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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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U.S. Masters Swimming is hosting a USMS ALTS instructor certification course on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Host: U.S. Masters Swimming
Contact:  Marianne Groenings

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Check-In: 8:30-9:00 am
Classroom instruction: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Lunch: 1:00- 2:00pm *
In-water pool instruction: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
*Lunch will be provided by USMS

Location of classsroom instruction:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver-Thornton
83 East 120th Avenue,
Thornton CO. 80233
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Location of pool instruction:
Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center
5310 E 136th Ave
Thornton, CO 80241
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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 ALTS Instructor 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: $300 per instructor registration. 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 25.

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

Scholarships:  COMSA is offering a A $100 scholarship to the first 10 COMSA members who sign up for this class.  The scholarship will be reimbursed upon completing the course and passing the test and will be sent post event.

Online Registration:
Online registration only. Registration closes at midnight pacific time on Monday, March 16, 2015 or when the course enrollment reaches 25.

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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