Thank you for being a member of U.S. Masters Swimming, for being part of our nationwide community, and for your support of our organization in this unprecedented time. Your health and wellness is our primary concern as we go through the COVID-19 pandemic.
As has been painfully made clear over the past several weeks, this isn’t a typical spring. We’re not preparing for an exciting season of local meets leading up to Spring Nationals, celebrating our 50th anniversary together, or anxiously awaiting the start of open water season.
However, we’re still actively providing valuable information and interaction with you. Here are a few of the things we’re doing at this time.
Many of our members have asked if there’s anything they can do to help. While we work on plans to support USMS clubs, coaches, and events so they may return to normal operations quickly when appropriate, the best support you can provide is to continue staying engaged with your club to help with any needs that may already be identified or will come up in the future.
Your club may need a volunteer to organize or present live dryland training workouts, coordinate social video chats, or work with aquatics facility staff to get back up and running as soon as appropriate. If you can, continuing to pay your club dues during this hiatus will provide much-needed financial support so your club can resume workouts quickly when possible.
Please also be patient with and support our coaches and event directors during these tough times. They were there to provide invaluable experiences for all of us in the past and will do so again.
We are swimmers. We are resilient. And we will be there for each other.
Check in with your Masters Swimming community, whether they’re your lanemates or swim at a different time, to help them get through this. A simple call or message can make a huge impact.