Swimmer's Ear
Newsletter of the Potomac Valley Masters Committee
January 2013

    Newsletter Schedule printed 3 times a year
  • January (deadline: December 15)
  • June (deadline: May 15)
  • September (deadline: August 15)

  Note from the Chair

Jeff Greetings Fellow Swimmers!

I hope 2012 has been good to you and that 2013 will continue to bring you and your family health, happiness and a lot of swimming fun.

For those of you just joining us, welcome to the USMS family! This is a challenging, yet exciting time of year. It seems like such a long way until the warmth and fun of summer - but now is a great time to build a strong foundation for the year.

As we near the end of my 2nd term as Potomac Valley Chairman, I would like to encourage you to donate your time and talents on behalf of your team and/or USMS. Volunteerism is something that our organization thrives on, as we've been run by volunteers since its inception. I got involved because I loved the sport and wanted to try to help others find the same love and passion for swimming, and haven't looked back since. If you really love the sport and it has benefited you in some way, I would encourage you to share your story with me and others.

There are plenty of roles for volunteers - they can be as simple as being "the swimmer who organizes post-practice breakfast," team photographer, timing at a swim meet, or apparel coordinator; and can get more involved like being a team officer, meet director and even representing your club at PV LMSC Meetings and attending the annual convention.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has set some lofty goals for this year and are working hard to achieve them. I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months at meets and at our March LMSC meeting (prior to the Albatross Open meet).

Happy Laps! -jeff

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  Articles & Interviews


2012 USMS High Performance Camp
by Mike Boyle

I was fortunate enough to be one of the 20 swimmers (campers) selected to participate in this camp. Our campers' credentials ranged from working on their own, to National Record holders and FINA world record holders. I believe we need to add a subtitle to the main title and that is "The techniques you need to be the best swimmer you can be".

The camp was held at the Greensborough Aquatic Center. I must admit it is one best pools that I have ever visited. It was the pool used for the Spring Nationals 2012.

The swim coach instructors were Stu Kahn (Davis Aquatic Masters), Chad Duriex (Rose Bowl Maters), Cokie Lepinski (Swymnut Maters), Frank Marcinkowski (Curl Burke Masters), and Genadijus Sokolovas (known as Dr G). In addition Jennifer Brunelli (Sports Nutritionist), Sue Walsh (Olympian), Lizzie Hibbert (Sports Trainer). Of course we cannot forget to mention Hill Carrow (Triangle Sports Commission Directory) who kept us on schedule and John Choquette (triangle Sports Commission) who worked with Hill to deal with any issues.

The camp arrangement - we started at 6:30 am for breakfast, in the pool from 8 to 10, then class presentations, followed by lunch, more class sessions, then pool work from 4 to 6, back to the hotel for dinner, and more discussions till "lights out" at 9:30.

The pool was set up long course meters for the 2 hour morning practice and short course meters in the 2 hour afternoon session. I especially appreciate the high 'coach to swimmer' ratio (4 coaches and Dr G worked with the 20 swimmers). During one set I was surprised to see 3 coaches at the end of my lane working on an issue I was having. They had a conference and gave me feedback on how to swim faster and it worked.

The swim coaches presented their favorite stoke (free, fly, breast, and back) during the class. There was much detail provided and theory about why they suggest it provides the fastest time. There was a session on race strategy and splits, a 2 hour session on start and turn biometrics.

I will admit my favorite part of the performance camp was Dr G. showing the strength test videos of Olympic swimmers. I have read many swimming books dealing with angle of attack and positioning of arms in relation to some trig function and makes me feel like "a deer in the headlights". By running loops on their stoke you could see what works and what didn't. I should step back for a minute and explain what a strength test is. A belt is placed on the swimmer and a string is connected from the belt to a device that measures velocity in meters per second. The videos were in a split screen format where the top screen shows the swimmer and the lower screen shows the velocity graph with meters per second generated by their stroke. I will admit just like that song "I am a believer" that the video does not lie about what really works. I changed my backstroke and it just "took off".

