Becoming a Coach

All coaches that coach for Middle Atlantic and USA Swimming member clubs must complete USA Swimming certification requirements.

The pre-employment screening program requires clubs to conduct past employment reference checks, verify the highest held level of education, and acquire a state motor vehicle report. Clubs are also encouraged to complete a social network search; and search engine search. Click here to learn more about the program or initiate a pre-employment screening.

More details on USA Swimming’s Coaching Requirements.

Second Year Coaches

Second year coaches must complete USA Swimming’s Foundations  of Coaching 201 and Rules and Regulation course prior to renewing their registration.


  • Background Checks must be renewed every 2 years

  • CPR/AED Certification must be renewed every 2 years

  • STSC Certification must be renewed every 2 years both in-water and online requirements

  • APT requirement annually

  • CAT requirement annually

Requirements must be kept current at all times. There is no grace period; coach membership is not valid if any of the requirements lapse or expire. Coaches do not have USA Swimming insurance coverage if their membership is not valid. To help coaches manage their membership requirements, the date that each requirement expires is printed on their USA Swimming coach membership card, as well as being available on the Deck Pass phone app and through the online Club Portal. Additional information and links for each requirement can be found here.

Job Openings

See current openings for swim coaches at MA Swimming member clubs.