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Coach Membership Requirements

From the USA Swimming rulebook: “Anyone who coaches athletes at a USA Swimming practice or competition must be a coach member of USA Swimming and must have satisfactorily completed safety training, criminal background checks and other coaches’ education as required by USA Swimming.”

Requirements must be kept current at all times. There is no grace period; coach membership is not valid if any of the requirements lapse or expire. Coaches do not have USA Swimming insurance coverage if their membership is not valid. To help coaches manage their membership requirements, the date that each requirement expires is printed on their USA Swimming coach membership card, as well as being available on the Deck Pass phone app and through the online Club Portal. Additional information and links for each requirement can be found at www.usaswimming.org/coachmember.  (Click on Coach Membership Requirements for Approved Courses)

2018 NON-ATHLETE APPLICATION FORM

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING - Current and previous members can access the course at any time. New non-athlete members must register through their LSC first. New members cannot initiate the course until their membership application has been processed by their LSC, the office will notify you via e-mail when you are in the database and able to access the course.

ARC STSC on-line content only - how to find the course instructions

www.redcross.org/take-a-class

Step 1: Under "Discover Our Top Programs:" select – Swimming & Water Safety

Step 3: Scroll down to Safety Training for Swim Coaches, click "Find a Class" – “STSC Online Content Only” will appear on the next screen

YOU MUST SEND THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION TO PNS OFFICE as it is NOT auto-matched to SWIMS.  Note you will receive "progress report" at completion and then e-mail with link to produce digital certificate.  I must have the certificate (with QR code) either forward the e-mail so I can print or send PDF.

NEW SAFETY TRAINING FOR SWIM COACHES procedure effective August 20, 2013

10/8/14:  New procedure approved by Operational Risk Committee at 2014 USAS Convention can be used by coaches who need to renew STSC and do not have an acceptable lifeguard certification.  The skills sheet** can replace the STSC in-water skills session done with an ARC instructor and therefore can replace the ARC STSC certification itself IF accompanied by the STSC Online Content Only certification. 

SAFETY TRAINING FOR SWIM COACHES IN-WATER SKILLS CHECKLIST** - updated 7/18/17

FOUNDATIONS OF COACHING - **see note above re:  Rules and Regulations for Swim Coaches Test