For the lactate/heart rate analysis, the swimmers were required to go 90% in a 200 long course meter swim, get out of the pool, donate a drop of blood, and repeat the process 3 more times with a start time of 6 minutes from the last pushoff.

There were many training procedures presented in the pool session. That involved running eight 100 meter sprints and work on decreasing your interval by 1 second. I will admit that my race pace needs some work - but by the 8th freestyle I was only 2 seconds off my personal best (and that was a push off from the wall).

Nutrition is very important in race strategy; your results are based on what you consume. Jennifer spent 2 hours going over good nutrition. (Yes you can eat junk food once in a while.)

Ok what would a sports camp be, without videos? For the strength test the swimmer picked a "favorite stoke" and that was captured with kick only, arms only, and full stroke. Dr G provided what works and what needed some tuning. There was also videos of starts, turns, and my "favorite", IM. Several of the camp's 2 hour practices were broken down into specific areas of interest to the campers. They were open water, long distance, sprints, and IM sets. Then the coaches would go over with the swimmer what works and where they would like to see some improvement.

By the fourth day the coaches decided to cut the second practice to 1 hour. I will admit that no one was complaining. The fastest swimmers swam over 24,000 meters in 4 days. You could tell by the dedication of the swimmers, that they were there to get better and no matter what the coaches asked, there were never any complaints.

The last day also included 'one on one' reviews of all areas. The coaches would review the videos taken during the week and some items that would help improve your stoke. The sport nutritionist went over your eating habits and recommendations on what to eat before, during, and at the end of the meet. Lizzy the trainer went over your flexibility and range of motion test and recommended workouts to improve flexibility and strength. Dr G made a DVD of each of the swimmer's strength tests and went over the results. He will be mailing out the results of the lactate test.

Graduation day was a trip to the Grasshoppers class "A" baseball game. The group was spoiled by sitting in a club box behind first plate.

In the final talk, Stu congratulated the camp on how all the swimmers improved. Without a doubt the money spent for this camp was well worth it. The cost of the camp included, room, board, and transportation. The only sad part was saying goodbye to all my campmates and I will likely have to wait a few years to return to camp due to the HPC's emphasis on new campers versus alumni.

Head, Hands, and Hide ...a Freestyle check up
by Lisa Wolf

Everyone remembers to take their car to the gas station for oil changes and routine maintenance but do you remember to do a periodic check up of your stroke technique? Probably not. Over time, age, injuries and sometimes lack of concentration, allows us to slip into bad habits with our swimming. We don't even realize our stroke has changed or we know that something isn't quite right but can't put our finger on it. So having a "quick 5 minute check" can refocus your efforts to be more efficient in the water and make your workouts more enjoyable.

The first step in this process is to talk with your coach. Coaches spend a lot of time looking at swimmers and offering suggestions. That's what we're on deck to do! Use this resource because even if you think your stroke is perfect, it probably isn't. Another perspective, especially "from above", can pinpoint an area that might benefit from making a change. Most likely, your coach is going to look at several areas. The first thing I look for is what I call it the "Head, Hands and Hide" test.

Head Head position is critical to efficient freestyle. Alignment of your spine and neck in a straight line is the proper position. I compare it to the chicken on the rotisserie at the grocery store; your head, neck and spine should be the skewer. You just get to rotate from side to side as you roast. Look at the lines on the bottom of the pool and keep your head steady. Your eyes will drift naturally to the correct position of about 45 degrees ahead. (Yes, you do need to periodically need to lift your head if you are "sighting" in an open water swim but you do not need to show your coach your goggles as you head down the pool). Proper position also raises your hips, which eliminates drag, which in turn reduces the amount of effort needed to propel forward. This will also align your body for a better reach and glide of the stroke.

Hands The entry position of your hands is also an important factor Many swimmers "dig" deep when they enter the water, called the "catch" portion of the stroke. Your hand and arm should be extended and enter the water, staying near the surface. Diving deep with your hand eliminates a few inches of water that can be pulled. It also can create a timing issue with your entire stroke. Remember that your pull should not start until your other arm as completed the underwater phase. This is called "front quadrant" or "catch up" swimming. It is difficult to maintain but working on this can greatly improve your efficiency. There is a tremendous amount of debate on "catch up" swimming but it does have some positive effects to the stroke cycle.

