Pacific Masters Swimming Coaches NewsletterIssue No. 21



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-----------  Upcoming clinics! Coaches, please help us spread the word on these! -----------  




Coaches - are you looking for contemporary video and up-to-date information on Free and Back? Come join us and bring some swimmers to this Pacific Masters Free/Back clinic taking place at Civic Center pool in Davis. The clinic runs from 11:00 am-2:30 pm and is lead by Coaches Stu & Mary Kahn from the Davis Aquatic Masters. If you missed Coach Stu's presentation at the Pacific Masters Annual Meeting last November, now's your chance to an see an extended and updated version.


We'll have two one-hour video presentations covering all aspects of both of strokes including drills that will be taught in the pool. We then head to the pool for two 45 minute sessions, where coaches will help swimmers complete all of the drills. We'll need a lot of coach support on deck that day. We'd love to see as many of you as possible. 


Coaches attend free (just need to be a masters coach with a Pacific Masters registered team). Members of Davis Aquatic Masters attend for $25 and all other masters swimmers pay $35 (check or cash, check payable to Davis Aquatic Masters). To register as a coach, contact Stu Kahn at or 530-400-3005 To register as a swimmer, contact Coach Mary Kahn at  Click the clinic title or here to see the flyer for this event.

Hold this date! We've got a Breaststroke clinic offering, which continues the series of Pac Masters stroke clinics we have done in 2014. This will be led by Coach Cokie Lepinski, Symnuts (2011 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year) and Tom Ruedy, San Mateo Masters (2013 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year) and will cover all the intricacies of the most unique stroke.


The clinic will take place in San Mateo (at the San Mateo Athletic Club), site of our recent Pac Masters Long Course Champs, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo. We'll have video presentations on the stroke and turn, and then coaches are on deck while swimmers go through a 2-hour session with breaststroke drills and easy laps. This clinic will be a great way to keep yourself and your swimmers enthused and goal oriented for the winter months that follow. 


The clinic is free to Pacific Masters coaches, with a $35 charge for Pacific Masters swimmers. All coaches and swimmers must be USMS registered. To register for the clinic as a coach, contact Cokie Lepinski at or 415-827-5672. To register for the clinic as a swimmer, contact Coach Tom Reudy at reudyt@smccd.eduClick the clinic title or here to see the flyer for this event. 



USMS Coaching Certification - Levels 1/ 2 Courses, Saturday, October 4, 2014


Pacific Masters and USMS are offering Levels 1 and 2 in Novato on Saturday, October 4. No prerequisites are required to attend this course. Complete information on the clinic and a registration link can be found here or by clicking the above title. 

These classes provide basic, yet comprehensive information for any current full-time, part-time or volunteer coaches. Anyone interested in supporting their existing team and coach, or in starting a Masters Program would benefit from these courses.


USMS Stroke Development and Improvement Clinic for Swimmers, Sunday, October 5 

Coaches - this is an excellent opportunity for your beginning and intermediate swimmers to get stroke feedback from top USMS coaches. Please pass this information on to them. 


USMS and Pacific LMSC are hosting a stroke development and improvement clinic for swimmers of all abilities in Novato on Oct 5.  All four strokes will be evaluated and corrected with the use of drills and coach instruction. Cokie Lepinski, along with mentor coaches Mel Goldstein and Bill Brenner, will be on site to help you improve your technique and teach you drills that will enable you to continue to refine your stroke. Swimmers are not required to swim all strokes and may work on only those strokes they choose.

Complete information on the clinic and a registration link can be found here or by clicking the above title. 



Signature Sets

Coaches - we're looking to start a Pacific Masters workout exchange where coaches can submit their favorite practices, or 'Signature Sets' for all to share. If you have a special set, or two, that you use often with your club, we'd like to see it. It doesn't need to an entire workout, just the main set with a perhaps a cool or fun name that you call it. If you're interested in being a part of this new sharing system, please send your practices to Mary Kahn at


Want to Host A Pac Masters Stroke Clinic?


If you are desirous of hosting a three to four hour stroke clinic in your area, please contact Stu Kahn at, 530-400-305. Not only can it be a great way to enthuse your swimmers, you can also grow your membership and have this be a fund raiser for your team. 




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 recent meeting notes (they start with Coaches Committee...)


Stu and Mary Kahn
Coaches Co-Chairs
Pacific Masters Swimming