SWIM Long Beach Masters

Our mission is to promote personal fitness and happiness through living a healthy, balanced, aquatic lifestyle. Within the context of safety and fun, in a positive and supportive environment, we pursue our mission through our special blend of pool, bay, and ocean swim practices. Our swimmers are all-ages and all levels of experience, ability and speed. 

A few examples of our adult swimmers are:

Former high school and collegiate swimmers returning to the sport 

  • Tri-athletes improving their swimming form and speed
  • Firefighters staying in shape for their careers
  • Open-ocean paddlers and surfers cross training & building cardio
  • Career professionals who work in an office, studio, or classroom and need exercise.
  • Grandparents or older folks staying in shape for themselves and family.
  • Adults switching from other sports to swimming as their main form of exercise. 

Our four lanes are organized from fastest to slowest, and sets and instruction are catered to meet the needs and abilities of each group. The base workout/emphasis/theme for each day is designed to meet the needs of the bulk of the group. We encourage each swimmer to challenge themselves and if need be, adapt or slightly tweak the workout to fit their needs or ability. We call this “The Master’s Option."

We provide pool and open water swimming to all ages and all abilities. Every practice is coached by an experienced and passionate life-long swimmer/coach. Our workouts are geared for competitive pool and open-water swimmers, tri-athletes, and adults seeking general fitness. Our fastest group of swimmers are former collegiate swimmers and All-Americans in their mid- twenties to mid-fifties. 

Our coaches: A select few from this group form the foundation of our coaching staff. Their varied coaching influences, vast swimming experience and concurrent participation in our program make for a dynamic and interesting blend of coaches who teach, motivate, and provide challenging and thoughtful sets in every practice.

We believe every person benefits from time in the water and improving their fitness.  Our program strives to assist in developing each person to become a healthier, happier person in mind, body and spirit through swimming better in a safe-fun, positive, social environment.

Our program prepares athletes for:

  • Pool and open-water competitions
  • Open-water endurance challenges
  • All levels of triathalon competitions

Our practices generally contain these five areas of fitness:

1.    Warming-up: Getting loosened up and ready to work
2.    Improving stroke technique building a more efficient swim stroke
3.    Working the aerobic system building better cardio-vascular endurance
4.    Working the anaerobic system building power, strength and speed
5.    Loosen down: Calming the body into a restive, relaxed state

Open water training and experience

Channel Crossing Relays: Although we practice mostly in the pool, our distinct specialty is in the open water. In October 2011, our coaches put together the fastest Catalina Channel Swim Relay in the history of the Catalina Channel Swim, crossing the channel in an all-time speed of 6 hours, 53 minutes!

Solo Channel Crossings:  Coach Hank Wise has swum the 20 mile Catalina Channel seven times, a record for the most crossings by an individual.  In October 2018, at age 50, Hank set the male record for the fastest time from Catalina to the mainland (7:55).  Hank also swam the Anacapa to Oxnard Shores 11.4 miles (4:18) the second fastest all-time crossing of that channel.

Local Open Water Races:  We have won team championship at the Huntington Beach Pier Swim over a dozen times. This annual June event is won by having the most top-three finishers in each gender and age group.  Ramping up for the HB Pier Swim with a few practices is all part of the fun.  Every year we make a solid showing at the various open water swim competitions throughout the local area.  Open water races in Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Naples are definitely on the radar each year for our team.

Open Water Swimming – Mid June thru Mid-October - Competitions & Events

In summer, our strongest ocean swimmers swim really cool events:

  • 2nd Saturday in June: Huntington Beach Pier Swim
  • Last Saturday in June: Seal Beach Rough Water Swim
  • Thursdays 5:30 AM, Sea Monkeys: Seal Beach Pier - 1.75 mile swim
  • July 4th: Run-Swim-Run around the whole Naples/Bayshore area
  • 2nd Saturday in July: Pier to Pier Swim - Balboa to Newport 2.2 Mile Swim
  • 2nd Saturday in August: Naples Island Swims - Three Distances from which to choose
  • Late August, Four Piers Event: Swim around four piers using Big Red Bus
  • Mid-October: Michelle Daschbaugh Fast Memorial Swim, Seal Beach Pier

USMS Master’s pool races - training and experience

We have a distinct batch of swimmers who compete in the United States Masters Swim Meets.  These swimmers travel in local, national and international meets. These swimmers point for Master’s Nationals held twice each year - once long course and once short course.  For our pool racing athletes we offer a great baseline of training and competition as they prepare for their championships.  We encourage everyone, regardless of level, to swim their personal best - everyday at practice and in their various competitions.  We support and empower a wide range of lifestyles, competitions, and levels of swimmers.

Triathletes' and runners' cross training

We have a lot of triathletes who train on the team.  Their tri-races range in distances from sprint tri's all the way through Iron Man. Some of our swimmers compete in marathon running races, too. During our announcement time in practices, we encourage our triathlete swimmers to share for which races they are training and their results afterwards. We are very supportive of the multi-sport athletes on our team, and they add a lot of flavor to the mix!

Why join SWIM Long Beach? 

  • Build fitness in mind, body and spirit
  • Benefit from active, positive, experienced coaches
  • Energize your cardiovascular system, endurance, speed and strength
  • Perfect Cross-Training:  Supplement existing sports with swimming.
  • Improve stroke technique & the fine points (streamlines, turns, breathing)
  • Gain confidence and experience in open water swimming
  • Personalized feedback, motivation and instruction
  • Prepare for competitions, challenges and personal bests
  • Super-fun, athletic-based social outlet
Masters Pier Swim 2013


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