Oakdale Aquatics Masters (OAQM)

Updated April 17th, 2020

Between the Oakdale Joint Unified School District being shut down for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year, and the statewide shelter in place order, we have to keep everything shut down until further notice. At the earliest, we can start back up June 1st, but that is assuming Governor Newsom lifts the statewide shelter-in-place orders by then. We will provide updates to when a restart date will be.

Practice Location

Oakdale High School Aquatics Center, 739 West G Street, Oakdale, CA 95361

Current Practice Times



Coached Practices:

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Lap Swim:

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



There are two cost

1. Monthly Dues for 2020 are $29.00. Register for Masters here.

2. Annual Registration. All Masters/Lap Swimmers are required to be current U.S. Masters Swimming members. Registration is $50.00 per year. Register for USMS here.

For any question, contact Coach Quinton at oakdalemasters1@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Lap Swimming vs. Coached Masters Swimming?

Lap swimming is self-directed and self coached. The swimmer develops their workout, speed, intervals and duration. Some swimmers prefer this type of swim practice. At Masters classes, the coach develops the workout. Each practice has a different theme- sprint, non-free, equipment, or distance. Having a coach on deck exposes the swimmer to set variety and feedback on the swimmers progress. If you have questions about the set, drills or stroke- just ask the coach.

What's the membership of U.S. Masters Swimming like?

Our Masters program is registered with U.S. Masters Swimming, the national governing board for adult swimming. As a USMS member, you are covered by USMS insurance in practices and you may compete in USMS pool and open water events. In addition, you have access to USMS member online resources and content, vendor discounts, fitness programs, competition program, and access to hundreds of online written workouts.

I'm not a very fast swimmer, can't swim all the strokes, and am not sure I can finish an hour workout; how good a swimmer must I be to join?

OAQM welcomes swimmers of all abilities. If you can swim 4 lengths of the pool, our coaching staff can help you improve your skills and endurance. You don't need to be able to swim all the strokes to join! Don't be afraid to ask for help. Workouts are adjusted to take into account each swimmer's ability level.

What are the workouts like? How many yards per workout?

Each workout runs for about 60 minutes (don't worry if you can't finish the whole practice initially). The coach gives the sets, which vary in distance per lane.

Is the water heated?

Yes. It is a comfortable 80-degree.

Are there showers and changing rooms?

There are outside showers to rinse off next to the pool. Changing rooms are next to the bathrooms.

What equipment do I need?

Only a swimsuit (no cutoffs), goggles and a towel are required. There are kickboards and pull buoys available for use (subject to availability). Some people like to bring their own fins and hand paddles.

Policy for Masters Swim Cancelation

There are no contracts. Membership is month to month. The billing cycle is from the 1st business day of the month through the end of the month. The monthly fees are not pro-rated. If you join mid-month, you will be charged for the full month. In order to cancel your membership and avoid being charged for the following month, please send an email notice to either to our Registrar Claire Raggio at oakdaleswimteam1@gmail.com or by the 20th of the month. This will allow us time to make the changes before the first business day of the month.

Not sure?

If you're not sure, or you have never swam with a U.S. Masters Swim group before, come  down to the Oakdale High School Aquatic Center at 739 West G Street, Oakdale, Ca. and have a look! Contact Kalen Darling at oakdalemasters1@gmail.com for more information. Check out this YouTube video from Olympian Rowdy Gaines on US Masters Swimming:  http://www.youtube.com/user/USMastersSwimming

Getting Started

You are just about to begin training. But before you do, a brief word about pool etiquette is in order. To avoid conflict, and make everyone's experience more enjoyable, a number of conventions have grown up over the years. Here they are in brief:

Swimming pattern.

If there are two of you in a lane, you may opt to keep to one side of the lane; the other swimmer will stay on the opposite side. Three or more swimmers in a lane must circle swim.


Dive. Use the starting blocks independently. Swim down the middle of a lane. Remain stationary in the lane, except at the wall. Stand or hold onto the wall in the middle of the lane. Grab another swimmer. Push off the wall immediately before or after another swimmer—no tailgating! Do your own thing in a lane that is following a prescribed set or workout.


Enter the water feet first. This is mandatory for all Masters swimmers. Dive only from the starting blocks, when instructed by your coach. Circle swim, staying always to the right of the lane, only moving. Toward the center when ready to turn at the wall. Exit the workout if unable to continue swimming. Scoot to the corner of the lane while standing or holding onto the wall. Tap a swimmer's toes in front of you, indicating that you wish to pass at the next turn. Allow 5 seconds between swimmers when starting a set.

Swimming Vocabulary


Stroke modification or exercise done in the water to isolate a particular body part or technique. Such as dragging fingertips in the water to promote a high-elbow recovery.


The arm movement, or using only arms for propulsion. A pull set will be one where you'll use a pull buoy designed to keep your legs still so that you can focus on your pull.


Leg movement, which is isolated in kick sets, using a kickboard.


The highly desirable ability to keep moving without pulling or kicking.


What skinny fish have naturally, we have to achieve by squeezing our arms and legs into lines. The opposite of a streamlined position would be a "Superman" with arms spread wide.


The ability to "grab" and push the water with your hand/arm. The opposite is "slipping."

Flip turn

Near the wall, spin 180 degrees, feet over head, feet land on the wall and push off.

Open turn

Touch the wall with your hand, turn around and push off.


The movement from the wall until the first stroke.

Alternate or bilateral breathing

In freestyle, breathing on odd numbers of strokes, such as 3, 5, etc., so that you breathe equally on both sides.


A split is your time for a segment of a prescribed swim. If you swim a 100 (four lengths) and your time at the 50 (two lengths) is 35 seconds, then that is your split.