Safe Sport - Athlete Protection

USA Swimming and Kraken Swimming are committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all our members. We have implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming. USA Swimming Safe Sport has works tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower LSCs and clubs to create the best possible environments for all members.

Full implementation of the Safe Sport Program involves six key components:

  1. Policies and Guidelines
  2. Screening and Selection
  3. Training and Education
  4. Monitoring and Supervision
  5. Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting
  6. Grassroots Engagement and Feedback

Athlete Protection Training

​USA Swimming and Kraken Swimming are committed to raising awareness about prevention of abuse in sport. We believe that the first step to creating an empowered team environment is education. Training is available for minor and adult athletes, parents/guardians, and members and non-members.

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

Mandatory Training for Members

All non-athlete members of USA Swimming and all adult athletes (age 18+) are required to complete the Athlete Protection Training. 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. Initiate the course by entering your information in the boxes below.

MAAPP Policy

In addition to the new mandatory training, USA Swimming has also implemented a new Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP).

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.

Bullying Prevention Training

This course is free and available for all, however it is geared toward adults.

Bullying behaviors lead to a negative team environment if not handled properly and quickly. Unfortunately, they can be alarmingly normal in youth sports settings. This course includes lessons on:

  • How to define bullying 
  • Why bullying is a problem
  • What the different types of bullying are
  • How bullying happens
  • How to prevent an athlete from being bullied
  • How to manage conflict between the individuals involved