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APRIL 2015

April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month and we're looking forward to a great month of lessons and learning all across the country. Read on for more about this exciting initiative, now in its second year.

Swimming for Life,
Your Friends at U.S. Masters Swimming
April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month
Olympian Misty Hyman dives in to help us spread the word!
ALTS 2015

Divining the Water
Tselane Gardner finds joy in the water and teaching others

Tselane Gardner, 48, of Rose Bowl Masters, didn't grow up a swimmer. Rather, she had a few, limited interactions with a neighbor's pool in the summers. "I didn't really know how to swim, so I'd just play around in the shallow end and have fun," she recalls.


But that all changed in 2004 when the then 37-year-old University of California, Irvine student decided she needed to learn how to swim before she graduated.


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Leverage Your Legs
Coach Terry "Speed" Heggy on saving the legs in triathlons
Triathlon legs
Experienced runners and cyclists have strong legs and excellent lower-body endurance. Therefore, it's only natural to assume that your legs will provide an advantage in swimming. It makes sense to apply most of your energy toward a powerful kick when you race in the water. Doesn't it?

Well... no. I'm afraid it's exactly the opposite. Allocating the majority of your energy to the legs is probably going to have a negative impact on your triathlon results. 

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What is Your Club Doing for ALTS Month?
There are a variety of ways to help
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A big thank you to everyone helping us spread the message and the multitude of USMS members who are volunteering at local learn-to-swim programs around the country. Without you, we wouldn't be able to bring the important issue of adult drowning to light--while doing something very constructive about it.

If you want to get involved, it's easy! Start by finding out if your swimming facility offers adult learn-to-swim lessons. If it doesn't, ask the manager to consider adding lessons. If your facility does offer lessons, make sure that information is listed alongside your Masters program entry in the Places to Swim database. 

If you'd like to establish and run a learn-to-swim program, you can apply for  $5,000 grant from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to get that program off the ground. Applications for grants are due by July 24

Perhaps the easiest way to help is by donating to the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, which you can do anytime online. SSLF is a donor-funded charitable organization, and 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to provide swimming lessons for adults around the country.

Open Water Nationals Are Coming!
Get your open water on
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Open water season will be upon us quickly, and registration is now open for the USMS Open Water National Championship series
We hope to see you at some or all (!) of the great events listed below:
  • June 13: 1-Mile National Championship, Lake Del Valle, Calif. - Register Online
  • June 14: 6-9-Mile National Championship (10K) Lake Del Valle, Calif. - Register Online
  • June 20: 9+ Mile National Championship (9.3 miles) Morse Reservoir, Noblesville, Ind. - Register Online 
  • June 27:  2-Mile Cable National Championship, Foster Lake, Sweet Home, Ore. - Register Online
  • Aug. 29: 1-3-Mile National Championship, (1.55 miles) Lake George, N.Y. - Register Online
  • Sept. 12: 3-6 Mile National Championship, Lake Michigan, Chicago, Ill. - SOLD OUT
High Performance Camp
Apply today for limited seats in this high-level camp
High Performance Camp, We've Got Spirit
The 2015 High Performance Camp is now accepting applications! Scheduled for August 22-27 in Greensboro, N.C., the camp is limited to a small number of dedicated Masters swimmers who are committed to advancing their skills and performance. You'll be taught and analyzed by outstanding USMS coaches and professionals in the fields of sports psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, technique, and resistance and flexibility training. Additional information and application available online.
Updates to Open Water GTO
Guide to Operations changes for 2015
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The Open Water Committee has announced updates to the Open Water Guide to Operations for 2015. Updates include an explanation of major changes for 2015 plus updated sanction guidelines, safety guidelines, safety plan application, and all checklists. The safety plan application and checklists are published separately and are now interactive. Please direct questions to the Open Water Committee or Open Water Compliance task force.
This Aquatic Life
Misty Hyman and volunteer leaders meet in Phoenix
Misty Hyman LMSC Summit
USMS volunteer leaders recently met in Phoenix to network and share best practices as part of the first LMSC Leadership Summit. There, Olympic gold medalist, USMS member, and #ALTS ambassador Misty Hyman kicked off the weekend with an inspirational presentation to this passionate group who are dedicated to delivering the best membership experience possible. Many thanks to all who give their time and expertise to make USMS great. Hug your local volunteer today! 

Seen on Our Facebook Page
A recent news story highlighted the success the Pen Bay Y in Rockport, Maine, is having in putting their $5,000 Swimming Saves Lives grant to good use. The community response has been so great that the Y is actively looking to add new instructors and has a waiting list for people looking to learn to swim. Drew Michaud said, "Go Maine Swimming!" and we concur. See what else they said and join the conversation
About U.S. Masters Swimming
U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes health, wellness, fitness, and competition for adults through swimming. It does so by partnering with more than 1,500 adult swim programs across the country; promoting information via the bimonthly member magazine, SWIMMER, monthly e-newsletters, STREAMLINES, and website, usms.org; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water, and virtual events and competitions. Nearly 60,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.
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Speedo-USMS 5K/10K ePostal National Championship
The annual event gets underway on May 15

The 5K and 10K ePostal season is coming up fast! Want a taste of national level competition without leaving the comfort of your home pool? Then these two ePostal swims are for you! Hosted this year by Central Oregon Masters, the 5K and 10K ePostals must be swum between May 15 and September 15 in any 50-meter pool. See how fast you can swim these two long distances and find out how you stack up to other swimmers in your age group across the country. You can submit your swims beginning on May 15. All swims must be completed by September 15 and submitted online by September 25 to be eligible for competition.


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Challenge Yourself
Check out the Check-Off Challenge this year
The 2015 Check-Off Challenge hosted by Tennessee Aquatics Masters is designed to motivate swimmers by encouraging them to swim 18 events in a pool and complete one open water swim during the calendar year. Whether you're swimming an event for the first time or striving to achieve a personal best, this is a fun challenge for swimmers of all ability levels. The events may be swum in practice or in meets, in yards or meters, at any time during 2015. Join the fun!

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