Safe Sport is USA Swimming’s initiative to provide a safe environment for all its athletes.

 

ATHLETE PROTECTION EDUCATION

USA Swimming is committed to raising awareness about the prevention of abuse in sport.  We believe that the first step to creating an empowered team environment is education.  

 

Our training will help you:
- Understand the scope and effects of abuse in sport
- Recognize the signs of grooming behavior and boundary violations
- Understand how to establish boundaries and protect against false allegations
- Know how to react and report suspected abuse

FREE TRAINING FOR PARENTS:

Parents are a critical component to our overall goal of protecting children from sexual abuse. The comprehensive online programming 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.

FOR USA SWIMMING MEMBERS: Access the training for parents atwww.usaswimming.org/learn

FOR NON-MEMBERS: You can create a free non-member education account and access the training for parents at learn.usaswimming.org

Free Minor Athlete Training:

This course is designed for athletes 12-17 years old and will cover:

  1. The basics of Safe Sport,
  2. Understanding the three types of boundaries, and
  3. What to do if you or someone you know is being harmed.

Adult athletes of USA Swimming must take the full Athlete Protection Training.

USA SWIMMING MEMBERS may access the course via www.usaswimming.org/learn

NON-MEMBERS may access the course via learn.usaswimming.org 

Mandatory Training for Coaches, Officials, and Adult Athletes:

Beginning February 4, 2019, the Athlete Protection Training is provided through the U.S. Center for SafeSport.  The required courses are found on the USA Swimming LEARN site and will be renewed annually.

All non-athlete members of USA Swimming and all adult athletes (age 18+) are required to complete the Athlete Protection Training by clicking the link below. New members will be required to have their application form and payment processed by their LSC registrar before they can sign in to complete the course.

This certification is required for all new and existing members including coaches, officials, chaperones, meet directors, and adult athletes. If you have registered with USA Swimming for the first time, this is the course you need to take. 

The course is free of charge and, upon completion, should update in your membership record within 24 hours. Use the following link for further instructions and course access.

ATP Course

 

Safe Sport Mondays

Safe Sport Mondays is a program to launch a national conversation within swim clubs about everyday issues that clubs face.  Having regular short conversations about different team and Safe Sport related issues can strengthen a club’s values and open productive communication channels.

On the first Monday of the month coaches across the country read a scenario with their swimmers and have a short, 5-10-minute discussion about the scenario.

Safe Sport Activity Book

Utah Swimming Concussion Management

The goal of Utah Swimming Concussion Management is to ensure that concussed athletes are identified, treated, referred to receive appropriate medical care and are fully recovered before returning to activity.

To do this, Utah Swimming provides:

Education about concussions for coaches, officials, club leaders, parent, and athlete

Procedures for coaches, officials, and others to follow in managing concussions and head injuries, as well as athlete care and return to swim issues following a concussion. To comply with Utah State law, there are procedures about informed consent before participation.

Training Links

Parents:

Concussion Facts Sheet and Informed Consent Acknowledgement

Post-Head Injury Instructions

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Coaches & Officials:

Annually: ​Take a CDC or NFHS course on concussions OR read the Utah Swimming Management of Concussion and Head Injuries Policy Sections two (2) through four (4) that year AND agree to follow the procedures outlined therein.​

Utah Safe Sport Site

USA Swimming Safe Sport Site