Hide Breathing is one of the most difficult areas to master, especially for a swimmer that didn't grow up as a "pool rat" each summer. The biggest fear is that you won't get enough air, so many swimmers rotate (we're still on the rotisserie skewer) too far out of the water in attempt to gulp air. I encourage swimmers to rotate no further than the actual pool wall- the metal or tile surround. The ceiling of the pool isn't something you need to see during freestyle-that's for backstroke!

Remember that breathing is a continuous process. As soon as your face enters the water, you gradually blow it out under water and then rotate with your stroke to take your next breath. No forceful expulsions are necessary to empty your lungs. The correct head position is with about half of your head out of the water (hence, one part of the "hide") Swimmers fear choking on water- this isn't going to happen if done properly. The motion creates a "trough" that provides the ability to breathe without sucking in water. I won't say this will NEVER happen as it might, but that's because you were caught breathing off the turn and the 200 lb guy in the next lane decided to kick right as you breathed!) The last part of the "hide" is that you should tuck your head back into the water as soon as your arm is heading forward. This creates minimal motion and disruption to your stroke. Really good swimmers can almost seem like they are not breathing as it just rhythmically flows.

Taking a few minutes to review these suggestions during your next practice could possibly reap major benefits. To borrow a phrase from Vince Lombardi, "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Happy swimming!



Germantown Lesley Evans Award
by Mark Walters

The 2012 winners of GERMANTOWN's Lesley Evans Award for leadership in our group workouts are Carole Valis and Farol Tomson. This award goes to one male and one female swimmer each year. The winners are role models for how to work hard in practice and improve speed and conditioning.

Arlington Swimmers Qualify for Ironman
by Michael Stevenson

Arlington Masters swimmers Dawn Riebeling and Michael Stevenson qualified for the 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas. They qualified for worlds at Ironman Austin 70.3 on October 28, 2012. Dawn was 12th out of the water in her age group and went on to take 2nd place! Mike as 4th out of the water in his age group and held on for 7th place.

Dawn and Mike want to thank Arlington Masters coach Dan Summers for helping them to prepare for their big race. Dan put together a series of workouts focused on the 1.2 mile swim distance for half Ironman. The workouts providing the needed strength and distance conditioning needed to have a great race.

Colonies Zone LCM Record Holders
Leslie Livingston, John Calvert, Hugh Roddin and Frank Manheim set Colonies Zone LCM records this year. To view a file listing the new 59 records set this past season, sorted by LMSC and name: www.colonieszone.org/results.htm

USMS Dorothy Donnelly Award Winners
by Debbie Morrin-Nordlund

USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award winners (including Debbie Morrin-Nordlund 3rd from left) -- photo taken by Eric Nordlund
U.S. Masters Swimming honors volunteers whose service stands out in scope and impact with the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. Recipients of the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award have made significant contributions on the local, regional, and national level. The award is named after Dorothy Donnelly, one of USMS's first super-volunteers. This year, recipients of the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award are: Jim Barber (Indiana), Marianne Bradley (Florida), Bob Bruce (Oregon), Chris Campbell (Pacific), Jim Clemmons (Pacific), Brian Cohn (Minnesota), Jill Gellatly (Gulf), Susan Kirk (New Jersey), George McVey (Niagara), Robert Mitchell (Southern Pacific), Debbie Morrin-Norlund (Colonies), Lori Payne (Ozark), Tom Spence (Lake Erie), Jeanne Teisher (Oregon), and Paul Wrangell (Pacific).

Jeff Roddin receiving championship meet award – photo taken by Debbie Morrin Nordlund
The Championship Committee and Raleigh Area Masters select an individual each year who makes significant contributions to USMS National Championship meets. The U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship Meets Award recognizes efforts to assist USMS and meet hosts in providing excellent competitive conditions for championship racing or otherwise contributing to the success of USMS National Championships or national championship-level competitions, including international meets. This year's recipient is Jeff Roddin (Potomac Valley).

