Welcome to Santa Barbara Masters Swimming

Due to the current health pandemic, SBMS is operating under a limited pool schedule and is currently restricted to one swimmer per lane.  SBMS is not offering Free Trials or Drop-In at this time.

A letter to the Santa Barbara Masters swim community:

Dear Santa Barbara Masters Swimmers,

We hope that this email finds you well!  COVID has dragged on far longer than many of us expected, impacting our swimming arrangements in ways we couldn't have anticipated.  Here is an update on where things stand. 

Earlier this year, as our new club rapidly grew, we reached a saturation point between available slots (at that time, 154) and members vying for those spots (118).  The board voted early in September to cap new enrollments to ensure that every paying member got a reasonable chance to swim more than once per week. 

Since that time, we have robustly and relentlessly advocated with the city for more swimmers per lane, as well as more swimming hours per week.  Often we were told "to wait just a little longer, just a little longer, the situation should improve soon."  Perhaps you can understand why we were reluctant to alter the cap arrangement in this state of anticipatory limbo.  We know that a number of former SBSC members are eager to enroll, and we're sorry it has been frustrating!  Please know that we are doing our best to balance competing imperatives and to ensure a quality experience for all. 

It appears appropriate now to add members, on a limited basis, due to a few factors.  First, we've experienced some "melt" as swimmers have gone back to college or moved away.  Second, the city offered us an additional swimming opportunity on Sunday mornings that has eased the pressure somewhat on signups. 

If you would like to join Santa Barbara Masters Swimming (SBMS), please email admin@sbmasters.org by 12pm noon Monday, October 26, 2020.  Each respondent will be entered into a lottery wherein 15 individuals will be randomly selected and given the chance to establish their SBMS membership. Once you have paid for your SBMS membership you will be able to sign up for workouts using SignUpGenius. The signup goes live every Monday at 8pm. All members may currently try to sign up for 2 swims per week.

Although we are striving for fairness, we know that this policy of limited expansion cannot satisfy everyone, and we apologize for that.  If you are not one of the first 15, please know that our campaign to increase lane space will continue.  We will also reevaluate our membership number on a weekly basis, and we may be able to add more members if conditions permit.  We won't be happy until all of our former membership is back swimming with us, hopefully as soon as possible!  


Board of Directors
Santa Barbara Masters Swimming

Please email admin@sbmasters.org if you have questions. We urge you to check back with us for updates.

Pool Facility
Los Baños del Mar Pool, 401 Shoreline Drive, Santa Barbara located in the Santa Barbara harbor. Map

Fee Structure

$25 Membership
One time membership activation fee
1 Swim
10 Swim Pass
3 Month
6 Month
12 Month

Santa Barbara Masters Swimming (SBMS) offers year-round coached swimming workouts for adults. We are a registered U.S. Masters Swimming Club and welcome all levels of swimmers aged 18+ and older to join the team and swim with us. Our program will help you reach your goals, whether you are new to swimming, an avid fitness or competitive swimmer, or multisport athlete. SBMS offers an inspiring team atmosphere with organized workouts, competitions, clinics, and social functions.  Highly qualified coaches on deck provide instruction to help swimmers of all skill levels and ages improve their technique and train for personal goals.

Santa Barbara Masters Swimming is an aquatic fitness program that promotes healthy lifestyles through the sport of swimming.  We are located at Los Baños del Mar Pool in Santa Barbara, CA.

Our coached sessions are designed to improve your swimming skills, make you more efficient in the water, and increase your overall fitness level. Get fit, become a better swimmer, stay motivated, and meet new friends!

See how much fun you will have group training, and discover how quickly you will improve with professional coaching! We are the team for everyone — from beginners seeking to improve their fitness to racers intent on setting a world age-group record. Meet us at the pool and join the fun.

Swim with us!