Connecticut Swimming

USA Swimming Coach Requirements for Membership Renewal



A requirements checklist, including links to complete each step, can be found here.

Coaches with questions regarding membership and registration should contact their club's CSI Registrar.
Coaches who are new to CT Swimming should start on the New Coach Membership page to access the new member application.

  • Dry land coaches, please visit Other Membership page.
  • Visit New Coach Membership page..
  • Virtual coach cards are now available through the USA Swimming App.  Use the same login as your SWIMS 3.0 login.

Each new & renewing coach must have all items below:

Check your local chapter of the Red Cross for CPR and In-water Safety Training.  All other courses can be accessed through SWIMS 3.0. 

  • Acceptable Safety Courses: CPR, In-Water Safety Training (lifeguarding) and on-line Coaches Safety Training
    • These certificates must be sent to your respective LSC registrar for updating your SWIMS 3.0 account
  • Quality Coaching Framework
  • USA Swimming Background Check
  • USA Swimming Athlete Protection Test
  • USA Swimming USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial
    • The previous 4 courses are updated automatically in SWIMS 3.0
  • Concussion Protocol Training certificate
    • These certificates must be sent to your respective LSC registrar for updating your SWIMS 3.0 account

Course Descriptions:

Background Screening: All coaches, new or renewing, must have a current USA Swimming Level II background check. 

Athlete Protection Test: All non-athlete members of USA Swimming will be required to complete the Athlete Protection Test (APT) annually as a condition of membership. You MUST register before proceeding with the APT, as you will need your USA Swimming ID number.   To download your certificate and check your Safe Sport transcript, checkout the CSI Safe Sport page.  

USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial:   This 20-30 minute video course was added following discussions with the Age Group Anti-Doping Task Force and will be available on the LEARN platform, covering WADA code, checking medications, the testing process and a coach’s role in the clean sport movement. The latter is an incredibly significant element of the training that is crucial at all age levels. Renewal date for this course will be one year from completion date.

Safety Course Credentials: All coaches must submit current credentials to the registrar. These include CPR, First Aid, and Swim Coaches Safety Training. If your course was conducted by the American Red Cross, you now have access to an electronic certificate as soon as your instructor enters the information into the ARC System. To access your electronic certification, log in here.

Coaches may complete the Swim Coaches Safety Training in 1 of 3 ways as described here

Concussion Protocol Training - This requirement is new for all coaches and officials in 2020.  USA Swimming will now require all coaches and officials complete Concussion Protocol Training by January 1, 2020.

  • Courses from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), as well as individual states’ required courses will satisfy the USA Swimming requirement. Therefore, if you are a high school coach, you may have already completed the NFHS training.
  • For USA Swimming membership, coaches and officials must successfully complete concussion and head injury education at least once. 
  • This requirement is necessary to avoid personal liability for concussion/head strike incidents, ensuring our insurers will continue to provide liability insurance protection to USA Swimming, coaches, officials and clubs. Please direct questions about Concussion Protocol Training to George Ward at

USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching and Rules & Regulations Test: Prior to becoming a USA Swimming member coach for the first time, a coach is required to successfully complete the online course, Foundations of Coaching 101. Before registering to be a coach member the 2nd year, the coach must successfully complete the two-part Foundations of Coaching 201 course. (Effective February 4, 2013). Frequently Asked Questions ›