Cheryl Wagner - Dot Donnelly Colonies Zone Award

Top Ten SCM Times (PV)
by Jeff Roddin
Top times from short course meters (SCM) meets for the 2012 season have been posted to the PV website:




  Meet News


Sprint Classic Meet - 10/28/12
Sprint Classic
YMCA National Capitol

Sprint Classic
Scott & Lisa

Sprint Classic

Sprint Classic
N Carolina Masters

Sprint Classic
Sharks of Stafford

Sprint Classic

SCM Relay & Sprint Festival - Nov 18







For more Sprint Relay photos by David Vurdelja:

Swim in the New Year - 12/31/12

 Swim In The New Year
Diana & Allyson

Swim in The New Year
group of friends

Swim In The New Year
Gretchen & Mollie

Swim in the New Year
Jonathan - DC Tri

Jim Nealis, Director

All photos:



Go the Distance

Dear Swimmers,
New Year Day has come and gone and it's time to get back into the swimming groove! Maybe it's only been a few weeks without pool time or maybe a few months. If you are looking for a new challenge in the water or a change in routine….here it is:

Go the Distance in 2013

Nike GTD is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. There's no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in the calendar year. Speed doesn't count - just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself.

Nike GTD is on the honor system - you track the distance you swim. Daily, weekly, or monthly, enter that information into your online Fitness Log (FLOG). When you achieve certain milestones, you'll be recognized on the U.S. Masters Swimming website and receive special prizes from Nike Swim, our title sponsor for the event.

There's no cost to enter Nike GTD. You can register through your FLOG in the My USMS section of the website. Your FLOG allows you to track all your fitness activities - such as running, biking, weight training, and yoga - while participating in Nike GTD. Track your weekly, monthly and annual totals online. Once you've entered Nike GTD, your results are automatically included in the daily summary reports, and your milestone awards are sent directly to you.

Click here for more detailed information regarding the program:

Happy swimming,
Lisa Wolf

USMS Masters Coach Certification Class
by Ray Novitske

Alexandria Masters is hosting a USMS Masters Coach Certification Class, Level 3.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Mt. Vernon Government Center
2511 Parkers Lane
Alexandria, VA

Online registration will be available sometime early next year. Potomac Valley coaches receive a 50% rebate on their registration fee. Happy Hour for participants and instructors on Friday evening in Old Town Alexandria.

Clay Britt Swim Clinics

We have just posted the swim clinic schedule for the upcoming season. Running from November 3 through June 2013, each clinic is designed to teach you to swim freestyle more efficiently and faster. With a 5 to 1 swimmer to coach ratio, above and below water videotaping and access to swimming instructional videos, you will find that we offer the most complete instruction for those looking to improve their freestyle. Please go to www.claybrittswimming.com/clinicschedule.html in order to view the schedule and to sign up, or email for more details for an upcoming clinic.

Hope to see you soon.
Clay Britt

Schedule of 2013 Single Day Clinics (4:30-7:30pm)
March 2
April 13
May 18 (Power Clinic)
June 15
July 5, 2013 Turks and Caicos Clinic (4-7pm)

USAS Convention Report
by Lisa Wolf

I'm writing this note after recently returning from the USAS (United States Aquatic Sports) Convention in Greensboro, NC. This convention hosted USA Swimming, USA Synchro, USA Diving, USA Water Polo as well as USMS. Each organization held separate meetings, coming together on the final night for a Gala banquet but it was unbelievable to get on the elevators and see 8 other "aquatic" individuals chattering away.

As a first time delegate, it was a great experience of learning, networking and swimming. I attended House of Delegate meetings each day and then had the opportunity to attend various committee meetings ranging from Open Water Safety, Fitness, Sports Medicine and a host of other options. The committee meetings were working sessions but input from all attendees was welcome and valued. It led to some lively discussions for sure!

