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March 19,  2013

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As you may have read in the March issue of StreamLines (the USMS email communication) there are a number of changes affecting the conduct and cost of sanctioned open water swims. I would like to explain what these changes mean for Pacific Masters.


One of the most important benefits we receive as members of USMS is coverage by the organization's insurance policies. One feature of this insurance is personal excess accident coverage at USMS activities. Perhaps more important, USMS provides the liability insurance required by many of the facilities we use for workouts or competitive events. Without the USMS insurance, our ability to conduct organized practices or competitions would be severely curtailed. Last year USMS was notified that its insurance premiums would be increasing dramatically in 2013. The increase was due to a number of claims, the most serious and costly of which were related to open water events.


After researching its options, USMS agreed to an insurance policy that includes an $1,800 charge for each sanctioned open water event. The national organization will subsidize $800 of that amount with the local governing body (Pacific Masters, in our case) being responsible for the remaining $1,000.  USMS has also established a new sanctioning process along with a few other requirements for open water events. An article on provides a more detailed explanation of these changes, "Open Water Events and USMS Sanctions."  


After much consideration and discussion, the Pacific Masters Board decided for the 2013 open water season it would guarantee the local $1,000 surcharge for each event but require the event host to pay $5 per participant back to Pacific Masters. The event host will be permitted to cover its costs by increasing its entry fees for the event by $5. (Note that an open water event typically includes all swims taking place at one location during one weekend.) If you are an open water participant, this means you should expect your fees to increase by $5 per event regardless of the number of swims you actually do at the event. Stated differently, there may be a $5 increase for entry in the event but not a $5 increase per swim.


Pacific Masters open water events have an excellent safety record and we encourage all of our members to try one of these swims. While some open water enthusiasts enjoy the competition or the challenge of cold, murky water, there are many opportunities to swim at your own pace in clear, warm lake water. As a large and successful local Masters' swim organization we are fortunate that we can continue to offer a vibrant open water program.


The national and local leadership struggled with how to confront the increased insurance costs for open water events. We believe open water swimming can be an important part of the Masters' swimming experience. At the same time, we want to shield members from the costs of programs in which they do not participate. I hope we got it right. If you don't agree I encourage you to join with the members of your club to bring the PacMasters' Board your perspective.


Just keep swimming,


Peter Guadagni

Chair, Pacific Masters

USF March Madness
23 March 
The USF Masters will be celebrating the renovation of its long course pool by hosting the USF March Madness Meet. This is the meet for sprinters to test out their 50 and 100's - a place for the sprinters to ply their craft. For distance swimmers, it is a chance to try something new in the fast deep water pool. There is a complete set of new lighting, the natatorium is very bright and the pool has new LEDs, to light the water. 
This is a preentered meet. You must enter by 11:59pm on Thursday 21 March.
It will be the last meet before Championships. [ Registration ]
PacMasters Monthly Meeting 
The March Pacific Masters monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 March at Heather Farm, Walnut Creek. All clubs are encourage to send at least one member to the meeting and all members are invited to attend. The meeting will start at 7:30 with a light buffet starting at 7:00 pm.
16 March 
The results of the Rinconada Spring Meet have been posted on the website. Thanks to Jim Shaw, Carol MacPherson and the Rinconada for organizing the meet. The meet was attended by 200 swimmers who competed in the late morning and afternoon sun.
PacMasters Pool Records
SCM Top Ten 
The current PacMasters Pool Records have been post on our web site. If you have a record, please check to be sure we correctly spelled your name and have the right time.
Thanks to Nancy Ridout, our Records and Tabulations chair who compiles all those records. There are about 1,700 individual records to track.
The 2012 Short Course Top Ten Short Course Meters has also been posted. Congratulation to all those who made a top ten tim.
PacMasters Short Course Yard Championships
5-7 April 
Pacific Masters will again be holding the Short Course Yards Championships at the Soda Aquatic Center, Campolindo High School, Moraga, California, 5-7 April 2013
The three day meet  will be held in the 16 lane 25 yard x 50 Meter outdoor pool. Championships are a pre-entry meet and there are no deck entries. The on-line entry deadline is 11:59 pm Wednesday 27 March. [ Registration ]
Meet Director Chris Stewart has arranged a great deal with the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa. They created a block of rooms, for our  swimmers for $99.00 a night + tax for the Friday and/or Saturday. (They are almost sold out).  All swimmers need to do is phone the hotel's 800 number and let the hotel know they are attending the "Pacific Masters Group Block."  The 800 number (800) 368-2468.
Ultimate Open Water Clinic
13 April 

Learn open water swim secrets!  Training for an open water swim? Pacific will be hosting a long course national championships.  Whether it be a triathlon, charity event, lake, bay or ocean swim, NOW is the time to improve your open water skills!  Learn the latest open water swim techniques with tips for EVERY LEVEL of open water swimmer!
The Ultimate Open Water Clinic will be at Rolling Hills Club in Novato, Saturday 13 April from 8-11am.
Remember this year the One Mile National Championships is being held in Pacific. Scott Williams along with Laureen Welting are featured coaches! [ Registration ]
Freestyle and Backstroke Clinic
Lodi, California 
Pacific Masters clinics are designed to help Masters swim coaches strengthen their coaching skills in identifying and correcting stroke deficiencies through a 2-hour classroom presentation (swimmers included) covering stroke mechanics, swimming drills, tips and techniques. Coaches then head to the deck where the swimmers look to improve their own abilities. 
In the 2-hour pool session, swimmers are led through a series of drills and easy laps, receiving instant feedback from these coaches. This clinic is led by USMS Coaches of the Year   Kerry O'Brien - 1987 (Walnut Creek Masters) and Stu Kahn -2012 (Davis Aquatic Masters). These two coaches are enthusiastic, passionate and know stroke technique inside and out. You definitely want to sign up early for this one! 
The Freestyle and Backstroke Clinic will be held Sunday 21 April at the Lodi Swim Club, Tokay High School Lodi, California
Bay Area Senior Games
Stanford, California 
The Bay Area Senior Games are again being held at Stanford University. Swimming will be on Saturday May 18th. You must register by May 8th.
The Senior Games are somewhat laid back so that if you want to get out of your comfort zone to try something new, there are may events. Bocce is offered. Feats of Strength that include Dynomometer Hand Grip Strength, Standing Long Jump and the Farmers Walk. For those who want to try something different, there is a list of Sport Resources on their web site.