Gulf Swimming Safe Sport Resource

USA Swimming Safe Sport



Committee Chair:  Tanja Avant: [email protected]

Safe Sport Recognition Program Questions, Suggestions, and Help:  Tanja Avant 


Safe Sport Best Practices

Best Practices for Safe Sport for Differently Abled Athletes


Safe Sport Reporting

USA Swimming: (719) 866-4578 Deal with a Safe Sport Concern 

U.S Center for Safe Sport: Use the online reporting form, call 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233) or find more information at 


Safe Sport Recognition Program The Safe Sport Recognized Club Program (SSRP) allows a USA Swimming member club to demonstrate its commitment to creating an abuse-free, safe, healthy, and positive environment for all its members. Using a web-based tool through their club portal, clubs can earn SSRP status by describing club procedures, uploading their policies, and verifying education and training efforts. Once completed, clubs receive a badge to display on their club website and will be designated as Safe Sport Recognized on the USA Swimming Find-A-Club online search tool. Contact Tanja Avant to get started.

USA Swimming Safe Sport Recognized Club FAQ



Safe Sport Education

For Individuals

  • ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING (APT) - Required annual training for Non-Athlete members and Adult Athlete members (18&O) of USA Swimming. 
  • Safe Sport for Athletes - Free, voluntary training for minor athlete members of USA Swimming ages 12-17. Your club earns points toward the Safe Sport Recognition Program when you complete this. Go to Choose Safe Sport for Athletes during the checkout process (it's free!).
  • Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sports - Free, voluntary training for non-member adults (parents, caregivers, non-member volunteers). Your club earns points toward the Safe Sport Recognition Program when you complete this. Go to Choose Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sports during the checkout process (it's free!).
  • Additional US Center for Safe Sport Youth Athlete Training Courses - free, online training sessions hosted at, designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers. Courses available for ages pre-K, K-2, 3-5, Middle School, and High School.
  • Athlete Protection Training for Adult Athletes with Cognitive Disabilities - USA Swimming recognizes that the required APT course may not be appropriate for some adult athlete members with cognitive disabilities

For Clubs

  • Safe Sport Mondays Safe Sport Mondays is a national program to launch conversations within swim clubs about everyday issues that clubs face. Having regular, short conversations about different teams and Safe Sport-related issues can strengthen a club's values and open productive communication channels. The goal - spark meaningful conversations and build strong, healthy communities within clubs. Once per month, coaches read a SCENARIO with their swimmers and have a short, 5-10 minute discussion about the scenario. For more information, and for a library of previously used conversation scenarios, click HERE
  • Also consider Coaching Boys Into Men and  Athletes Into Leaders  These FREE programs have been tested and proven by coaches, athletes, educators, and leaders to be a powerful tool for promoting respect, building team culture, supporting intervention, reporting abuse, and violence prevention. Each is ideally suited for Safe Sport Mondays. 


USA Swimming Model Policies & Guidelines

Mandatory Policies for Clubs

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) 2.0 - in effect 9/1/2021

USA Swimming Code of Conduct

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act - (COPPA)

Model Anti Bullying Policy

Model Photography Policy

USA Swimming Pre-Employment Screening    

Recommended Policies for Clubs:

Code of Conduct Model Policies     

Model Grievance Policy

Locker Room Monitoring Procedure


Safe Sport at Events Meet 360 is designed for meet hosts, meet directors, meet referees and meet organizers. This resource is "Safe Sport in a Box" and is intended to assist in creating a safe environment for all who attend, and will aid in

  • implementing preventative Safe Sport measures before, during, and after a meet
  • addressing Safe Sport concerns
  • complying with the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
  • Information, announcer scripts, and signs included to copy and use for locker rooms, deck, heat sheets, scoreboard.

Meet 360 Complete Guide

No Cell Phones No Cameras Behind the Blocks Poster

No Deck Changing Poster

Locker Room Conduct Poster

Respect the Boundaries Poster

Recognize, Respond, Report Poster

5 Safe Sport Meet Announcements for Scoreboard or Announcer

7 Safe Sport Statements for Heat Sheet or Scoreboard 

Code of Conduct Reporting Form


Safe Sport Impact Award - The purpose of this USA Swimming award is to recognize significant achievements by an individual or group who has contributed to the fulfillment of the Safe Sport mission to safeguard all members of USA Swimming from sexual, psychological, emotional, and physical abuse. Nominations can be submitted through May 31. All nominations will be reviewed, and a recipient is selected prior to the US Aquatic Sports Convention. The recipient will be honored at Convention. Safe Sport Impact Award Nomination Form