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Coach Certifications Extension Update

Coach Certifications Extension Update

USA Swimming is aware of local, state and federal regulations restricting access to attend required safety trainings for non-athlete members, including Safety Training for Swim Coaches and CPT/AED training. 

USA Swimming previously granted an automatic extension of these requirements through March 31, 2021, and then a non-automatic extension of these requirements through July 1, 2021. At this time, USA Swimming is further extending the exception through September 1, 2021 

Although in-person training is limited, athlete safety is paramount and thus is imperative for members to refresh their skills. 

This extended exception is premised on the following:

  1. The exception is available to current non-athlete members only and will not apply to new non-athlete members. 

  2. The exception is available only to certifications that expired after March 1, 2020. Any certifications that expired prior to March 1, 2020 will not be granted this exception. 

  3. If your certifying agency permits you to complete full certifications, you are strongly encouraged to do so. 

For certifying agencies granting certification extensions:

  • The member must submit any correspondence from the certifying agency including specific information about the extension and new expiration dates (e.g., provisional/temporary certificates, email notifications, etc.) to the LSC registrar. 

  • The LSC registrar will update the member's SWIMS record after receiving the required documentation. 

For certifying agencies not granting extensions:

  • In order to extend CPR/AED certifications, the non-athlete member must complete the online training portion of the certification course(s) and submit completion certifications to the LSC registrar. The LSC registrar will be responsible for updating the member's SWIMS record. 

  • In order to extend Safety Training for Swim Coaches, including lifeguard and in-water safety training certifications, the non-athlete member must complete the online training portion of the certification course(s) and submit completion certifications to the LSC registrar. The LSC registrar will be responsible for updating the member's SWIMS record. 

It is important to note courses which can be completed online, such as membership requirements and other certifications, must be updated on or before its current expiration date. These courses include Athlete Protection Training, background checks, Coaches Advantage Training and online Safety Training for Swim Coaches. 

Those who received the previous extensions to July 1, 2021 will automatically be extended to September 1, 2021 without any further action required.