IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ADULT ATHLETES/ATHLETES SOON TO TURN 18!
Per USA Swimming requirements, all athletes over 18 MUST complete Safe Sport's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) training or they will not be allowed to compete.
Athletes turning 18 must complete MAAPP training within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
Learn more below or via the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training page found here.
FREE USA SWIMMING ONLINE SAFE SPORT TRAINING & RESOURCES
FIRST: Register to Access USA Swimming's Free Online Training/Resources
To access USA Swimming's Athlete Protection Training (APT) courses, you must first register on the USA Swimming LEARN page. By registering, you ensure that your training is recorded under Velocity. Easy registration instructions can be found here (in pdf):
How to Register for Minor Athlete Safe Sport Training on LEARN
How to Register for Parent Safe Sport Training on LEARN
Adult Athletes, Soon-to-be Adult Athletes & Non-Athlete Members
Adult athletes (athletes ages 18 and over), soon-to-be adult athletes and all non-athlete members of USA Swimming (i.e.: coaches, officials, chaperones, and meet directors) and are required to complete the Athlete Protection Training. It's easy: create an account (instructions above), add the "Safe Sport for Athletes" training to your bag, and you'll be ready to access the training.
Safe Sport's free online course for parents provides an introduction to Safe Sport, abuse, and reporting information. More information and access to the course can be found on the USA Swimming LEARN page. I t's easy: create an account (instructions above), add the "Safe Sport for Swim Parents" training to your bag, and you'll be ready to access the training.
Parents looking for more resources to keep your athlete safe can access the U.S. Center for Safe Sport’s Parent Training at no cost. It's easy: create an account here (instructions above), add the parent training to your bag, and you'll be able to access the training. Safe Sport’s "Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport" is designed for the parents of athletes of all ages. This course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe experience.
NEW RESOURCES FROM THE US CENTER FOR SAFE SPORT
Age-Appropriate Youth Athlete Training Courses
The U.S. Center for SafeSport Youth Athlete Training courses are now live! These resources include courses for children of pre-school age; grades K-2; grades 3-5; middle school and high school. These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.
Each course is hosted on athletesafety.org (here). Parent/legal guardians will need to create an account to provide consent for the minor athlete to access the training. Once an account is created a parent can choose a course for their child based on their actual or developmental age. Each course takes about 30 minutes to complete. A writeable PDF certificate is available at the conclusion of each training, and parents are encouraged to write their child's name on the printed certificate.
Additional Safe Sport Training Resources
The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides additional resources/toolkits for youth athletes, parents, coaches, national governing bodies within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements, and other amateur sports organizations. The Center's resources page can be found here.