ALTS: Information for Coaches and Instructors

As part of the ALTS program, Pacific Masters and USMS have developed considerable resources for coaches and instructors who committed to developing their own Adult Learn to Swim programs. Available are links to instructional videos, webinars, and slides, as well as information on how to apply for an Adult Learn to Swim Grant from United States Masters Swimming.

Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructor Workshop:

The ALTS instructional program is a nationally recognized system designed to teach adults how to swim and be safer in the water. The Pacific Masters Swimming ALTS Committee will host a 3-hour workshop (on April 28, 2024) to help volunteers/instructors learn this system. The workshop will be led by USMS-certified ALTS instructors and will include both classroom and in-water instruction. Those who complete the workshop should be better prepared to teach or help teach adult swim lessons in their community.

Please note: This workshop will NOT provide USMS ALTS Instructor Certification, and a current USMS ALTS Instructor Certification is NOT required for registration.

Contact Mark Frazier ( to register, or if you have any questions. There is no charge for this session.

Session Details:
Date: April 28, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Graham Aquatic Center, 1100 Alamo Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687
Gear: towel, swimsuit, cap, goggles, note-taking paper/pen

Bridge to Masters Grant Program


Pacific Masters Swimming’s Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committees announce a “Bridge to Masters” Grant Program to support local Masters clubs in their efforts to bring inexperienced swimmers and/or graduates of their ALTS programs into their Masters Swimming programs.  The grants will provide $500- $1000 to clubs to help fund Bridge to Masters programs in a number of ways, including: subsidizing a portion of USMS membership fees for first time “Bridge to Masters” swimmers, or covering coaching and pool rental fees for “Bridge to Masters” swimmers.

Applications must made on behalf of a registered, Pacific Masters Swim Club, and are due by May 1, 2024.  Grant recipients will be notified by June 1, 2024. Please request an application form from ALTS Chair, Kim Elsbach at:

Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS) Instructional Tips: Lessons Learned While Teaching

By the Pacific Masters ALTS Committee, Kim Elsbach (chair) Get Fit Davis Masters; Carol Nip, Albany Armada Aquatic Masters; Christina Kossa, Richmond Plunge Masters; Susan Collins, Walnut Creek Masters; Natalie Clark, Fresno Area Manatee Masters, Mark Frazier, Vacaville Swim Club; Lisa Frazier, Vacaville Swim Club

In honor of learn to swim month (April), Pacifics ALTS instructors share the following instruction tips, gathered from their experience teaching ALTS classes.
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USMS Adult Learn to Swim Website:

How to Become a Certified Adult Learn to Swim Instructor:

Instructional Videos:

Adult-Learn-To-Swim Webinar Series