I learned many new things about various aspects of USMS from the actual structure of the organization to the workings of the various committees. There were over 300 delegates/board members and USMS staff in attendance and there were two things that I shall always remember- The average delegate probably isn't the fastest swimmer (though Jeff Roddin and Jeff Strahota WERE there_) but consists of a committed group that spend countless volunteer hours to ensure the future of Masters Swimming. The inner workings of USMS is complex and the sheer numbers of people willing to take on the roles is astounding. The other thing is that this was a very wonderful experience for a first time delegate, starting with the "New Delegate Survival Guide, the mentoring lunch for new attendees to the great social activities provided by the convention and the local LMSC. I proudly wore my "Help Me, I'm New" sticker on my name badge because more than once I was asked by veteran delegates if I had questions or was there anything I needed!

And to top it off, we headed off each morning (and early it was!) to practice at the lovely new Greensboro Aquatic Center. So not only did I get to meet many new people, I got to swim with them also.

I finagled a trade of my team cap to a swimmer from the Chicago Smelts which I'm sure will become a topic of conversation during my next swim back at my home pool.

My sincere thank you to PV LMSC in allowing me to attend this event. I encourage anyone that is interested in learning more about USMS and giving back to your team, LMSC or USMS as a whole, to consider attending a convention. You won't be sorry.

See you swimming,
Lisa Wolf

Special Operations Warrior Foundation Swim

I'm linking together 3 marathon swims (4-7 miles each) between islands in the Santa Barbara Channel, and raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in August & September, 2013.

For more information on my swims and to donate to this wonderful charity, see: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/marathonswim/santabarbarachannelinter-islandmarathonswim

PVLMSC Meeting Minutes - October 28, 2012

** Preliminary - subject to approval **
Recorded by Cheryl Wagner

George Mason University – Fairfax, VA
1) Introductions
-Last meeting's minutes Approved as revised (as shown on our website)

2) Reports:
Chair (Jeff Strahota)

  • We've had a good year.
  • Wish to thank John & Jen Carlson for planning the LMSC awards picnic.
  • A lot of coaches took advantage of the ASCA certification course Alexandria Masters hosted.
  • 2014 Summer Nationals will be hosted at UM College Park.
  • Welcome to our new Fitness Committee chair, Lisa Wolf.
  • There is a relay carnival on Nov 18 at GMU Fairfax hosted by Reston Masters.
  • Several members received awards:
    a) Jeff Roddin received the 2012 USMS National Championship Meets Award.
    b) Debbie Morrin-Nordlund received the 2012 USMS Dorothy Donnelly award.
    c) Cheryl Wagner received the 2012 Colonies Zone Dorothy Donnelly award.
Vice Chair (John Carlson)
  • no report
Registrar (Jeff Roddin)
  • Registrations down slightly from last year.
    2012 - 2802
    2011 - 2944
    2010 - 2789
  • Starting with the 2013 registration year USMS is raising their portion of the transfer fee from $1.50 to $2.00 (PV portion has been $3.50 to set the transfer fee at $5).
  • Approved - agreeing that PV will absorb the increase and reduce their portion to $3.
  • PV club page (PDF brochure) on website. Jeff keeps it current but does anybody use this anymore? A quick poll determined many in attendance didn't know about it.
  • Of the 53 LMSC's, PV is most dense in membership for their area.
  • New team: FEXY (triathlon club).
Top Ten (Jeff Roddin)
  • DCRP Hains Point meet went well.
  • Maryland Senior Olympics - applied for USMS recognition.
Sanctions (Jeff Strahota for Deb Morrin-Nordlund)
  • All meets have received a full refund.
  • Nov 18 - Sprint meet - evaluator/volunteer - Tim Timmons.
  • Feb 3 - Tropical Splash meet - evaluator/volunteer – Mollie Grover
Treasurer (Tim Timmons)
  • 12 month period - treasury was $4,000 to the good.
  • 2 accounts - savings & checking - $65,000.
  • National USMS office progressively taking larger amount of registration fees. PV will review how much we need in reserve and whether dues should be increased.
Secretary (Cheryl Wagner)
  • No report
Newsletter (Cheryl Wagner)
  • $3,000 in postal account.
  • Would like to put meet photos up on PV website.
Coaches (Frank Marcinkowski)
  • Working with Bill Brenner on ASCA Level III Training.
  • lexandria Masters is looking at dates to host training (suggestions: 2nd or 3rd weekend in May or September or early October).
  • Pre-requisite of Level I & II, so may ask another club to host those.
  • PV will pay half the cost of Level III training for interested PV coaches.
  • PV paid $755 last year for coaches training "scholarships".
  • High performance camp in Greensboro sold out.
  • Frank Marcinkowski taught some of the courses.
  • 1/3 of courses at camp were distance/open water.
  • Doctor G proposed swimmer clinic in February.
Fitness (Lisa Wolf)
  • hanks for allowing her to attend USMS convention. Good idea for seeing how masters works.
  • Fitness swimmers are a growing population.
  • Marketing - are we reaching out to them?
  • Coaches - how to speak to new swimmers on team?
Long Distance/OW (Denis Crean)
  • Added a few more races.
  • Asking for OEVT registrations and that we waive "years of successful sanctioned events" requirement. Denis will write up proposal and submit to Sanctions chair for a recommendation no later than March meeting.
3) Old Business
  • 2014 Summer Nationals on Aug 13-17, 2014, were awarded to UM College Park.
  • What kind of support do we want to provide? Meet director will form a committee.
4) New Business
  • CUBU Masters merging with Fairfax County Masters. Will probably change again in January.
5) Next Meeting
  • March 16 - Albatross Meet - 12:45-1:45PM



