San Francisco Tsunami Aquatics is a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight-friendly masters-level club with both swim and synchronized swimming teams. From our groundbreaking debut in 1986, Tsunami has grown to be a club with 15 coaches and more than 100 members from the broader Bay Area community. We are proud to say that many of the team’s founding members are still swimming today!
The team caters to swimmers of all levels, from highly competitive athletes to those seeking a social-oriented fitness swimming experience, and we welcome brand-new beginners! Through stroke clinics and individualized attention from our coaches, each swimmer can achieve his/her personal objectives with SF Tsunami.
SF Tsunami is a member of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Organization (IGLA). IGLA’s purpose is to promote participation in aquatic sports by lesbian women, gay men, and friends of our community.
Tsunami has always been more than just a swim team; it is a thriving community of caring, supportive individuals that are active in the community. Since 1998, Tsunami swimmers have raised more than $56,000 for organizations combating hate and violence, supporting people living with AIDS/HIV, and fighting breast cancer. Among the organizations the team has supported are Shanti, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Project Open Hand, Bay Area Young Positives, UCSF AIDS Health Project, and Positive Resource.
At the 2005 Pacific Masters Swimming Championships, Tsunami was recognized for its efforts following the devastating in Southeast Asia tsunami in December 2004. There was an audible gasp by the crowd when it was announced that Tsunami had raised more than $20,000 for disaster relief efforts through a city-wide swim-a-thon. The recognition underscored our dual commitment to excellence in the pool and service to our community.