State of Idaho, Secretary of State Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Association Number: U4272


Sawtooth Masters (SAWS) is the local U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) swim team that serves the greater Boise, Idaho area. We are a team-based adult (18+) club focused on providing coached swim practices under the auspices of USMS with an overarching goal to promote the joy of swimming.  Members are a diverse group with varied swimming abilities and goals; World/National Record holders, recreational swimmers, triathletes and swimmers that enjoy companionship on open water swims. SAWS in conjunction with various Boise Valley facilities/swim programs offer coached practices, open water training, competitions, swim clinics and other events that enhance team cohesiveness and challenge an athlete's status quo.  

Under the umbrella of Sawtooth Masters Club members can work out at the facility of their choice (i.e. YMCA, Boise State, Steamliners, to name a few). The coaches organize swimmers according to ability and speed, and provide a motivating and supportive environment with a focus on defining individual goals and improving technique, speed, strength, and fitness. Out-of-town drop-ins are welcome. Check with the facility and on-deck coach for details.

Promoting the Joy of Swimming

To connect adult swimmers of all abilities through swim practices, coaching, education, competition and social events.

SAWS Shared Values

  • Social Connection
  • Camaraderie
  • Beyond the Pool
  • Competition Events
  • Quality Coaching
  • Community Collaboration
  • Education


Sawtooth Masters (SAWS) is a USMS Club and an Unincorporated Nonprofit Association registered pursuant to Idaho Statutes Title 30 Chapter 27.

USMS is a national organization that provides competitions, clinics/workshops, and extensive information (magazine and online) for adults aged 18 and over. USMS is administered locally by 53 Local Masters Swim Committees (LMSCs) located in 9 geographic zones across the US. Prospective members and clubs join USMS through their LMSC. SAWS is one of four registered clubs within the Snake River LMSC. SAWS is in the Northwest Zone. A membership in SAWS is a membership in USMS, and allows individuals to compete in USMS sanctioned events. As an individual, you may choose to join SAWS, receive email notification of events and enjoy the camaraderie and structure of the group or you may choose to remain unattached. Unattached swimmers enjoy all of the benefits of USMS membership, except they cannot compete in USMS sanctioned competitions. 

Members can swim at the facility of their choice.  The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (the Y) supports SAWS by encouraging individual health and well-being through swimming. The Y charges a monthly fee to paticipate in coached workouts in addition to the Y membership fee.  YMCA/SAWS members can swim without paying the Y monthly fee for coached workouts in open lap lanes. The West Y Aquatic Center features a beautiful 50-meter pool sanctioned by USMS and USAS.

Boise State University offers a quality aquatics program; click on for details.

The motivation and instruction a coach provides is a powerful advantage. Our workouts emphasize group interval training, which has innumerable benefits over simple lap swimming.  The friendly faces and camaraderie found at a SAWS workout provides a powerful incentive to get you in the pool, swim fast and reduce skipped workouts.

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