The current list of registered YMCA Coaches for the Pennsylvania Region is here (available December 1, 2017)
The safety and certification standards for all YMCA swim coaches include current certifications in the following:
- Principles of YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving - e-learning course with a workbook component, available through the YMCA of the USA Learning and Career Development Center (LCDC) on the Y Exchange website at www.yexchange.org (set up or log into your account and go to the LCDC prompt to find the class). Only offered as e-learning. Allow 3 hours online plus meetings with the executive director, aquatics director and/or other supervisors within the YMCA. Arrange meetings well in advance. Cost $20.00.
- Professional Rescuer CPR
- First Aid
- Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches - coaches with a valid LIfeguard certification may use that as long as they also pass the online only content of the Safety Training for Swim Coaches course at www.redcross.org/takeclasses (in Classes, select Safety Training for Swim Coaches).
Please see the Safety Training Guide in the Coaches section for full explanations of each course/certification and the accepted training agencies.
YMCA COACHES EDUCATION COURSES
In addition to the required safety certifications (see above), all YMCA swimming coaches should complete the online Principles of YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving course. This is a requirement for all coaches to be on deck at any sanctioned YMCA meet, including YMCA National Championship meets.