University of Hawai’i Masters Swim Club is a training group for adults interested in improving their swimming speed, endurance, and technique in a fun, positive, athlete-centered environment.
We are dedicated to helping swimmers of all ability levels improve their swimming skills. We do interval training and stroke technique drills to help accelerate your swim training for triathlons, open water swims, fitness, and everything in between. Each workout is divided into training groups for specialized workouts that will take you to the next level.
The Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex (DKAC) serves as the home for the University of Hawai‘i’s swimming and diving, women’s water polo, and UH Masters swimming teams. The facility, located on the University’s lower campus, includes a 50-meter training pool and a separate 25-yard competition and diving pool. The long course pool is four feet at both ends, seven feet in the middle, and an average depth of six feet.
The DKAC also features newly renovated locker rooms and showers for both the men's and women's swimming & diving teams and women's water polo squad. The improvements, which also included a new conference room, were completed in the summer of 2011.
The competition pool doubles as the diving facility, which has two one-meter and three-meter springboards. The diving/competition pool features three platform towers at heights of five, seven-and-a-half, and 10-meters. It also houses a hot tub and an underwater viewing room where the swimmers are videotaped, enabling the coaching staff to analyze each swimmer’s stroke mechanics. This is one of the fastest pools in the USA at a depth of 17 feet.
The DKAC was constructed in stages with the pool opening in 1978. Other facets of the complex were added later, with construction culminating in 1986. In the summer of 2001, major renovations were made to the diving facilities. Concrete bases were created for the springboards and new platform surfaces and stairs were added. These improvements along with a new warm-up area, provide the UH divers an excellent facility for training and competition. New 6-inch short course lane lines and a top-of-the-line Paragon starting blocks have made swimming at the “Duke” better and faster than ever.
The pool stands as a namesake to Hawai‘i’s most legendary swimmer and surfer, Duke Kahanamoku. “The Duke” was the first famous Waikiki beach boy. His passion for water sports included surfing, swimming and canoeing, taking him to the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. Kahanamoku shocked the world when he broke the 100-yard freestyle event and received his gold medal by an impressed Swede King Gustaf.
At age 34, Duke brought home a silver medal in the 100-meter at the 1924 Olympiad in Paris. He attended the Olympics again in 1932 at the age of 42 with the U.S. water polo team. His death on Jan. 22, 1968, left Hawai‘i missing a hero.