U.S. Masters Swimming and Life Time Fitness Joining Forces During Adult Learn-To-Swim Month

Photo Courtesy: Lifetime Fitness

SARASOTA, Florida, April 11. U.S. Masters Swimming’s goal of getting more adults into the pool during Learn-To-Swim month got a big boost with the announcement today that several branches of the Life Time Fitness chain of workout facilities will be home to a USMS swimming program.

Ninety-two cities in 25 states claim a Life Time fitness facility with a pool, and 76 of them will become official places for Masters swimmers to train daily, according to the USMS press release. Certified USMS coaches will lead the workouts at these pools, and a post on the Life Time website stipulates that the only requirement for swimmers to train with the team, besides a USMS membership, is “that you can swim down and back in the lap pool without stopping.”

“Life Time’s robust adult swim programming has been well received by our members of all swimming abilities since its inception,” said Alicia Kockler, Life Time’s director of aquatics. The additional benefits our members will receive through USMS-the ability to swim in USMS-sanctioned events, as well as USMS certified coaches and programming-and the benefits USMS members receive from us-increased access to pools with certified coaches-allows both programs to grow.”

To find a Life Time Fitness facility with a pool near you, click here.

Full USMS press release:

Swimming has long been touted as a great sport and recreational activity virtually everyone can enjoy and benefit from. U.S. Masters Swimming and Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Companysm (NYSE: LTM) today announce their partnership to expand adult swimming programs in place at 76 Life Time Fitness and Life Time Athletic premiere sports, professional fitness, family recreation, and spa destinations.

The expansion will bring USMS-sanctioned adult Masters Swimming® programs, led by certified USMS coaches, to Life Time Swim locations across the nation. Adults swimming in the program will be eligible to swim at all USMS-sanctioned events, giving thousands of swimmers the option to compete. As an added benefit, USMS members holding a Life Time membership will receive a complimentary month of Life Time’s Masters Swimming programming.

“This partnership is a win-win for both Life Time and USMS,” says Alicia Kockler, Life Time’s director of aquatics. “Life Time’s robust adult swim programming has been well received by our members of all swimming abilities since its inception. The additional benefits our members will receive through USMS-the ability to swim in USMS-sanctioned events, as well as USMS certified coaches and programming-and the benefits USMS members receive from us-increased access to pools with certified coaches-allows both programs to grow.”

“We’re the leading adult swimming organization in the United States-the most important benefits we can offer our members are pool access and professional coaching by qualified and certified instructors,” says Bill Brenner, USMS’s Club and Coach Services director. “By expanding our programming into 76 premier Life Time Fitness and Athletic locations, we’re expanding access to pools and to professionally trained coaches who understand how to make swimming fun and effective for adults of all ages and abilities.”

For more information about U.S. Masters Swimming visit usms.org. For more information about Life Time’s swim programming visit a location near you or lifetimefitness.com/swim.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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