CRUZ was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1989 (201c7). Original founders were George and Tillie Cunningham, Scott Patterson, Paul Wrangell, Joel Wilson, Brooke Dick, and Kevin Petite. Our purpose is to provide adult fitness swimming for the city, county, and university communities and to assist local aquatics-related organizations to develop and grow.
To achieve this we provide several workouts per week to help adults reach their fitness goals through swimming in a supportive and fun atmosphere. We compliment these workouts with specialty clinics throughout the year which are designed to improve a swimmer’s stroke technique regardless of whether the swimmer wishes to only swim for exercise or to compete in the many Pool, Open Water meets or Triathalon events.
Our current roster lists 200+ swimmers with 100 of those swimming on a daily basis during the spring and summer seasons, about 75 swimming daily during the fall and winter seasons.
Santa Cruz Masters uses the pools at the University of California, Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley High School. We host at least one open water swim every year: the CRUZ CRUISE, a two mile ocean swim. We also assists with the 1-Mile Roughwater Swim, hosted by the local Surf-Lifesaving Association and the City of Santa Cruz.