New to USA Swimming?

Welcome to America's favorite swim team!

About USA Swimming

USA Swimming (USAS) is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States. USAS is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events, and education.

Membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success.  

Is USA Swimming different than YMCA Swimming

Yes! USA Swimming sets a standard of excellence, culture, and leadership in the sport of swimming. Coaches are held to a very high standard of training, certification, and accountability. The respective organizations also differ in philosophy, mission, and culture to name a few.

Families new to USA Swimming will also notice that meets differ. Most YMCA meets tend to be dual meets. USA Swimming meets are generally open to many USAS teams or members. These meets tend to be much larger in scale and longer in duration (think about a Y-Champs meet). USAS meet fees are applicable.

Annual or Seasonal USA Membership is required to participate in a USAS Club team. YMCA membership is required to participate in a YMCA swim team. Some YMCA swim teams also offer or require USAS memberships.

USA Swimming clubs that are not YMCA-affiliated, such as Tidal Wave Aquatics, do not require additional YMCA membership fees.