Safe Sport

USA Swimming Safe Sport Program

Important Safety Information

Report Of Occurrence
The Report of Occurrence is submitted any time there is an accident or injury during such USA Swimming activities as Sanctioned or Approved swim meets, swimming practices, contracted Swim-A-Thons or approved social events. The online form does require that certain sections, indicated by an asterisk, be completed before it can be submitted.

CLICK HERE for the online Report Of Occurrence form to report accidents incurred by athletes or non athletes, members or non-members, to USA Swimming. Please report even minor occurrences such as bee stings, etc.

Upon submission of the completed Report of Occurrence, you will receive an automated email indicating that USA Swimming has received the form.  You should save this email as your LSC may require that it be forwarded to your LSC Safety Chair for reporting purposes.

Racing Start Certification
Effective May 1, 2009, USA Swimming’s Board of Directors modified the racing start rule, 103.2.2 (which already provides that racing starts should only be taught in at least six feet of water) to further clarify that racing starts should only be taught under the direct supervision of a USA Swimming member coach, and to expand the definition of teaching racing starts to make clear that no swimmer who has not been certified as proficient by his or her coach should be performing racing starts into less than six feet of water.

All clubs must ensure that all team members are certified and that coaches understand and comply with the certification process. Failure to do so could jeopardize club and coach insurance coverage.

Memo to Clubs and Coaches

Memo to Parents

Racing Start Certification FAQ

Racing Start Certification Form

Risk Management
Risk management is a key aspect of a club business operation plan.  Assessing risk and having a safety action plan for you club that is understood by all coaches, athletes and volunteers are major parts of a proper risk management effort.   USA Swimming offers many resources to our members in these areas.

Sample Safety Action Plan

USA Swimming Safety Loss Control Manual 

USA Swimming Insurance Benefits

Concussions In Youth Sports
Although not common in swimming, concussions can happen in the water and during drylands.

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free online training available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. The training was developed by CDC’s Injury Center in partnership and other leading organizations. It features interviews with leading experts and interactive exercises to help coaches and parents recognize a concussion and know how to respond if their athlete might have a concussion.

Coaches and Parents Will Learn:
• To understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,
• To recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,
• About steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
• To focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.

Remember, if you think an athlete has a concussion:
• Do not assess it yourself,
• Take him/her out of play, and
• Seek the advice of a health care professional.

Heads Up Online Training Course

USA Swimming Link

Mississippi Legal Link

Doping Control:  Supplements & Prohibited Substances
Doping Control rules are in place for all athletes. Individuals attending major competitions are subject to drug testing regardless of whether or not they are a National Team member, an Olympian or a first place finisher.
Doping Control rules can be confusing for athletes, coaches and parents, and it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified. Costly mistakes can be made that not only count against the athlete, but count against all of USA Swimming.
Doping Control takes place during competitions and with no-advance-notice (Out-of-Competition testing). Athletes must check the status of all medications prior to using them, and ensure that they have filed the necessary paperwork to be in the strictest compliance with doping control rules. Swimmers are subject to testing by FINA (the international federation for aquatic sports world-wide), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USA Swimming is responsible for the compliance of U.S. Swimmers with the rules and regulations surrounding doping control and does not determine who is selected for testing.


Dietary Supplements