About Us


The Swymnut Masters is an adult aquatics fitness program with a home base in Marin County, California. The name suits us well as we are all pretty darned nutty about swimming. Our team was founded in January 2012 by award winning coaches Cokie Lepinski and Susie Powell long time friends, experienced masters swimmers and coaches that believe if it isn’t fun and it isn’t challenging, we just aren’t doing things right.

Swymnut Masters is a nonprofit public benefit corporation 501(c)(3) and is not organized for the private gain of any person. Our focus is on educating the Masters swimmer on all aspects of the sport, but in particular, on stroke technique development, wellness, proper training, cardio and muscular strength.  As a charitable organization it is our desire to provide scholarships or partial scholarships for those who demonstrate a financial need that wish to become team members, attend Swymnut stroke clinics or Swymnut adult learn-to-swim programs.

We are partly a land based team and, somewhat unusual, partly a virtual team. For our land based swimmers, we operate out of three pools. We swim at Lucas Valley (a community pool in San Rafael, California) the Marin JCC in San Rafael, and the Indian Valley Pool in Novato (an extension of the College of Marin campus). Click the tab in the upper menu for Swymnuts Lucas ValleySwymnuts JCC or Swymnuts IVC and you can read about our operations at each location. Some of our members are not able to join us in our pool locations, living outside the area and even outside California. That is where the virtual component comes in. Our virtual swimmers have access to some outstanding workouts (all stored electronically on Dropbox) as well as support on many fronts from Cokie & Susie. We can help you with your goals, provide drills tailored to your needs; help craft race strategy for you; set up a taper; prep you for open water or swim competitions; and, keep you current with technique, nutrition, and trends in masters swimming.

Our team members come from all walks of life. We’ve got fast swimmers and not as fast swimmers. :-) Some compete, most don’t. We have swimmers who come from a swimming background and others who only just recently learned to swim. Some swim all four strokes and some swim only freestyle. We’ve got moms, dads, brothers, sisters, senior citizens and college kids. Young and old, it is our love of swimming that keeps us coming back and makes our team so fun. We vow not to take ourselves too seriously and most of our team members swim primarily for fitness. For those who seek competition, we offer that as well with a coaching staff that will attend  swim meets, record your splits, film your races, give you morale support and cheer you on!

We swim for good times!

That’s our team motto and we practice what we preach. Your form of fitness should be fun and enjoyable. If it is a drudgery, is it really doing you much good? So don’t wait until you are “back in swim shape” to join us. Don’t wait until you feel like you can jump in the water and swim those times you did as a kid. Don’t wait until you lose weight, get your teeth whitened, get a tan, or win the lottery. For Pete’s Sake, just do it! Get your rear end in gear, give us a jingle, and dive in. You won’t regret it!

If you are interested in more information about Swymnut Masters, contact Coach Cokie by clicking on the Contact Coach Cokie photo in the right sidebar.

Still not convinced? Each year more people participate in the sport of swimming than in any other sport. Swimming is the nation’s number one activity because no other sport or activity produces as many or as varied benefits for the individual throughout one’s life. It is safe, with less risk of injury than most other activities and promotes a clean, healthy lifestyle. Stay fit, work off the stress, watch the pounds melt away! Check out some of these awesome benefits:

  1. Less impact on your joints than many other activities – “do more with less”
  2. Terrific benefits for your cardiovascular system – your heart and lungs will love you for this.
  3. A very social activity – you get to talk to your “gutter buddies” (lane mates) between sets
  4. A great calorie burner. Some of us even say, “We swim to eat!”
  5. Increased muscle tone and strength
  6. Improved flexibility
  7. A great stress reducing activity – We often say that the world goes away when we slip under the water.
  8. This is a lifetime sport – there are many, many masters swimmers out there swimming well into their 80s and 90s

The water beckons. Don’t wait!

Pool Underwater



I’ll close out this post with a video from U.S. Masters Swimming which does an excellent job in portraying who we are as a swim community.

  5 Responses to “About Us”

  1. I am 67 and would like to use swimming to get in shape without impact (bad knees). I know how to swim but aside from jumping in a pool now and then, I don’t. I am sure my technique is awful but I want to learn how to swim correctly and I want a place where I can swim laps for strength, endurance and well-being for the long term…also open water swimming looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Thank you, Cokie Lepinski, for your e-book, “There’s a Drill for That”. I know how much time and effort you put into it. It is very appreciated.

    I met you a couple of years ago at a Level II Masters Coaching Clinic, near Palo Alto, CA.

  3. Hello! I want to start swimming again to get back in shape and would love to join your organization. I had a kid in shark pups and that is how I heard of you guys. Do I need to be registered as a master swimmer if I am just practicing? Also, I have a 7 year old who would like to do more swimming. He is a pretty strong swimmer and wants to practice during the off season to get ready for the new 2016 year, is he able to come with me?
    Thank you!!

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