Do You Want To Swim for a Great Team? With Great Coaches? In a Great Pool?

FXCM has a great group of masters and fitness swimmers that trains at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda. There is space for a few more swimmers on deck. We are a lively bunch and train Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights from 8:00-9:30 in the winter and 6:30-8:00 in the summer. Our coaches are excellent, reliable, and on deck during practice to give you creative sets that push you to your maximum and feedback that brings you swimming success. So, come join us! Contact Frank Marcinkowski at f.marcinkowski@cubu-masters.org for more details or just show up. The pool is located at the back of the Georgetown Prep campus in the Hanley Center.

Swim Coaches Needed

DC Aquatics Club, www.swimdcac.org, which practices primarily in the District, is looking for a new swim coach(es) to cover some of our evening practices.

If you might be interested, or know of anyone that might be interested, please contact WonKee Moon at captain@swimdcac.org .

Swim Coaches Needed
Marymount University and the Clark Swim Club have the following coaching positions open.

Age Group Coach-Clark Swim Club
Sr. Group Asst Coach-Clark Swim Club
Water polo Coach - Clark Swim Club
Masters Coach - Marymount University Master
Asst. Collegiate Coach - Marymount University

Please send letter of interest and resume to:
Mike Clark
Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach
Marymount University
swimcoachmike @ twitter
36th Maryland Masters Winter Meet

Don't miss the 36th Maryland Master Winter Meet on March 2nd at UMBC in Catonsville MD.

SATURDAY, March 2 - Session 1 - 9:30am start

SATURDAY, March 2 - Session 2 - 12 Noon estimated start

Steve Muchow, PMP

Surf Lifeguard Position

Assateague Island is a 37 mile long Barrier Island located approximately 130 miles East of Washington DC. Assateague Island encompasses the states off of the Maryland and Virginia coast. The National Seashore is a superb resource that showcases one of the largest and last surviving Mid-Atlantic barrier islands, and at the same time provides an array of recreational experiences and opportunities. The incumbent of this position performs lifeguard services during assigned tours of duty, including Preventative Lifeguarding, Reactive Lifesaving and Search and Rescue. Lifeguards respond and provide emergency care to visitors with sudden illness or injury. The candidate may be assigned to either the Maryland or Virginia district locations.

Key Requirements:
United States citizenship required.
Background investigation and drug test required.
Social security number is required to process your application.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the entrance on duty date
Candidate must be able to pass a swim test of 500 Yards in less than 10 minutes

Salary Range
GS-0189-03 $11.95 / Per Hour
GS-0189-04 $13.41 / Per Hour
GS-0189-05 (Assistant Head Guard) $15.00 / Per Hour
GS-0189-06 (Head Lifeguard) is $16.73 / Per Hour

SPECIAL LICENSES, CERTIFICATES OR REQUIREMENTS: Possession of or ability to obtain: 1) Emergency Medical Responder certificate issued by a State Agency or The American Red Cross. 2) Surf Lifeguards are required to complete a minimum daily workout of a 2000 yard run followed by a 500 yard swim and run - swim - run (100 yrdX100 yard X100 yard). Additional workouts assigned at the discretion of supervisor. 3) Surf School Lifeguard Training Program as outlined below.

