Chair’s Corner – October 2022

Greetings fellow swimmers,

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing summer.  There is nothing like hanging out in a nice cool pool or swimming in natural water somewhere nice.  As we move into Fall, Oregon Masters has some exciting events to announce.

OMS Board members will be attending the 2022 U. S. Masters Swimming Annual Meeting September 16-18, in Denver, Colorado.  We are excited to announce our new Delegate, Arlene Delmage, who will be joining Bob Bruce-Long Distance Committee, Christina Fox-Rules Committee, Sandi Rousseau-Championship Committee, and Tim Waud-Coaches Committee.

The U. S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee and National Office will be hosting the 2022 National Coaches Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 7-9, 2022.  The Clinic will be held at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel and the University of Las Vegas Natatorium.  Guest speakers include Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas, Cyndi Gallagher, Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines, and Dean Hutchinson.

The OMS Board will be having our annual Retreat on Sunday, October 23.  Committee Chairs will come together to discuss upcoming events, the 2023 budget, and election of Officers.  If you are interested in serving on the OMS Board, please contact Tim Waud-OMS Chair:

Oregon Masters Swimming is excited to announce several upcoming events to serve our membership. Columbia Gorge Masters will be hosting a one-day short course meters competition on Saturday, November 12, at the Hood River Aquatic Center in Hood River, and Central Oregon Masters Aquatics will be hosting their annual short course meter Brute Squad event on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

The Oregon Club has two new representatives for the 2022-2023 swim season.  Dr. Scot Sullivan and Dr. Tom Phipps will be joining Dr. Pat Allender as the Oregon Club Board of Directors.  Many thanks to Nancy Vincent and Toni Hecksel who will be stepping down as Oregon Club representatives and thank you to Scot and Tom for volunteering to represent the Oregon Club at USMS National Championships.

Sadly, our Aqua Master Editor, Alice Zabudsky, will be retiring from the OMS Newsletter at the end of this year.  Alice became the newsletter editor in 2009 and has worked tirelessly to keep us all informed on the latest results, swimmer stories, featured articles, editorials, and much, much more.  Thank you, Alice for your commitment to Masters swimming.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.  Bonnie Edwards has agreed to become our new Editor after a smooth transition with Alice.  Thank you, Bonnie.

Save the Date(s):

Oregon Masters Swimming Association Championship-May 19-21, 2023, Bend, Oregon.

Central Oregon Masters Aquatics will be hosting our annual OMS Short Course Yard Championship May 19-21, 2023, in Bend, Oregon.  This two-and-a-half-day event will also feature our Annual OMS Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.  Come join us in Bend for this fun event, with a great host.

Oregon SwimCation II-This event features three U. S. Masters Swimming Open Water National Championships beginning with the Ultra-marathon 17K Portland Bridge Swim on July 9, the Two-mile Cable Swim at Foster Lake on July 13, and the Marathon 10K Applegate Lake Swim on July 15, 2023.


Coaches Level 3, Clinic Course for Coaches, Stroke Development Clinic, and Adult Learn-to-Swim


Oregon Masters Swimming will be hosting several educational clinics in Hood River, Oregon the weekend of October 29-30, 2022.  United States Masters Swimming Level 3 Coach Certification, Clinic Course for Coaches, Stroke Development Clinic, and Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification Courses will be available.  Oregon Masters coaches and athletes are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to be certified as a Level 3 Coach or an Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor or participate in a Stroke Development Clinic.  Scholarships are available for current Oregon Masters Swimming members and coaches.

USMS Level 3 Master Coach Certification

U.S. Masters Swimming is hosting a USMS Level 3 Masters coach certification course on Saturday, October 29, 2022, in Hood River, Oregon.  You must have completed Levels 1 & 2 of the USMS Masters coach certification program and be a current USMS Member to participate in the course.

Saturday, October 29

Check-in:  11:00-11:30 AM

Classroom:  11:30 AM-3:00 PM


Clinic Course for Coaches

The USMS Clinic Course for Coaches, offered by USMS Club and Coach Services, instructs the Masters coach or adult learn-to-swim instructor how to conceptualize, organize and deliver a stroke development clinic (SDC).  The course consists of both a classroom and an on-deck component.  The registration for the clinic course is limited to 12 coaches per class.  More information about the USMS “How-to” Clinic Course for Coaches, including the course outline, can be found on the USMS website.

Saturday, October 29

Check-in:  3:15-3:30 PM

Classroom:  3:30-5:30 PM


Stroke Development Clinic

USMS is sponsoring a USMS stroke development and improvement clinic for swimmers of all abilities.  All four strokes will be evaluated and corrected with the use of drills and coach instruction.  Bill Brenner and local Masters coaches will be on hand 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.  All swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 200 yards comfortably.

Sunday, October 30

Check-in:  7:30-8:00 AM

Clinic:  8:00 AM-12:30 PM


ALTS Certification

More than a third of adults in the United States can’t swim the length of a pool, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in this country.  U.S. Masters Swimming’s Adult Learn-to-Swim initiative is on the front lines to change this statistic.  With education, outreach, and financial support, USMS is making more adults safer around water.

USMS’s Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor Certification Program trains and educates swim instructors in the methods and techniques that work best for adult learners.

Sunday, October 30

Check-in: 7:30-8:00 AM

Classroom:  8:00-3:30 PM


Have a great Fall and we hope to see you on a pool deck soon.


Tim Waud/OMS Chair

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