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AMS Coaches,

We have been experiencing a higher than normal number of last minute requests for coach registrations and updating certifications.  This creates confusion at the meets and results in coaches being denied deck access.  In an effort to alleviate some of the last minute scrambling we are establishing the following guidelines for updating certifications.

Effective immediately – the cut-off for updating coach certifications is the Wednesday preceding the weekend meet.  This includes:

  • Registration (form and payment in my hands)
  •  CPR Certificate
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches On-Line Course Certificate
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches In-Water Skills or Lifeguarding Certificate

Additionally – the following are recommendations for those items that clear automatically through SWIMS...

  • Background Check (takes 10 - 14 business days to clear – updates SWIMS and Deck Pass Automatically – should be initiated prior to expiration for current coaches, immediately upon hiring for new coaches – but no less than 10 days - or to meet start)
  • Athlete Protection Training  (takes 1 day to clear – updates SWIMS and Deck Pass Automatically.  Should be renewed prior to expiration for current coaches, immediately upon notification of registration for new coaches – but no later than Wednesday preceding the meet)
  • Foundations of Coaching  (generally clears the following day – updates SWIMS and Deck Pass Automatically.  Should be completed no later than Tuesday preceding the meet).

From USA Swimming’s Insurance FAQ’s:  “Coach membership requires completion of Safety Training for Swim Coaches (STSC), and CPR as well as completion of a successful background screen, Athlete Protection Training and, if applicable, coaches education requirement. All coach members must be 18 years of age. Failure by a coach member to renew the required certifications results in no liability coverage for the coach or potentially for the club.”

Please take a moment to check the status of all of your certifications through Deck Pass.  It reflects the current information on record in the SWIMS database.   If anything has expired or is expiring soon – please take care of updating it now.

Should you have any questions or believe the information on file for you is incorrect, please contact me.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Laura Hartman


I am glad to hear you are interested in becoming a new coach for Allegheny Mountain Swimming!

In addition to registering as a USAS non-athlete, you must complete 5 items before becoming a USA Swimming certified coach.
CPR
Safety Training for Coaches – 2 parts
Athlete Protection Training course
Background Check
Foundations of Coaching 101

Click HERE for the current USA Swimming Coach Membership Requirements

USA Swimming Non-Athlete Membership.  Click HERE for the non-athlete membership application.  Please complete and return to your club's membership chair along with copies of your safety certification.  If registering unattached - send the completed for and check payable to Allegheny Mountain Swimming for the registration fee to Allegheny Mountain Swimming, 17 Fieldstone Dr., Pittsburgh, PA  15220.

FOR Athlete Protection Training (APT), Background Check (BGC) and Foundations of Coaching (FOC) YOU MUST CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON THE USA SWIMMING WEBSITE AND ACCESS THESE COURSES FROM THERE. THE LINKS ARE PROVIDED BELOW.

Click HERE to find the the information directly on the USA Swimming Web Site.

Safety Certifications

CPR

STSC  Safety Training for Swim Coaches  (Two Part Certification)

Part 1:  Safety Training for Swim Coaches On Line Only Content. - on-line course taken through the Red Cross. 
Part 2:  Safety Training for Swim Coaches In-Water Skills - In person course taken with a Certified Lifeguard Instructor.  May use an approved Lifeguarding Course as substitution for Water Skills only

APT - Athlete Protection Training course

BGC- USA Swimming online Background Check

FOC 101 - Foundations of Coaching 101 

$15.00 - Foundations 101 is a 2 hour introductory coaching course required of all new USA Swimming member coaches. The course contains four lessons including the roles and responsibilities of a coach, effective communication, growth and development, basic stroke technique and swim practice design. This multi-media course is presented entirely online and includes a required test.

***Foundations 201 and Foundations of Coaching Rules and Regulations are also required courses in the USA Swimming coaches’ education requirement. These must be completed by the beginning of your second year membership renewal.

NOTE:  All certifications must be submitted to the AMS Registration Chair/Permanent Office by the Wednesday preceding a weekend meet.

I will be glad to help in any way that I can

Thank you.

Michael Kristufek
AMS Coaches Rep