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Education Director Bill Brenner answers your questions

  1. Hosting a registered swim program with USMS

    by , December 6th, 2016 at 09:02 AM (Questions from Coaches)
    Q: Why should my aquatics facility host a registered swim program with USMS?

    A: U.S. Masters Swimming values partnerships with aquatics facilities, programs, and the swim coaches who are bringing the sport and joy of swimming to adults across America. Together we encourage adults—diverse in age, background, and ability—to swim for health, wellness, fitness, and, optionally, competition.

    Together, we service our missions in an effort to make aquatics available as a meaningful, valuable, and fun experience for our customers, members, stakeholders, and communities. Swimming is a lifesaving skill that lasts a lifetime. Together, we can inspire adults to swim and live a safer, happier, and healthier lifestyle.

    Hosting USMS Masters Swimming and USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Programs brings exciting adult aquatic activities to your facility and will enhance current programming. Professionally trained and certified USMS coaches and instructors provide the passion, leadership, and technical skills needed for a successful campaign. They have the knowledge to work with a diverse cross section of adults across all ability levels. They understand the adult learner and how to motivate, encourage, and bring fun to the sport and skill of swimming.

    The first step to developing a successful program is to register a club with USMS. Once you’re registered, you’ll begin receiving all the benefits of membership from our organization. These benefits include:

    • Your program and aquatics facility listed in the searchable database on usms.org—swimmers looking for pools, Masters programs, and adult swim lesson providers use this site to locate valuable information about aquatics facilities and programs.
    • Expert advice from the USMS professional staff. The Club and Coach Services staff provides phone, email, and on-site support at no additional charge. CCS provides marketing materials and club development guides and resources to help foster successful programs with our partners. CCS will help recruit, train, and certify your Masters coach through the USMS Masters Coach Certification Program.

    The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Program staff will help you launch or enhance your swimming lesson program for adults. The USMS ALTS certification course teaches adults the skills needed to teach other adults how to swim and become safer in and around the water. This adult-specific training will enhance any certified swimming lesson program your instructors currently teach.

    • Access to post job listings and recruit coaches and swim instructors

    These and many more benefits are part of the commitment USMS makes to ensure that our program partners have the resources necessary to establish, develop, grow, and maintain vibrant Masters Swimming programming.

    Please contact any staff member at the USMS National Office for help. Together, we can share our love of the water with others.

    Updated April 12th, 2017 at 10:11 AM by Bill Brenner

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  2. Q: Does USMS have a Level 4 coach certification class?

    by , April 15th, 2014 at 01:00 AM (Questions from Coaches)
    Q: Does USMS have a Level 4 Masters coach certification class?

    A: The USMS Coaches Committee has developed criteria for awarding Masters coaches a "USMS Level 4 Certified Masters Coach" designation. This designation will not be earned by taking a class, but by fulfilling a list of requirements that reflect the values of U. S. Masters Swimming in the areas of:

    • Contribution
    • Achievement
    • Growth & Retention
    • Leadership
    • Education

    The prerequisites for applying for Level 4 certification are:

    • Must be a USMS Level 3 Certified Masters Coach
    • Must have at least five years of Masters coaching experience
    • Must hold current certification for: CPR, First Aid, AED, and Water Safety for Swim Coaches (or a Lifeguard Certificate)
    • Must earn a minimum of 650 total points from the categories listed in the application for certification

    Coaches interested in applying for the Level 4 certification must register online and submit their completed application between July 1 and July 15, 2014. The registration fee is $50 ($40 for USMS recognized coaches). Online registration and application submission will only be open during this time period. Registration links will be posted on the usms.org website and in future editions of STREAMLINES for Coaches.

    A review panel selected by the USMS Coaches Committee will review each application and notify applicants of the status of their application by August 1, 2014. If deficiencies exist, applicants may correct these deficiencies by August 15, 2014. Coaches receiving the USMS Level 4 certified Masters coach designation will be recognized at the U.S. Aquatic Sports convention this September in Jacksonville, Fla.

    If the applicant cannot correct the deficiencies by the deadline, the applicant can resubmit his or her application (at no additional fee) during the next submission period scheduled in the spring of 2015.

    Updated June 25th, 2014 at 01:27 PM by Bill Brenner

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  3. Masters Coach Certification

    by , January 15th, 2013 at 01:00 AM (Questions from Coaches)
    Q: I'm an ASCA Level 2 age group coach who is interested in coaching a new Masters program at my pool. Can I take the Level 3 USMS Masters coach certification course to become a certified Masters coach?

    A: Since you're not a Level 2 Masters coach, you're not eligible to take the Level 3 Masters course. If you're new to coaching adults, taking Levels 1 and 2 of the USMS Masters coach certification program will provide you with a good foundation for coaching Masters swimming.

    The prerequisites to become a Level 3 certified Masters coach are:

    • Must be a current member of USMS
    • A certified Level 2 Masters coach
    • A minimum of two years coaching Masters swimming
    • Complete the coursework and submit the proper documents for review

    The USMS Masters coach certification program teaches coaches how to work with adult athletes swimming for fitness and pool and open water competition.

    • Level 1 coursework helps both the new and seasoned Masters coach improve coaching skills. In addition, it provides a thorough overview of the USMS structure, the benefits of membership, and how to build a successful Masters program.
    • Level 2 coursework teaches stroke, turn and start construction and correction.
    • Level 3 is our administration course for coaches interested in a more advanced look at the business of Masters swimming.

    Visit the usms.org website to find the dates and locations of our certification courses. http://www.usms.org/content/coachcertsched

    Updated July 14th, 2014 at 10:03 AM by Bill Brenner

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