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Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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US Masters Swimming is hosting a USMS ALTS instructor certification beta test course on Saturday, January 17, 2015

Host:Bill Meier
Contact:  Marianne Groenings

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Classroom Instruction: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Pool Instruction:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location of classroom Instruction:
Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Rd.
Great Barrington, Mass 01230
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Instructor: Bill Meier

Bill Meier is the Aquatics Director for Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Head Coach of the PaceMakers Swim Team. As the Chairman of the New England LMSC, he directed the effort that led to the "April is Adult Learn to Swim Month" initiative which included training over 100 volunteers to teach non-swimming adults. Bill has run a successful SwimAmerica program for almost 20 years and has coached age-group, high school, college and Masters programs.  Bill is a USMS Level 3 certified Masters coach. He was the captain of his college team and as an ocean lifeguard on the south shore of Long Island, competed in the Ironman and Ocean Dory races.  

ALTS Prerequisites: You must be a current USMS member to participate in the course and receive USMS certification. You must be able to perform the following 5 water competency skills:

  • Step or jump into the water over your head.
  • Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute.
  • Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.
  • Swim 25 yards to the exit.
  • Exit from the water. If in a pool, you must be able to exit without the use of a ladder.
Certification Process: Upon successful completion of the classroom coursework and the in-water instruction, including all successfully completed tests, each person will be awarded USMS ALTS Certified Instructor certification.

Fees: $100 per registration for this special beta test class.  Normally, the fee for this class is $300 per instructor. Your ALTS instructor certification is valid until December 31, 2015 and can be renewed by paying a $50 annual fee when updating your USMS membership each year.  USMS provides references and support for active member instructors only.

Maximum: Maximum attendance is 50.

Who should attend? Anyone who teaches, or wants to teach, adult swim lessons both publically and privately.  Anyone interested in supporting their community by helping to teach adults to swim.

Scholarships:  Please contact your LMSC for scholarship availability.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Check-In: 8:30am - 9:00 am
Classroom training: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm *
In-water training: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
*Lunch will be provided by USMS

Online Registration:
Online registration only. Registration closes at midnight pacific time on Friday, January 16, 2015 or when the course enrollment reaches 50.

Online Registration is Paid by Credit Card:
Your online registration for this course will be paid by credit card and processed by Club Assistant. Please look for " Events" on your credit card statement.

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Questions: Contact Marianne Groenings

Cancellation Policy

ALTS certification course registrations are non-refundable and non-transferrable to another individual. However, you may transfer your registration to a course at an alternate date and location.  Questions, please email Marianne Groenings at

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