Connecticut Swimming

New Coaches


Coach Membership - New to USA Swimming

Coaches new to USA/CT Swimming should start by creating a login for SWIMS 3.0 with a link from their respective clubs.  If UN, contact the Central Office.  New coaches should note that USA Swimming requires many types of certifications from its coaches, and that ALL requirements must be met before a coach will be allowed on deck.  A requirements checklist, including links to complete each step, can be found here.

Each coach must submit all items listed below:

  • Fill out a membership application in SWIMS 3.0
  • Payment for individual membership
  • Once you create a login/account and pay, you should see what requirements you need via your dashboard in SWIMS 3.0.   On the right side of the dash click General Info>Requirements.  Some of these courses you complete through  SWIMS 3.0, some are Red Cross or from an outside entity.  These include the following. 
    • Athlete Protection Test (APT), Background Check, Foundations of Coaching Tests (FOC), USADA Coaching Advantage Tutorial and Quality Coaching Framework -  These tests are available through USA Swimming - SWIMS 3.0. Click the Education toolbar>My Courses or All Courses. 
    • CPR and Safety certifications may be obtained through the Red Cross and the cert emailed as an attachment to your club's CSI Registrar.  Course certificates are preferred, but certification cards and course record sheets are also acceptable.  Be sure to include both the front and back of the certification card.
    • Concussion Protocol Training - 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. Courses may be accessed at

Once your certifications are complete, you will be able to access a virtual membership card through SWIMS 3.0.  

After your membership is processed, please create a Connecticut FAST Coach My Account to access credential expiration dates, event applications, etc. Instructions

Coaches with questions regarding membership and registration should contact their club's CSI Registrar.

Coach Membership - USA Swimming Coaches from outside Connecticut

Coaches with valid USA Swimming coaches' credentials need only transfer their registration to CT Swimming.  You do this for yourself through SWIMS 3.0.  Inform a registrar and they will then approve.