Richmond Plunge Masters (RPM) is a club member of United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and is one of over 100 Masters swimming clubs registered with Pacific Masters Swimming, the regional organization.
Masters swimming is an organized swimming program open to all adults, 18 and over. Through coached workouts, competitions, clinics, instruction and workshops, Masters swimming provides opportunities for adult swimmers of all abilities to gain and improve fitness through the sport of swimming. Members include fitness, triathlete, competitive and non-competitive swimmers, ranging from novice and recreational to veteran pool and open water swimmers. For frequently asked questions about Masters swimming see www.usms.org/faq.php.
Masters swimming is a great way to stay in shape and meet new friends, within a positive, supportive and fun environment.
Coached Workout Schedule
RPM coached pool workouts at the Plunge are ongoing. Workouts include weekday morning, noon and evening times, as well as a Saturday morning workout as listed below. The workout schedule will be adjusted around holiday times.
Tues & Thurs 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Mon – Fri 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mon & Wed 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Swimming Saves Lives: Adult Swim Lessons
Richmond Swims has offered adult swim lessons as part of the USMS Swimming Saves Lives program. This program is not currently offering lessons, but check back periodically to learn more about our adult swim lessons and schedule.
Open Water Bay Swimming
In addition to pool workouts, a handful of RPM members swim frequently in the bay at Keller Beach (5-minute walk from the Plunge), Marina Bay and other nearby locations along the Richmond shoreline. The swims are typically arranged informally and timed according to weather and tide conditions. These open water bay swims are typically not a club or USMS-sanctioned activity, although sanctioned events are planned for the future. RPM facilitates open water swimming opportunities by bringing together swimmers who share this interest. For more information about open water swimming click on this link to the Pacific Masters swimming open water page: http://www.openwaterpacific.org/
Masters Swimming Events
While the majority of Masters swimmers participate in training, fitness and social functions, and never enter a competition, dozens of pool and open water swim competitions are offered throughout the year in Northern California and elsewhere around the country. The Pacific Masters Swimming calendar of events can be found at www.pacificmasters.org/comp/schd.html.
Registration and Fees
Registration. Everyone is required to register with USMS/Pacific Masters Swimming and pay annual dues, which cover insurance, the Pacific Masters newsletter, and a bi-monthly subscription to Swim Magazine. Annual dues are currently $52. The Pacific Masters Swimming membership information can be found online at www.pacificmasters.org/admin/application.shtml. Please review the options and join whichever way makes you comfortable.
Admin Fees. All RPM members are required to pay a $25 Administrative fee to cover various overhead expenses associated with running the club.
Swimming Fees. Swimming fees cover pool rental costs, coach’s salary, and equipment.
There are three payment options with 2016 fees listed below.
- Annual/monthly/quarterly fee (paid in advance) allows participation in any and all workouts:
- $610 for the full year (Jan-Dec)
- $170 for a 3 month session (Jan-Mar, Apr-June, July- Sept, Oct-Dec)
- $62 per month
- $610 for the full year (Jan-Dec)
- Punch cards allow participation in a set number of normal workouts:
- $77 for a 10-workout punch card
- Drop-in fee allows participation in a single normal workout
- $ 10 drop-in fee (first visit is free!)
Fees should be paid by check made out to “Richmond Swims”, and sent to the attention of the Club Registrar at P.O. Box 70952, Richmond, CA 94807. Punch card and drop-in fees should be paid to the coach at the Plunge during a scheduled workout. Or, please use our new online store:
Carol has helped swimmers of all ages and levels reach their goals in fitness and competition through masters, high school and age group swimming. She swam competitively during her high school years in Kingston, Jamaica and returned to the pool in 2004 when her three children began swimming year-round with BEAR, a USA-Swim team. For several years, Carol swam with Walnut Creek Masters, mentored by their coaching staff. As a USA-S Level II and ASCA Level III coach, she is especially proud of the accomplishments of each athlete as they progress to swims they had never dreamt possible. “Better everyday” is a reality with Carol in coaching, teaching, personal swims, life as a cook, mom and wife.
Swim Coach for 10 years (lessons, stroke technique, open water)
NCAA Division I Swimmer (University of Utah) –Conference Champions
California State Beach Lifeguard
3 Time 1 Mile – Cardiff Open Water Swim Champion
2 Time 1 Mile – Oceanside Pier Swim Champion
2 Time 3 Mile – Gatorman Swim Champion
10K – US Open Water Nationals Team Champion
1 Mile – Spring Lake Champion
2 Mile – Keller Cove Runner-Up
2014 swam 10 miles of the TransTahoe Relay course.
Started swimming 50 years ago.
Age-group team from age 5-20. Assistant coach for 3 years.
Four years of swimming in High School.
Two years of swimming at a Community College.
Could not swim at Humboldt State University, because they did not have a men’s team.
Masters swimmer since 1991. 10 years in Oregon, 15 years in the S.F. Bay Area.
Coached Masters team in Eugene, OR for two years.
Coach Chris Lehon participated in USA youth and high school swimming growing up in California. He previously coached the Berkeley Aquatic Master (BAM) and Berkeley Bears age group swim teams. He has been a substitute coach at Strawberry Canyon and the Claremont Resort. He has taught swim lessons and been a lifeguard for over 10 years. He is also certified by the American Red Cross as a lifeguard instructor. His regular job is in the recycling and sustainability field.
For More Information
If you are interested in learning more about Richmond Plunge Masters please contact either of the following:
- Coach, John Schonder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-356-8801
- RPM Club Coordinator, Norm Hantzsche at email@example.com or 510- 236-6114, ext 214
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