The USMS coach mentorship program brings together Masters coaches requesting assistance in the development of their Masters coaching career with experienced Masters coaches willing to serve as a mentor coach.

Masters coaches provide leadership services at the club level to grow and retain members. They lead their programs on and off the pool deck and provide the cohesive bond that successful Masters programs need to flourish. Many Masters coaches are new to the Masters coaching ranks and are asked to lead Masters programs with little or no Masters coaching experience. USMS provides classroom and on-deck educational opportunities for coaches as well as email, phone and on-site support. The USMS mentorship program will provide in-depth, on-site, practical experience to the mentee coach, for the purpose of advancing their coaching capabilities, facilitating the growth of their membership and providing more enhanced benefits to the members swimming in the programs.

If you are interested in becoming a USMS mentor or mentee coach, you must meet the following criteria: 

Mentor Coach Criteria

  • 5 years minimum USMS coaching experience
  • USMS certified Masters coach - level 3 or higher
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Expertise in the following areas:
    • Building and maintaining membership of a Masters program
    • Hosting swim meets, clinics or open water events
    • Working with triathletes or open water swimmers
    • Coaching competitive swimmers
    • Creating workouts for athletes of varying ability levels
    • Budgeting 
  • Completed Mentor Coach application including references

Mentee Coach Criteria

  • Current membership with USMS
  • Program and coach are in good standing with USMS
  • 1-year minimum USMS coaching experience
  • Currently coaching a USMS registered club or workout group
  • USMS certified Masters coach level 2 or higher
  • Completed Mentee Coach application including references

Financial assistance available for qualified coaches – for more information, please contact clubandcoach@usmatersswimming.org