Imagine the following seven Masters coaches on deck giving you swimming instruction, motivation and their years of Masters coaching wisdom to improve your pool or open water swimming: Kerry O'Brien (1987 Coach of the Year, head coach Walnut Creek Masters), Kris Houchens (2007 Coach of the Year, head coach IndySwim Fit), Susan Ingraham (2008 Coach of the Year, head coach Masters of South Texas), Whitney Hedgepeth (Olympic Gold Medalist, head coach Longhorn Aquatics Masters), Sara McLarty (Professional Triathlete and Open Water Champion, coach National Triathlon Training Center), Mike Collins (1990 Coach of the Year, head coach NOVA Masters) and Jim Montgomery (2002 Coach of the Year, head coach Dallas Aquatic Masters). Now imagine another 15-Masters coaches on deck all there for you. Well, it's coming: SwimFest '09.
SwimFest '09, presented by U.S. Masters Swimming, is sure to be a fun packed weekend. It is open to any registered USMS member wanting to improve their swimming (meaning, this is not a competitive swim clinic but open to USMS members regardless of your ability). The two-day SwimFest '09 will be hosted at the brand new CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas and home of the Woodlands Masters Swim Team. Saturday's pool session is limited to 100-swimmers. The 50-meter pool will be set up with 20 x 25-yard lanes. Stations covering all four strokes, starts/turns and dryland will be set up as you rotate through with other swimmers and the Masters coaches. Sunday's session is limited to 50-open water/triathletes. The Sunday session will be in the 50-meter pool with no lane lines and also include station rotation. Under water videotaping is included for both days.
Special Invitation for Coaches
Any Masters coach wanting to participate in SwimFest '09 may do so for free. Coaches who attend will be assigned to one of the seven mentor Masters coaches and serve as on deck volunteer coach during the weekend. Friday night will be a special Q&A with the seven Masters mentor coaches. The Masters coaches will cover the business of being a Masters coach and other topics such as coaching open water/triathletes, how to interact with your aquatics director, how to get more lane space and how to find sponsors.
SwimFest '09 Certified by USA Triathlon Coaches Committee
If you are USA Triathlon coach and attend SwimFest, you will receive 7.5 credits towards your USA Triathlon coaching certification.
Conroe Independent School District Natatorium (CISD); home of the Woodlands Masters Swim Team. Shenandoah is about 30-miles north of Houston.
19133 David Memorial Dr.
Shenandoah, TX 77385
Saturday May 23, 2009
8am - 12:30pm - CISD Natatorium for pool clinic
12:30 - 2PM - lunch on your own
2 - 4:30pm - CISD Natatorium for pool clinic
Sunday May 24, 2009
8am - 1PM - CISD Natatorium for open water/triathlete clinic
SwimFest '09 Coaches Scholarships
U.S. Masters Swimming will be awarding a limited number of coach scholarships. If you are a Masters coach and need financial assistance to attend, please contact Mel Goldstein, Director of Club & Coach Services via email or by phone at 317-253-8289.
SwimFest '09 Registration
Thank you for your interest in SwimFest. Online registration has now closed. We'll see you at SwimFest.