Pacific Masters Swimming Coaches NewsletterIssue No. 12



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---------------  Upcoming clinic! ---------------  



Like our clinics on Feb 10th in Novato and February 16th in Albany, this continues the series of Pac Masters stroke clinics for 2013. Our newest clinic will be led by Coach Stu Kahn and Coach Kerry O'Brien and will cover the long axis strokes of freestyle and backstroke. 


The clinic will take place in Lodi (San Joaquin County) at the Tokay High School Pool - 1111 West Century Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The clinic starts with two hours in the classroom and then two hours at the pool with swimmers in the water and coaches on deck helping to identify and correct stroke deficiencies. 


The clinic is free to Pac Masters coaches, with a $40 charge for swimmers. All coaches and swimmers must be USMS registered. Coaches for further information and to register, contact Cokie Lepinski at or 415-827-5672. Swimmers should contact Coach John Griffin of Lodi Aquatics for information and registration. You can reach John by email at or by phone at 209-712-4382 . Click the clinic title to see the flyer for this event.


Want to Host A Pac Masters Coaches Clinic?


If you are desirous of hosting a 4-hour stroke clinic in your area, please contact me at We do have a Butterfly-Breaststroke clinic scheduled for Mountain View on May 4th. We will keep you posted on that as details are finalized.




USMS Coaching Certification - Level 3 Course, Saturday, September 28, 2013

Save the date! Pac Masters has arranged for a Level 3 offering in Novato on Saturday, September 28th. Class will run 9a-4pm at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. Participants will also be able to attend a masters workout with the Marin Pirate Masters team from 7-8:30am that morning. More information on the course and complete details will be forthcoming on the USMS website and through Pac Masters website and newsletters. 



Women in Coaching Clinic, Stanford, Saturday, April 13th

Be sure and check out the flyer for this clinic. Looks like a great line up of speakers and activities, including a swim with Stanford Masters that Saturday morning.  Click the title to access the link for the flyer. 




Congratulations Coach Don Swartz, NBA!

Coach Don Swartz, North Bay Aquatics, is being inducted in the ASCA American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  Each year, no more than five coaches from across the nation are chosen for this distinction.  Don is being recognized for his significant contribution to the sport of swimming, the profession, and the community. The induction will take place at the upcoming ASCA World Clinic in New Orleans in September. Way to go Don!!!


ASCA World Conference

This year's clinic (the 45th for ASCA!!) is held in New Orleans, September 3-8. Click here for the link for the conference




Important Insurance Change!

A new workout insurance requirement has been put into effect by the USMS insurance carrier. Effective immediately, for a workout to be covered by USMS insurance, the person supervising the workout must be a USMS member. In the past, a USA Swimming certified coach was allowed to supervise the workouts, even if the USA Swimming certified coach was not a USMS member. This is no longer true; now if the person supervising the workout is a USA Swimming certified coach, he or she must also be a USMS member. Please be sure your coaches are registered. Coaches can register online by credit card at 



USMS Coaches Committee
The USMS Coaches Committee exists to educate and support the coaches of masters teams. We have conference calls each month to help us exchange ideas and work toward our goals. One of which is to improve communication with all our coaches across the U.S. By sharing the minutes of our meeting, we can give you some insights into the projects we are working on and goals we are working toward. Click here for our January Meeting notes. Click here for our February Meeting notes.  



USMS High Performance Camp

The 2013 USMS High Performance Camp dates are Aug 24-29 and will again be held at the beautiful Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC. Applications are now being accepted and close on May 24th. Complete information can be found at the USMS website. We had a terrific group of swimmers from all over the country at last year's camp, and we'd love to see more Pac Masters swimmers at this year's camp. Coaches your help in spreading the word about this terrific camp is appreciated!



Cokie Lepinski
Coaches Chair
Pacific Masters Swimming