To be considered for the position, candidates must have the ability to swim 500 yards in less than 10 minutes. A swim test will be conducted on the first day of duty in a pool setting. All lifeguards are required to participate in the 80+ hour pre-season surf school (In-Service Training), which begins in Mid May. Exact dates have not been set. Surf School Consists of a 53 hour Emergency Medical Response course, Surf Lifeguard training, and physical endurance training. The course will take place in either lifeguard district, on the beach and in a classroom setting. Candidates must be able to pass all components of surf school in order to be assigned lifeguarding responsibilities.

How to Apply / Contact
Application and selection procedure: Applicants must submit an on-line application. Please apply at http://www.usajobs.gov and input "Assateague" in the key word search box. There you will find the vacancy announcements for 4 different positions(GS-3, GS-4, GS-5, and GS-6). If you have never guarded an ocean beach before, you will want to apply for the GS-3 and or the GS-4 position depending on your lifeguarding experience and education. If you have any questions about Surf Lifeguard jobs please feel free to contact Jeff Clark, Chief Lifeguard at 410-629-6094 Jeff_Clark@nps.gov

The National Park Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Jeff Clark
Chief Lifeguard
Assateague Island National Seashore
P.O Box 38
Chincoteague, VA 23336
Office: 410-629-6094
Cell: 757-999-1693
Fax: 757-336-5203
Radio Number: 650

  Photo Credits


All photos by Cheryl Wagner unless noted.

  Events Calendar



2012-2013 Pool Event Calendar

Sep 29
VMST Pickin' Up Steam SCY meet in Ashland, VA www.usms.org/comp/event.php?MeetID=20120929RMC08Y

Oct 28
Sprint Classic at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1463&smid=4129

Nov 3
32nd Annual VMST Fall Meet at Virginia Beach, VA www.usms.org/comp/event.php?MeetID=20121103122007S

Dec 2
Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series at Glen Burnie, MD www.usms.org/comp/event.php?MeetID=20121202NAAC3Y

Jan 20
Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series at Annapolis, MD www.usms.org/comp/event.php?MeetID=20130120AOSC4Y

Feb 3
ALEX Tropical Splash Alexandria, VA

Mar 24
Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series at Annapolis, MD www.usms.org/comp/event.php?MeetID=20130324AOSC6Y

2013 Long Distance/Open Water Calendar

May 25-26:
Jim McDonnell Lake Swims and Open Water Clinic in Reston, VA www.usms.org/comp/event.php?MeetID=20130525JMLAKEO

May 25:
Great Hudson River Swim (1.6 M) http://www.nycswim.org

Jun 8:
Manhattan Island Swim (28.5 M) http://www.nycswim.org

Jun 9:
Great Chesapeake Bay Swim at Stevensville, MD http://www.lin-mark.com

Jun 23:
Stars & Stripes: Aquathlon & Swim Aquathlon:(Swim 1.5 K / Run 5 K) Swim-Only:(1.5 K) www.nycswim.org

Jul 6:
Kingdom Swim Newport, VA www.usms.org

Jul 7:
Brooklyn Bridge Swim (1.0 K) www.nycswim.org

Jul 20:
Governors Island Swim (2.0 K) www.nycswim.org

Jul 20:
Greenwich Point One Mile Swim www,usms.org

Aug 3:
Island Beach 2 Mile Swim Greenwich CT www.usms.org

Aug 10:
Manhattan Island Relays (28.5 M) www.nycswim.org

Aug 16:
Statue of Liberty Swim (1.2 K) www.nycswim.org

Aug 18:
Ederle Swim (17.5 M) www.nycswim.org

Sep 21:
Little Red Lighthouse Swim (10.2 K) www.nycswim.org

Sep 21:
Boston Sharkfest Swim www.usms.org