Pacific Update

Week of March 16, 2020  
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In this issue you will find information on upcoming pool events and other information of interest to the local adult swimming community.
The next issue of the Update will appear on March 30, 2020The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 
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The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
COVID-19 and Meet Cancellations

The coronavirus outbreak continues to present daunting challenges to athletic events. On March 13, U.S. Masters Swimming announced that the 2020 Spring National Championship was cancelled and recommended that all LMSCs (such as Pacific Masters Swimming) suspend their events through April 30. 

In view of this recommendation and similar concern expressed by Governor Newsom, our remaining short course yards events have been cancelled. We are disappointed and know that those of you who have been training for and excited about these events must be disappointed, too. However, we have taken these actions to ensure the health and safety of our communities.  

Pacific Masters Swimming continues to closely monitor the outbreak and our policies will follow the recommendations and guidelines of the various local public departments in which our swim meets are conducted, as well as USMS.  Changes to the event calendar will be published as soon as they are received. 

The following PacMasters meets are cancelled: CAL Aquatics Masters Spring Meet; Pacific Masters SCY Championships. 
Coach's Eye Clinics for New Masters Coaches
March 28-June 27
Masters coaches who are interested in developing skills in teaching swim technique and are certified (or not) in Levels 1 or 2 are encouraged to attend the following Coach's Eye Clinics.  These clinics are for you if you have fewer than three years experience as a Masters coach.  Additionally, these clinics are designed for individuals registered with USMS who are considering becoming a Masters swim coach. The cost is $20 per session.
Following each session, there will be a discussion and time for questions and answers. All sessions are on Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Albany Aquatic Center outdoor pool in Albany, CA.  
March 28 - Breaststroke
May 9 - Open Water
June 13 - Backstroke
June 27 - Individual Medley Turns
Each session is limited to six coaches on a first-come first-served basis.  Contact Carol Nip, Clubs & Coaches Chair, to reserve your spot.
Swim Clinics in the East Bay
March 28-June 27
Beginner-to-Intermediate Masters swimmers who need help with certain aspects of technique may attend any of the clinics listed below. Each session is limited to twelve swimmers.  Cost is $30 per clinic, and will be held  Saturday mornings, 9:00-11:00 am at the Albany Aquatic Center  in Albany, CA.

March 28 - Breaststroke

May 9 - Open Water

June 13 - Backstroke

June 27 - Individual Medley Turns


These clinics are offered by Pacific Masters Swimming to their members who live in the East Bay.  Living in the East Bay, however, is not required for participation.  Registration.
38th DAM Lake Berryessa Swim
Saturday June 6, 2020

Davis Aquatic Masters will again host 1-mile and 2-mile open water races at the Steele Canyon Campground at Lake Berryessa. Join hundreds of other USMS swimmers at one the longest running open water events in America. Why not stay after the swim to party/picnic at the lake? Information and registration.
June 28 Oakland Estuary OW Swim Cancelled

Temescal Aquatic Masters regrets to announce that its Oakland Estuary open water swim, originally scheduled for June 28, has been cancelled. They hope to reschedule the event for 2021, so stay tuned! 
PacMasters Job Opening: Webmaster

Pacific Masters Swimming Committee (also known as PacMasters) is looking to hire a new Webmaster.  The job is part time, approximately ten hours a month. The pay will be based on experience. Special projects will be paid on a per hour basis. For more information on this position and/or to submit a resume for consideration, please contact Phyllis Quinn.
Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting
March 18
Our next Board meeting is a conference-call-only format (no in-person option) and will take place on March 18 at 7:00 pm. All members are encouraged to participate. For details about how to call in, please contact Chris Ottati, Administrator.
2020 USMS Convention 
September 24-27, Jacksonville, FL

If you are interested in serving as a Pacific Masters delegate at the USMS Convention in Jacksonville, FL from September 24 to September 27, 2020, NOW is the time to ask questions or express interest. Contact Chris Ottati, Administrator by April 1. We want to finalize our delegate list by May 1. 
Temescal Aquatic Masters Seeking Head Coach 

Temescal Aquatic Masters in Oakland is seeking candidates for its Head Coach
position. A key leader of our team, the Head Coach should be an experienced
coach and swimmer who motivates coaches and swimmers through effective
communication and reinforcement. For a complete job description and/or to submit a resume, please contact with the subject line: Head Coach position resume.