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SAFE SWIMMING

Lakeshore Swim Club (LSSC) is committed to protecting our swimmers by following USA Swimming’s Safe Sport guidelines. 

Mission Statement: LSSC is committed to safeguarding the well‐being of all of its members, with the welfare of its athlete members as the top priority.

Guiding Principles

  1. LSSC believes that every member should have a safe, healthy, fun sport environment.
  2. LSSC believes that every young person should be protected from abuse and safe from harm.
  3. LSSC believes that all non‐athlete members share a collective responsibility to protect our children.
  4. LSSC will make available training for all members to increase awareness and understanding of athlete protection policies and best practices.  LSSC will provide a process for members to recognize and respond to any Safe Sport issues that arise.
  5. LSSC will provide resources, information, and guidance on Safe Sport related issues to all members, including coaches, parents and athletes.
  6. LSSC will treat all allegations of abuse or concerns regarding athlete safety seriously and will respond appropriately and as prescribed by the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.

Safe Sport Handbook

The Safe Sport Handbook is available here.

First Line of Defense

Background checks and pre-employment screens are critical tools to selecting the best possible people for staff and volunteer positions by LSSC. All LSSC coaches, officials, and volunteers must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check in order to become non-athlete members of LSSC. Additionally, LSSC conducts three required pre-employment screens on any new employee.

Parent & Athlete Education

Both parents and athletes are critical components to our overall goal to protecting children from abuse.  This online training content includes information about how offenders operate; how to recognize and respond to boundary violations, myths and facts about child sexual abuse and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.

Parents, please take the USA Swimming Free Parent Training to learn more (~10 mins).
To view the training enter:
LSC: Lake Erie Swimming
Club Code: LSSC

Athletes, please take the USA Swimming Free Athlete Training to learn more (~10 mins).  This training is required for athletes 12+ yrs old.
To view the training enter:
LSC: Lake Erie Swimming
Club Code: LSSC

Recognizing and Reporting

USA Swimming & LSSC requires the reporting of sexual misconduct by any member and strongly encourages reporting boundary violations, red flag behavior, and any other inappropriate conduct.

If you have been the victim of abuse or are have questions about your situation, please contact an LSSC coach, or Safe Sport Program staff, Susan Woessner or Liz Hoendervoogt, who can help answer any questions you may have.

The USA Swimming Code of Conduct requires any individual with credible information involving sexual misconduct to report that information to our Safe Sport Program staff. Providing specific information regarding abuse or suspected abuse helps USA Swimming to investigate the complaint, and, when appropriate, levy consequences, including revocation of membership.

Child abuse and child sexual abuse is a crime. If USA Swimming receives a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a minor, we will report it to the proper authorities. We urge all individuals to do the same.

If you want to speak to someone immediately, contact USA Swimming's Director of Safe Sport, Susan Woessner, at swoessner@usaswimming.org or 719-866-3589 or Safe Sport Program Coordinator, Liz Hoendervoogt, at ehoendervoogt@usaswimming.org or 719-866-3542.