Connecticut Swimming

Athlete Membership and Registration


Athlete Membership is required for all athletes wishing to compete in Connecticut Swimming and USA Swimming meets. Athlete membership is annual or seasonal. 

Athletes Joining a Connecticut Swimming Club

Athletes who plan to swim with a CT Swimming club should contact the club directly regarding membership.  These athletes are registered only through the club, and not directly through the CT Swimming office.

Athletes Joining USA Swimming Independently of a Club

Parents of athletes with no affiliation to a USA/CT Swimming club should contact the Central Office for the "Unattached" registration link.   Athletes entering CT/USA Swimming meets independent of a USA Swimming club or coach shall: 1.) be under the supervision of a USA Swimming coach for the duration of the meet and it is the swimmer's responsibility to make arrangements with a USA Swimming member coach prior to the meet. Athletes unaccompanied by a USA Swimming coach will not be permitted on deck. 2) be certified by a USA Swimming member coach as being proficient in performing a racing start or must start each race from within the water. It is the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer's legal guardian to ensure compliance with this requirement. The name of the USA Swimming member coach supervising the athlete and racing certification should be submitted to the Meet Director with the entry into the swim meet.

Athlete Protection Training for Adult Athletes

The Athlete Protection Training Requirement for Adult Athletes went into effect on June 23, 2019.  

  • The APT requirement for swimmers aged 18 and above will be universally enforced at all sanctioned and approved meets going forward.  
  • Athletes may take the course at any time - they need not wait until their 18th birthday.  They should, however, keep in mind that the course is only good for one year from date of completion, so the earlier it is taken, the sooner it will have to be taken again.
  • Please note that the SURVEYS at the end of the APT modules are NOT optional, and members will not get credit for the courses until the surveys are completed. 
  • Helpful instructions for accessing and completing your APT module and downloading your certificate from Safe Sport can be found on the CT Swim Safe Sport page
  • Athlete Protection Training Requirement for Adult Athletes with Cognitive Disabilities

Important Athlete Registration Reminder to Club Registrars

See above note about registration.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  When registering members, the request for disability information must be noted as OPTIONAL.  It is a violation of the ADA to require individuals to provide disability information, so it’s important to update your forms to reflect that provision of this information is entirely optional.

Athlete Registration Reminders

All swimmers must be registered prior to entry in a USA/CSI Swimming meet.  Please read Registration Policy Regarding USA Swimming Competition. Before uploading a registration file please be sure any athlete transferring to your club from another USA Swimming club has be released, CSI Athlete Transfer Policy and then submitting an Athlete Transfer/Release Online via SWIMS 3.0.  Login to your SWIMS 3.0 account, on the right side click "General Info" (you may need to choose your athlete first if you are a parent), on the next page click the "Transfer" pill and follow the prompts.  

General Timeline: All "new" and expired athletes must be registered immediately. "New" is defined as new to USA Swimming and never registered with any USA Swimming member club in the United States. Renewing athletes must be registered no later than December 31, of the expiring year.  Renewing seasonal athletes must be registered at the beginning of the long course season (approximately April 4)

  • Note: Due to the 2-meet competition restriction, athletes should not be registered as Flex for the following year until they are done competing in the current year.

Seasonal Athlete Membership and Registration:

Seasonal membership is available for athletes only and is valid from April 3 through August 31. Athletes registered as "Seasonal" may enter and compete in Connecticut Swimming meets held April 3 through August 31. Seasonal athletes must purchase a full-year membership to compete in any meet at the zone level or higher. At the discretion of the sanctioning LSC, some out-of-state competitions may NOT allow seasonal athletes.