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Instructor Certification Adult Learn to Swim

Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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U.S. Masters Swimming is hosting a USMS ALTS instructor certification course on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, May 5

Check-in: 7:30-8 a.m.

Classroom instruction: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Lunch: 12 p.m.*

In-water pool instruction: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

*Lunch will be provided by USMS. Please note that most of the lunches are sandwich-based and do not always include a vegetarian option or recognize dietary restrictions and food allergies. If you have food restrictions, please feel free to bring along something that will accommodate your needs.

Location of classroom and in-water instruction

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport

13869 Park Center Road

Herndon, VA 20171  


Dominic Latella is a lead USMS-certified Adult Learn to Swim instructor. He also teaches U.S. Masters Swimming coach certification classes. He has been appointed twice -- the max amount -- as a coach for USMS High Performance Camp. He also works with wounded servicemen and women, providing swimming rehabilitation and adaptive swimming instruction at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is an adjunct professor of Health and Fitness at American University and is the owner of SwimBox, a swimming-lesson company that utilizes the technology of an Endless Pool to give swimmers of all levels an advantage in learning proper swimming technique. 

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 five water-competency skills:

  • Step or jump into deep water and return to the surface

  • 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

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.


$250 per instructor registration. Your ALTS Certified Instructor designation is active until the end of the calendar year in which it is achieved, and can be renewed by paying a $30 annual fee when updating your USMS membership each year.  USMS provides references and support for active member instructors only.


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.


Please contact your LMSC for scholarship availability. Members of the Potomac Valley LMSC may apply by April 5 for up-to 50 percent reimbursement of course fees upon completion of the course. You must turn in a scholarship application. Request one here.

Online Registration

Online registration only. Registration closes at midnight Pacific time on Saturday, May 4, 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.


The hotel has set aside a block of rooms for our group at the rate of $93 on Friday, May 4. You may call the hotel directly to reserve a room, 1-703-478-2900. This rate applies to reservations made by Thursday, April 4.


Contact Holly Neumann

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 Holly Neumann at

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