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In order to accomplish the PNS vision of Achieving Excellence While Fostering Growth, it is imperative that Pacific Northwest Swimming promotes equal access to training resources and competition opportunities to all athletes, regardless of their individual means. Since PNS recognizes that national and international success in swimming depends on access to substantial resources, Pacific Northwest Swimming has created a process and funding mechanism that provides swimmers of limited means with additional club and LSC resources.

Outreach Membership

Any swimmer who provides documentation demonstrating a family income less than 200% of the federal poverty level will be registered as a USA Swimming outreach athlete member through PNS at no cost to themselves. For offset purposes, such swimmers shall be considered “Partial Offset Athletes.”

Any swimmer who provides documentation demonstrating a special situation status (such as foster child, homeless, runaway, or migrant), will be registered as a USA Swimming outreach athlete member through PNS at no cost to themselves. For offset purposes, such swimmers will be considered “Partial Offset Athletes.”

Any swimmer who provides documentation demonstrating a family income less than 100% of the federal poverty level will be registered as a USA Swimming outreach athlete member through PNS at no cost to themselves. For offset purposes, such swimmers will be considered “Full Offset Athletes."

Swimmers must provide documentation to the club registrar and the club registrar will provide PNS with a signed affidavit of the validity of documentation.

Meet Offsets (Meet Vouchers)

Partial Offset Athletes will pay the athlete surcharge for the applicable meet, and PNS will offset the individual event entry fees.

Full Offset Athletes will receive both the athlete surcharge and individual event entry fees offset by PNS.

Training Offsets (Team Training Support)

Teams may apply for PNS offset to help offset training fees offsets they provide outreach swimmers. Teams must submit a completed “Voucher C” for each athlete by April 15 for the short course season, and by August 15 for the long course season. Athletes must (1) be members in good standing, (2) attended 50% of all workouts provided for their training group, and (3) participated in a minimum of two (2) competitions sanctioned by PNS for that season.