U.S. Masters Swimming is revitalizing and expanding the benefits available to open water event directors who sanction through us. Our national audience of 60,000 members and marketing capabilities will help you grow your event, and our insurance policy provides worry-free coverage at a good rate.

Learn more about the benefits we offer below. If there's more we could offer, please let us know.


Nationwide Marketing Reach

U.S. Masters Swimming provides a nationwide marketing reach that will help you grow your race. We'll list your race on our Calendar of Events with a personalized event preview and then promote your race to our 60,000 members in our magazine, emails, and social media channels.

Simplified Registration Procedure

U.S. Masters Swimming will cover per swimmer registration costs for event directors using Club Assistant ($1.50 per swimmer), effectively reducing the cost of USMS sanction to $3.50 per swimmer. We also have streamlined financial reporting and distribution of funds.

Easy Sanctioning Process

Our dedicated open water coordinator will respond to your sanction request within two business days and help you finalize your safety plan application, course map, referee and safety director certifications, and event registration details and provide best practices and additional resources.

Comprehensive Insurance Coverage

Our zero-deductible, general liability policy covers all event participants, volunteers, officials, lifeguards, support boat operators, and more, with $1 million coverage per occurrence and $5 million aggregate per event. We also provide complimentary online referee and safety director training and an expert review of your event's safety plan application.

Straightforward Cost Structure

We have a straightforward structure for the cost of sanctioning through us. Our cost structure is $5 per swimmer, with a minimum sanction fee of just $200 and a maximum sanction fee of $1,000. Swimmers who aren't USMS members will have to pay a $15 one-event fee.