable to Buenaventura Swim Club. Payments received after the 10th of the month may be subject to a late payment fee. We also offer the option of a 10-swim “punch card” pass for $75 that allows less-frequent or out-of-town swimmers to enjoy our program. If interested in the punch card option, please inquire with the coach on deck.
The VCM team currently boasts over 100 members with differing swimming skills, interests, and goals. Some of our members are lap swimmers who enjoy the social physical benefits of the workout environment. Other team members participate in swim meets, triathlons, other events and invitationals throughout the year. Several of our team members are among the elite in the region, state, nation, and world. Our national men’s team members have placed in the top 3 of the team standings (small team division) at the USMS short course national championships numerous times. Our triathlete members have placed high in world and national championships and Ironman competitions.
Head Coach Jason York: Coach Jason has been a youth and masters swim coach since 1996, beginning his career with swim clubs in Chico and Oroville. In 1999, he joined the coaching team at the nationally-renowned Santa Clara Swim Club and was mentored by Dick Jochums, a legendary coach who produced numerous Olympians. During his eight years at Santa Clara, Jason coached pre-competitive and age-group swimmers, assisted with senior and national teams and founded a successful pre-masters team. He was named Pacific Swimming Western Zone All-Star Coach in 2006 and 2007. He is certified as a Level Three coach by the American Swimming Coaches Association.
Coach Jason’s swimming background includes starting at the Santa Clara Swim Club at the age of seven and training with the club until he left to attend BYU and UCSB. At UCSB he was a scholarship swimmer and helped lead the Gauchos to two Big West Conference titles. His personal swimming achievements include Olympic Trials Qualifier, Senior & Junior Nationals Qualifier, Far Westerns Champion, high school All-American and CIF-CCS champion, and a Pacific Swimming and National Age Group record holder.