USA Swimming Coach Requirements for Membership Renewal
PLEASE NOTE WITH THE DEPLOYMENT OF SWIMS 3.0 MOST OF THESE LINKS WILL NO LONGER BE VALID. ALL USA SWIM REQUIREMENTS WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF THROUGH SWIMS 3.0.
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 to access the new member application.
- Virtual coach cards are now available online through a Deck Pass account. Instructions.
Each renewing coach must submit all items listed below:
- Acceptable Safety Courses: CPR and Swim Coaches Safety Training
- Foundations Coaching Tests (Coach Education Requirement)
- USA Swimming Background Check
- USA Swimming Athlete Protection Test and USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial
- Concussion Protocol Training certificate
CSI coaches must renew their annual USA Swimming membership and submit payment.
- For renewing coaches: If your background check expires in the next few months or has expired, complete the USA Swimming Background Check.
- For renewing second-year coaches: You must pass Foundations of Coaching 201 and Rules and Regulations before renewing for your second year as a coach.
- Payments are made by credit card: MasterCard or VISA. Debit cards may be used if they do not require entering a PIN number.
- If you skip either the application or payment, your registration will be dropped and you will not be registered.
- You will receive an email confirmation of payment. Please keep this for your records.
- Allow up to 3-4 weeks for the background check to clear. There is NO grace period with regard to background checks. NOTE: Coach cards will be held if credentials are expired or incomplete. Coaches will receive a coach card when all requirements are met.
Background Screening: All coaches, new or renewing, must have a current USA Swimming Level II background check. Please read details and instructions.
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.
USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial: Starting September 1, all coach members will be required to complete an annual USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial (CAT) course by January 1, 2020. This 20-minute video course (presented in four modules) 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.
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 ›
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 email@example.com.