Here are some commonly asked questions about our new Fitness Series. Check back here for updates as each series is released.

Coach FAQs

How can I sign up my club to host a Fitness Series event?
Sign up your club through this Google Form. Clubs that provide details about their plans will be promoted on the Fitness Series pages at usms.org.
Can my swimmers wear equipment during the swim?
Yes, they can wear any equipment they want during the Fitness Series swims. The goal is to get people motivated to train for and complete the challenge with their teammates. For the Winter Fitness Challenge, coaches are encouraged to get creative for their swimmers who might be intimidated by a 30-minute swim. The focus is on achieving the goal, rather than competing for the best time or most distance—there are no competitive rules.
How can I make this a fun event and get all my swimmers excited?
The Fitness Series events provide great team-building opportunities for coaches. Host the 30-minute swim during a scheduled practice and add a social event after the practice. Build relays with swimmers who don't normally swim together. Track the lengths swum for the cause. Establish a team goal of yardage. You can even challenge another Masters program to see which club has the highest percentage of participation. Celebrate the accomplishments of your program and the individual swimmers with recognition or awards.
Can I see how many of my swimmers have signed up?
How does the Winter Fitness Challenge swim fit with the U.S. Masters Swimming 1-Hour ePostal National Championship?
The Winter Fitness Challenge: 30-Minute Swim and the 1-Hour ePostal National Championship aren’t mutually exclusive. Since these events overlap during the last two weeks of February, coaches can run them simultaneously. Let your swimmers decide which event best suits them. Swimmers who are just getting started with Masters Swimming or have never participated in a USMS event might choose the fitness-oriented 30-minute swim. Experienced and competitive swimmers might prefer the 1-Hour National Championship. Some swimmers might decide to swim both. Schedule these events to suit your club’s needs and goals.
How can I fundraise for the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation or my club's charity?

If your club participates in the Winter Fitness Challenge, you’re automatically fundraising for USMS SSLF—it’s now our official annual fundraiser. We’ll help you set up your club’s fundraising page in our online platform, Flipcause, which will make it easy for you and your swimmers.

For the Summer and Fall Fitness Challenges, the entry fees go to SSLF, but any additional funds raised by your swimmers can be designated for your local charity—Flipcause will be available to you for those events as well.

Great! Can I get started on my own and set up a Flipcause page to begin fundraising?
Yes! Just go to the Winter Fitness Challenge page on Flipcause and select “Become a Fundraiser.” Then fill in some basic info and upload your club logo—it’s that simple. Share your club’s fundraising page to all your members through email, social media, newsletter, etc. The club that raises the most funds during the event will be awarded a $500 Swimoutlet.com gift card.
I heard there are prizes for the clubs with the most swimmers participating in the Winter Fitness Challenge. Is that true?
Yes, we’ll reward the clubs with the highest swimmer participation—in three categories based on club size—in the Winter Fitness Challenge. The prizes range from a Colorado Time Systems Pace Clock Pro to a USMS-branded white board. When your swimmers are registering for the event, make sure they select your club so you get credit for their participation.