Webinars Archive

Have you heard about USRPT (Ultra Short Race Pace Training)? Do you want to know how to train race pace? World Record holder Glen Gruber will discuss race pace training and help you understand what it isn’t. Glen set a FINA World Record in the 400 SCM at Oregon City in 2014.

Glen Gruber began swimming as a high school freshman with no prior age group swimming experience. He also swam at Trenton State College for three years and competed on the men’s gymnastics team. In 1979 he started U. S. Masters Swimming and 20 years later began “serious training” at the age of 50. Glen is a USMS National Champion, FINA World Champion, and World Record holder in the 400 SCM Freestyle. His success is not limited to the 400 Freestyle, he has found success in 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, and 100 Fly.

Glen started training exclusively with USRPT, on his own, and is now an expert on race pace training. Discussion will include the basics of USRPT, why it’s good to fail, workouts, and keeping track of USRPT training data.

Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 PM Click on the link below to view the webinar: https://zoom.us/rec/play/Fwl_cANKtSSLxrHX8FOoIJi-XGh5Vg_4u9A_peEqzFiITVAGfNPx-z-nCIfVl4DzamSPKsOf2sm886Ex.AMnO9mYpQr4bwWQX?continueMode=true

Passcode: eyw5%d.3

Are you feeling the aches and pains of getting older? Maybe it’s time to change your diet. Dr. Kirstin Lauritzen specializes in preventing nutrient deficiencies and promoting a healthy body.

She is a USMS member of the Oregon City Tankers and swims on a regular basis.


Dr. Kirstin Lauritzen is a Functional Medicine Practitioner in Oregon. Her doctorate is in Chiropractic and she holds a Master’s in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Dr K specializes in working with athletes to prevent nutrient deficiencies so that they can optimize their performance, longevity in their sport, reduce risk of injury and promote a healthy body!

Dr K encourages her athletes and patients to understand how each system functions both individually and together. She stresses that we need to look for the cause behind symptoms, unhelpful thoughts, or routines that don’t serve us because then we find the why and that’s where new habits and change really begins.

Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 6:00-7:15 PM Click on the link below to view the webinar: https://zoom.us/rec/share/5GAti-udGMqN4QeNIcDZelj51RltUXB8i4YEdjlCHBfRA02NUIAG1fs39Rs-HlPR.8Umb1A3aoS51kiCK

Passcode: 70^AxXCW


During the months of February and March 2021, we held a series on Natural Water Swimming. You can use the links below to see the recorded webinars.

Barbara Hoiland began the series by discussing how to get started swimming in open water, making the transition from pool fitness swimming to open water, and swimming just for the fun of it. She loves the water, but comes from a “hydrophobic” family, and didn’t learn to swim until she was an adult. She founded The Merfolk in 2017 to gather a group of open water enthusiasts who love to swim together in lakes and rivers. They now swim regularly in the Willamette River in downtown Portland, with her husband and two adult children often providing paddle support. Learn about what it takes to prepare for cold water swimming, how to stay safe, and make the best of your swimming experience.

OMS Natural Water Swimming Webinar #1 Presentation                Passcode: 7ZVtQik!


Willie Levenson is the Ringleader of the not-for-profit organization Human Access Project (HAP). HAP’s mission is Transforming Portland’s Relationship with the Willamette River. The American Association of Landscape Architects–Oregon awarded Willie with the Tom McCall Award in 2018 siting “Levenson has reshaped and redefined Portland’s relationship with the Willamette River.” Willie will talk about HAP’s work opening public beaches and docks and their programs The Big Float and River Hugger Swim.

OMS Natural Water Swimming Webinar #2 Presentation                Passcode: eZX57y^t


Cindy Werhane leads a small but dedicated group of cold water “winter swimmers” who swim on a regular basis in the Willamette River near Sellwood, the start of the Portland Bridge Swim. She will talk about swimmers and their supporters who dare to venture into the cooler months. She will also talk about the power of the small pods (how safety is not always found in large numbers), which she compares to your relationships with your regular lane mates. If you are a newbie to cold water swimming, Cindy has many years of cold-water swim training & and has traveled widely pursuing open water racing & participation opportunities.

OMS Natural Water Swimming Webinar #3 Presentation                Passcode: R&63nm+E


Marisa Frieder, Director of the Portland Bridge Swim, discussed training in the open water for racing. A devoted breaststroker who loves to sprint, she completed a pioneering 11-mile swim in the Willamette River in 2010. Relying on her research-scientist organizing skills and her innate talent for worrying, she founded the Portland Bridge Swim in 2011. She and her brilliant event team developed a robust safety plan that has been tested through lightning, algal blooms, large freighters, and the pandemic. The Portland Bridge Swim has introduced over 800 swimmers to the Willamette and served as the USMS Ultramarathon-Distance National Championship in 2018 and 2019. She loves watching people challenge themselves and still tears up as they emerge from the water at the finish.

OMS Natural Water Swimming Webinar #4 Presentation                Passcode: q5sB.ii+