Pacific Update

Week of March 5, 2018   
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In this issue you will find information on upcoming pool events, open water swims, clinics, as well as other information of interest to the local adult swimming community.
The next issue of the Update will appear on March 19. The deadline for submissions scheduled to run in the next Update is March 14.
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Masters Coaches, Our Silent Giant
Of the 138 clubs affiliated with Pacific Masters, there are hundreds of individuals who have declared to USMS their position as swim coaches at their club. Head coaches, assistants, swim teachers, and instructors all play a significant role to enrich our training and development. Yet, really, who are they? And how can we better understand what their specific needs are as they serve our LMSC? Our Club and Coaches Committee think tanks, headed by Stu and Mary Kahn, are looking for answers to these questions. As a first step, please help us identify your coaches here.
USMS Officials Training 
Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 25 

Pacific Masters is proud to announce Officials Clinics at upcoming meets. The first two meets at which the training will be offered are the March 10 meet at Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto, and the March 25 meet at Spieker Pool at the University of California-Berkeley. Eligibility: ANYONE age 18 or over! Membership in USMS is recommended but not required. No USA Swimming officiating background is necessary. Prerequisites: View the training videos and complete the Stroke & Turn test which can be found online at (If you are not already a member of USA Swimming, you WILL need to create a online account but you do NOT need to be a member of USA Swimming to do this.) If you've completed the test but haven't gotten your certification back yet, you can still train pending that. Contact Mike Abegg for any questions and to let him know if you're planning on attending. Please wear a reasonably-plain white shirt, and report to the pool deck at 7:45 (to the starter/referee table) for a short briefing and discussion. IMPORTANT: If you want to also swim at the meet, that will be fine. We will adjust training to give you time "off deck" as needed to allow you to warm up, compete, and cool-down.
Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course Meet 
Saturday, March 10
The Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course Meet will be held at Rinconada Pool, located at Embarcadero and Newell Road in Palo Alto. Swimmers may swim up to 5 individual events. Highlights of the meet will be the 50-yard novice freestyle for swimmers new to competition and a special event of 1650 yard fly.  Registration      
Pacific Masters Meeting 
Wednesday, March 21

Our monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm, following dinner at 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek.  All members are encouraged to attend or to participate via conference call. For further details,  please contact Chris Ottati, Administrator .
Adult Learn-To-Swim Instructor Certification Course
Saturday, March 24 
This class will be held at Hearst Gym and Pool on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Registration is now open. USMS has declared April to be Learn-To-Swim month, so this the perfect time to take the course so you can help out the many people who would like to learn how to swim.  Later in the year, Dec. 2, USMS will again offer this course.
Cal Aquatic Masters Spring Meet
Sunday, March 25
Spieker Pool on the UC Berkeley campus will once again be the place to be on March 25. This ever-popular meet will have a large variety of events and relays. Information and Registration.
Pacific Masters Stroke Improvement Clinic -Freestyle
March 31, noon to 2 pm, Davis

Presented by Pacific Masters Swimming, this clinic, led by VP's of Club and Coach Services Stu and Mary Kahn, offers a one-hour classroom presentation and one hour of in-water demonstration and instruction. The clinic is specifically designed for intermediate and advanced freestyle swimmers. Swimmers will leave the clinic with a personalized assessment and suggestions for stroke corrections. Registration. 
PacMasters Short Course Championships
Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 6-8

It's almost time for the year's biggest meet! Sponsored by Walnut Creek Masters, the PacMasters SCY Championships will once again be held at the Soda Aquatic Center in Moraga. Registration is now open; see you there!  Information and  registration .
2018 USMS Convention
September 26-30, Jacksonville, FL
The 2018 annual USMS convention (part of the USAS convention) will be held in Jacksonville, FL from September 26 to September 30 this year. Our Pacific LMSC is always well represented with a large delegation. If you are a registered member of Pacific Masters Swimming and are interested in being a delegate or learning more, please contact Chris Ottati, Administrator .
Disclaimer: Receipt of this correspondence is not an indication that your membership in USMS or Pacific Masters Swimming is current. To check if your membership is current, please follow [this link ].