Masters workouts are developed and coached by Kari Davis, Logan Franks, or Kevin Lane. Coaches remain on the deck while workouts are being conducted and will adjust swimmers techniques in order to improve their stroke. Swimmers of all levels are welcome as participants are divided according to the pace at which they swim. New participants must be able to swim 400 yards straight in order to participate in the workouts.
A typical master’s workout includes the warm-up, the main set and the cool-down. A sufficient warm-up is essential and a relaxing cool-down will help to fight fatigue and sore muscles. A typical workout lasts for an hour or more. The main part of most workouts consists of sets of varying distances. Repetitions divide each set into manageable parts, such as “5 x 100,” which means that you swim 100 yards (the length of a football field), stop to rest, and then repeat that distance four more times, for a total of five repetitions.
In addition to sets, you may be asked to complete skill drills that challenge you to think about body position, parts of each stroke, and other essentials of swimming. For example, your coach may ask you to swim with your fists clenched, to draw attention to the importance of high elbow and unbroken wrist line.
As a new swimmer, or someone returning after a long absence, you must be prepared for a challenge—especially to your lungs. Breathe often! Do not try to impress yourself or others by holding your breath, or your workout will be over very soon. Swim smart and build up your endurance over time. It can take six months before you can make the workouts as written—even for skilled athletes who have endurance in other sports—swimming is different. Give yourself plenty of time, enjoy your new friends, and communicate any concerns to your coach.
WAC is pleased to have Kari Davis as our Head Masters Swim Coach. Kari was a Collegiate All-American swimmer and has over 30 years coaching experience. Kari began teaching swimming in San Diego in 1990. In 1991 and 1992 she was San Diego’s Age-Group Coach of the Year.
In 2005 Kari moved to Park City where she started a Masters Swim Team and began coaching triathletes. Kari loves coaching and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Kari lives with her husband in Westlake Village and has 2 grown children.
WAC welcomes Kevin Lane as our new Assistant Masters Swim Coach. Kevin is the Assistant Coach of California Lutheran University Men’s and Women’s Swim Team. In addition to coaching at CLU, Kevin is a USMS (US Masters) Certified Level 2 Coach. Growing up in Connecticut, Kevin swam through his teen years on the club and YMCA level. Kevin helped set many Connecticut State relay records and competed at the YMCA National Championships. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all star team member where he traveled and competed against other all star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed at the NCAA National Championships and set school records in the in the 200 fly and in relays. In his senior year he was elected captain of his team.
Logan Franks served 7 years in the Marine Corps infantry. During his enlistment, he raced on the Marine Corps Triathlon team. He was 1 of 6 Marines selected to represent the All Marine Triathlon Team at Armed Forces Triathlon Championships in 2011. Logan also competed as a professional triathlete with a primary focus on long course triathlon. In 2010 he was ranked 52nd in the world for Ironman and he posted the fasted American run split of the day at Ironman world championships, crossing the finish line in 9:02.
Logan was also collegiate runner for the university of Delhi, located in NY. Though he was a fast runner, his success in triathlon, was being hindered by his lack of swim knowledge and experience. Knowing this, Logan went to a number of swim clinics and trained under the guidance of some of the best triathlon and swim coaches in the United States. Logan soon became a front pack swimmer, often coming out of the water in the top 6 of the pro division for Ironman and 70.3 races.
In 2013, Logan shifted his focus to coaching and put his athletic career on hold. Logan currently owns a military focused triathlon team. He coaches prior service members and active duty military. He also coaches paratriathletes and other wounded vets hoping to compete in the Paralympics. Logan is a Level 2 Masters swim coach.
Masters Swim FAQ
Not sure if Masters Swim is right for you? Check out the FAQ below from U.S. Masters:
"Masters" sounds intimidating... is this really for me?
The word "Masters" was first applied to adults who participated in track and field, and was later adopted in organized adult swimming. In swimming, Masters simply means 18 and older.
Do I have to compete to be a Masters swimmer?
No. When organized adult swimming started to become popular in the 1960s, the intent was that adults would swim to stay in shape. But early organizers knew that some adults would want to compete, so it is offered. About 25% of the nearly 60,000 US Masters Swim members enter pool or open water competitions. The greater percentage of USMS members do not compete.
But I'm not fast enough or in shape enough to be a Masters swimmer?
This is something a lot of Masters Coaches hear. However, most Masters coaches and swimmers don’t care how fast you are. In nearly every program, there are others of similar ability, or those who started where you are and have improved. Don't let your percevied ability, or lack thereof, hold you back. Although it’s important to have a physical examination before starting any exercise routine, you don’t need to be in top shape to start Masters swimming - Masters swimming will help you get there!
I'm a triathlete - why should I join Masters Swimming?
Many triathletes, including the world-class Jarrod Shoemaker, Gwen Jorgensen and Sara McLarty, join USMS programs because training with swimmers is the best way to improve the swim portion of the tri. Masters coaches also provide technique instruction and interval training with a group.
Master Swim Schedule
Mon - Wed 12 to 1pm
Tue & Thu 5:30-6:30am
Tue & Thu 6:00-7:00 pm