Sep 042015

Swymnut Masters is excited to present a freestyle clinic at Indian Valley College on Sunday, September 13th from 11am-1pm. The clinic will be lead by Head Coach Cokie Lepinski, 2014 U.S. Master’s Swimming Coach of The Year, along with our incredibly friendly and oh-so-talented Swymnut coaches Susie Powell, Shari Cruse, Marlon Woolf and Nicole Coll. Please feel free to download the flyer below and share this information with your swim friends.

This swim clinic is open to adult swimmers (18+) who can swim at least 2 laps (50 yards) of freestyle without stopping. Pre-registration is required and you must reserve your spot before 9am on September 12th. The cost is $25 and payment is due the day of the clinic. Cash or checks payable to Swymnut Masters. The clinic is limited to 50 participants. Participants must be 2015 members of U.S. Masters Swimming. If you have never been a member of U.S. Masters Swimming, please contact Coach Cokie Lepinski at the email address listed on the flyer (or use the contact Coach Cokie box on the right side of this page).

The flyer details what we will cover which will range from stroke fundamentals to open water skills to tips and techniques for pool competitors. There will be an option to learn block dive starts and flip turns.

The first segment of the clinic will have all competitors learning or reviewing some core concepts to a good freestyle stroke. This will include on deck demonstrations, in water demonstrations and participants working through various drills and focal points. As we assess the ability levels of the participants we will begin to break into smaller groups allowing much more interaction with our skilled coaches. This approach will enable participants to choose instruction specific to their own needs such as open water skills or tips and techniques geared toward freestylers in swim meet competitions.

Equipment to bring:

  • Swimsuit, Cap, Goggles
  • Towel, water and or fuel replacement drink
  • Fins and snorkels are welcome!

Parking is free at IVC on Sundays!

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Cokie Lepinski

Swymnuts Freestyle Clinic Flyer 091315

May 052015

If you’ve never had the chance to do a Masters training camp, think of giving it a go. It can be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in all things swimming. Check out these two 2015 opportunities.

USMS High Performance Camp in North Carolina. It runs August 22-27 in Greensboro, a beautiful facility and the site of a few USMS Nationals. I’ve had the opportunity to coach at the HPC twice (2012 and 2013) and it is a phenomenal experience. While it may seem pricey at $2000, you will definitely get your money’s worth here with dryland work, filming, state of the art technique work in all four strokes, starts and turns, plenty of water time and much more.

Here’s the link. USMS High Performance Camp

Also held in August is a training camp in Arizona. It runs August 18-21 in Flagstaff, Arizona and bills itself as a High Altitude Training Camp.

Here’s the link. Masters Swim Camp Arizona

Sep 042014

Two top notch Pacific Masters stroke clinics are coming up soon!

On Saturday, September 27th there is a terrific backstroke-freestyle clinic in Davis led by Davis Aquatic Masters Coaches Stu & Mary Kahn. Not only are they outstanding coaches, they run great clinics. You will get the most current look at changes in the stroke and learn how to maximize your propulsion and minimize resistance. Here is the flyer for the clinic.

2014 Clinic Flyer Davis Free Back

On Sunday, October 19th, I’ll be leading a breaststroke clinic in San Mateo with Coach Tom Reudy of San Mateo Masters. He is an amazing breaststroker and also an excellent coach. In that clinic we’ll have one hour of classroom and two hours of pool time working all aspects of breaststroke including pull downs. Here is the flyer for this clinic.

2014 Clinic Flyer San Mateo Breast 101914

Aug 152014

i-coach-219192617_std1Ever thought about coaching? Want to learn more about what it takes to be a Masters coach? We are blessed to have local opportunities for just such training this fall/winter 2014.

First up we have the USMS Level 1 & 2 Coaches Certification training. That will be held at Rolling Hills Club in Novato on Saturday, October 4th from 9-5pm (show up at 8:30 for check in). The following day the instructors and coaches in the class will host a 3-hour stroke clinic for swimmers (covering all 4 strokes). That will be held at Rolling Hills Club as well and runs from 9am-noon (again, show up at 8:30 for check-in).

Then, on Saturday, December 5th, USMS is returning to Novato (again at Rolling Hills Club) to bring us USMS Level 3 Coaches Certification training.

If you think there is a chance in the future you might want to coach a Masters team, then seize this opportunity to catch this training close to home!

Cokie will be teaching the Level 1 & 2 class in October, and normally teaches the Level 3 course but will be in Cuba in December.

  • For further information on the Level 1 & 2 Coaching class October 4th, click here.
  • For signing up for the Stroke Clinic October 4th, click here. Cost is $40.
  • For further information on the Level 3 Coaching class December 5th, click here.
  • For more information about USMS Coaching Certification in general, go here.
Aug 112014

SwimClinicU.S. Masters Swimming is presenting a 3-hour stroke clinic at Rolling Hills Club in Novato on Sunday, October 5th. This clinic is open to USMS registered swimmers. Cost is $40 and will cover all 4-strokes. Swimmers are welcome to bring fins, snorkels and paddles (although they are not required). Come have a fun day learning some new things about each stroke. All levels of Masters swimmers are welcome!

Jan 132014

The first clinic of the year for Pacific Masters Swimming takes place in Albany on Saturday, February 15, 2014. At $25, this is such a bargain for a quality clinic. Come join me that day as I lead this clinic with Coach Stu Kahn (Davis Aquatic Masters). You’ll love it and you’ll really tune up your freestyle and backstroke! The flyer below has all the information. If you plan on attending let me know. You will need to register through Coach Carol Nip to attend the clinic.


Albany Masters Swim Clinic

Mar 252013

Flyer Urban EscapeCome join me at Indian Valley College in Novato on Sunday, April 7th for a Freestyle / Open Water Clinic. The first hour will be dedicated to tuning up your freestyle stroke with some innovative drills. The second hour will be on open water skills such as drafting; pack swimming; breathing; rounding buoys; swimming straight, swimming in choppy water, etc. The clinic runs from 12:30-2:30. Cost is $25 for members of Urban Escape Fitness and $35 to non members. We have the entire 50m pool available to us and it is going to be fun!

Click the image to download the clinic flyer which has all the information you’ll need about the clinic and how to register. Hope you can join me!

Mar 012013

Hey all you masters swimmers out there, come check out the brochure for the 2013 USMS High Performance Camp to be held August 24-29, 2013 in Greensboro, NC. Applications are being accepted now and closing date is May 24th. I’ll be coaching again there this year and am so excited to be doing this. We had an amazing time last year with our 20 campers and four coaches. We witnessed all kinds of stroke transformations take place last year. If you want to significantly improve your technique, you will most definitely benefit from this camp which is worth every penny!

The 2012 Campers & Coaches

The 2012 Campers & Coaches


Here is the 2013-HPC-Brochure.