About

SawtoothMasters (SAWS) is an Unincorporated Nonprofit Association registered pursuant to Idaho Statutes Title 30 Chapter 27.  Swimmers are those registered with U S Master’s Swimming and who have self-identified through United States Masters Swimming(USMS)  as being part of SAWS. Members can swim at the facility of their choice.

The mission of SAWS is to represent and promote the interests of its members as they relate to swimming. We are a diverse group of individuals including National Record Holders, triathletes, and recreational swimmers. A friendly competitive atmosphere at all levels encourages personal improvement. Ultimately, you are in charge of your own program, and SAWS will help you succeed.

USMS is a national organization that provides competitions, clinics and workshops, and extensive online information 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. 

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. SAWS in conjunction with the Y offers open water practices, competitions, swim clinics and other events that enhance team cohesiveness and challenge an athlete's status quo.  The West Y Aquatic Center features a beautiful 50-meter pool sanctioned by USMS and USAS.

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 is an incentive to get you in the pool, avoiding skipped workouts. 

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