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Guide to starting a new club

Here are suggestions for starting a new club

1. Visit nearby pools, particularly where there is adult or lap swimming, to discern any interest in forming a Masters club.

2. Post notices of the intention to form a Masters swim club in pools, shopping malls, sports facilities, community halls, or other appropriate places.

3. Contact various organizations such as Parks and Recreation, YM/YWCA, university and community colleges, high schools, and community pools to ascertain pool availability and cost.

4. Contact triathlon organizations for prospective members.

5. Advertise in community newspapers. Many radio and television stations will air public service announcements as a free community service.

6. Extol the benefits of Masters Swimming: fitness, fun, friendship and participation.

7. Ask other Masters swim clubs how they got started. Invite some of their members to a meeting. Frequently, a member of the Pacific Masters Swimming Committee would be pleased to address a group to explain the benefits of Masters swimming and how to get started.

8. Form an executive from the interested people contacted and choose a name for the swim club. Decide on membership fees, coach's remuneration, and frequency, starting time and length of workouts. Set some goals: to host a swim meet, publish a club newsletter, or hold social activities. Decide what equipment you will need, e.g. pace clocks, kick boards, pull buoys, hand paddles, stopwatches or lap counters. Major equipment purchases may have to be delayed until sufficient funding is available or a cost-sharing arrangement is worked out with pool management.

9. Register your club and each individual swimmer with Pacific Masters Swimming, your Local Masters Swimming Committee swimming organization. The annual fee is reasonable and includes several benefits including several from your national Masters organization, US Masters Swimming . If you are in Northern California or Northern Nevada contact :

Chris Ottati, Administrator
Pacific Masters Swimming
380 La Vista Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
925-944-4804

For information about US Masters Swimming in other parts of the United States you can call:

Tracy Grilli, Membership Coordinator
US Masters Swimming
655 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34233

Email US Masters Swimming Executive office usms@usms.org

941-256-8767, ext. 317

Fax: 941-556-7946

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