Frequently Asked Questions about USMS Membership

Inland NW Masters Swimming has grown from just a handful workout groups in the state to over 12 in the past two years. Our swimmers range in ability from having never swum a stroke to national record holders. All of them have shared the same passion for swimming, friendship and competition, a legacy that has led to one of the most recognized swimming organizations in the country.

Is Inland NW Masters Swimming for me?

How old do I need to be to join?
18. But all ages on up are welcome.

Can I try it out before I join?
This depends on the club or workout group that you join as each group has different rules regarding membership. USMS rules state you must be a member within 30 days of your first swim, after that time the insurance coverage for the entire group is not valid.

What if I am not in good shape?
It’s one of the main reasons so many join and stay in Masters. It’s a great way to get in shape and stay in shape — and have fun doing it.

I’m not fast. Will I be out of place?
Inland NW Masters swimmers range in abilities and interests from lap swimmers and fitness swimmers to competitive minded swimmers and triathletes. Regardless of your swimming ability and swimming interests, you will be with other swimmers who share your enjoyment of swimming.

How can I be in a club or workout group?
We encourage you to join a workout group for camaraderie, coaching, and commitment. There‘s likely to be a workout group near you that will meet your needs.

I’m a self-coached swimmer. What does Inland NW Masters offer me?
A motivating environment for swimming regularly, improving your stroke, and a chance to get to know other swimmers. It’s up to you whether you stay self-coached or join a group.

What about swim meets?
Inland NW Masters offers a short course championship each spring in addition to numerous other meets and open water events. Whether you’re ultra-fast, sort of medium, or not fast at all, you’ll find others with similar abilities at each of these events. Swim meets are a very good way to benchmark your performance against your goals. Plus, you will meet other people who swim from all around the region.

I don't plan to compete in meets, why does my local team make me join USMS?
Most clubs and workout groups use USMS membership for the secondary accident insurance and liability insurance, in addition to helping provide swimmers with great information provided in Swimmer Magazine and the Splashmaster newsletter.

What will I get as a member?