NEW & RENEWING COACHES

Begining 9/1/2022, all memberships are done online. 

Registration requires USA Swimming Account Access.

 

Contact your club registrar for the Online Membership Registration link specific for your team to complete your 2023 Coach Member Registration
 

Members who wish to be Unattached-Midwestern should contact the MW Registration Chair for the UN-MW registration link.

 


 

All USA Swimming-mandated education requirements are now accessible via USA Swimming University located in SWIMS.

To access USA Swimming University:

  1. Login to the USA Swimming website (http://hub.usaswimming.org)
  2. Select "EDUCATION" in the top navigation menu
  3. Select the applicable course from the list, add it to your cart, and complete the course
  4. Save a copy of your course completion certificates for your reference.
  5. For the following course (APT, BG and CAT), allow up to 48 hours for your member dashboard and member card to update.
  6. SCST-Online, SCST-In Water, CPR, and CPT completion certificates need to be emailed to the MW Registration Chair
  7. Completed Coach Education courses will appear in your transcripts section within your USA Swimming account

IMPORTANT NOTE: Until your member card shows you as being in good standing, you are not permitted to participate in any USA Swimming or Midwestern Swimming activity (including practice or competition). There are absolutely no exceptions, even if you believe you have met the education requirements.  

 

Not sure if your USA membership or certifications are current?

Login to your USA Swimming Account or USA Swimming App and click on your Member Card to see your expiration dates.

If you do not see your education requirements updated in your member dashboard or on your membership card, e-mail [email protected].

 

Mandatory Requirements & Training for Coach Members

(as of September 1, 2022)

ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING (APT) COURSE


You are required to take the course(s) within the "Athlete Protection Training" Certification provided by the U.S. Center for Safe Sport. Access to the course(s) can be located in your USA Swimming account under EDUCATION in the navigation menu.

The courses are offered at no charge through the USA Swimming University.  

Year 1: SafeSport Trained;  Year 2: Refresher Course 1;  Year 3: Refresher Course 2;  Year 4: Refresher Course 3;  Year 5: SafeSport Trained, and repeat.

Once you have completed these courses, your membership record will update with a new APT expiration date within 24 hours. Your APT will expire 12 months from the date you completed the certificate.

New members will be required to have their USA Swimming Online Member Registration and payment processed before they can access and complete the APT course.

 

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK


To be completed by all adult non-athlete members every two years. ($39 for new members, $18 for renewals). 

Access to the background check link can be found in your USA Swimming account under EDUCATION in the navigation menu.

Once completed, your membership record will update with a new Background Check expiration date.

 

USADA COACH'S ADVANTAGE TUTORIAL (CAT) COURSE


The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) provides required education for coaches available in the USA Swimming University. All USA Swimming member coaches must complete the "USADA Coach's Advantage Tutorial" annually. The course is offered at no charge.

Once you have completed the course and quiz, your membership record will update with a new expiration date within 24 hours. Your certificate will expire 12 months from the date you completed the certificate.

 

 

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL TRAINING (CPT) COURSE


State law requires that any nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity for which a fee is charged, must require all participating coaches and officials to receive online training consistent with the Concussion in Youth Sports online training program available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site. See more information (including the statute) here.

Training Resources:

Concussion Training (CDC)

Concussion Training (NFHS)

After completing the Concussion Protocal Training course, send the completion certifcate to the LSC registrar so your membership credentials can be updated.

 

SAFETY TRAINING FOR SWIM COACHES (STSC)  ONLINE AND IN-WATER


All coach members are required to fulfill safety training requirements as established by the USA Swimming Board of Directors. Must maintain a current certification at all times.

The STSC requirement consists of two components:

1.  Complete the ARC Safety Training for Swim Coaches Online Content Only course. You can enroll in this online-only course at www.redcross.org/takeaclass

  • Scroll down and Safety Training for Swim Coaches Online Content Only appears. 
  • Click on Sign Me Up.
  • Follow the steps of creating an account and complete payment.
  • Complete the online course and test
  • Print/save the course completion certificate with the QR code on it (not the test score results).
  • Email a copy of your STSC Online Content Only Certificate to the LSC registration chair.  

2.  Complete an in-water STSC skills session.  There are three options for completing the in-water skills session. 

  • Option 1: Print the generic STSC In-Water Skills Checklist (available HERE) and review the skills with an instructor certified by one of the organizations on the checklist;
  • Option 2: Maintain a valid lifeguard certification from an approved agency (list of approved agencies provided HERE)
  • Option 3: Take the full in-water skills session from an American Red Cross instructor.

After completing the skills session, send the completed STSC In Water Skills Checklist to the LSC registrar so your membership credentials can be updated.

Your STSC credentials will be valid for two years.

 

CPR/ AED CERTIFICATION


 

Obtain USA Swimming-approved adult & pediatric CPR/AED certification (must maintain a current certification at all times) 

 

The following list of CPR/AED courses have been approved by the USA Swimming Operational Risk Committee. Certifications from courses not on this list will not be accepted.  Online-only courses are not acceptable.  

After completing the approved CPR/ AED course, send the completed certificate to the LSC registrar so your membership credentials can be updated

 

COACH EDUCATION CERTIFICATION PROGRAM  NEW FOR 2022-2023!!! 


NEW COACH MEMBERS  (includes New coaches and current First Year coaches who will be registering for their second member year) are required to take the two (2) Starting Block courses.

  • Welcome to USA Swimming
  • The Quality Coaching Framework (QCF)

These courses are provided at no cost and must be completed prior to December 31, 2022.  

 

Access to the course(s) can be located in your USA Swimming account under EDUCATION in the navigation menu. Once you have completed the courses and quizzes, your membership record will  update automatically. 

 

Before the coaches second year registration, they must complete the Core Certification

The Core Certification is comprised of five (5) modules. 

 

Core Module 1:  The Qualities of an Effective Coach

Core Module 2:  Foundations for Developing Athletes

Core Module 3:  Furthering Athlete Development

Core Module 4:  Evaluating Your Season

Core Module 5:  Your Professional Journey

 

The modules are self-paced, and you are welcome to stop and start as your schedule allows. The modules do cost $15 each or $50 for all five. Be sure to complete the survey at the end of each module quiz in order to received credit for completing the course.

 

 

CURRENT AND PREVIOUS COACH MEMBERS need to take The Quality Coaching Framework.

This course only needs to be taken once and MUST be completed by 12/31/2022.  Access to the course(s) can be located in your USA Swimming account under EDUCATION in the navigation menu. Once you have completed the courses and quizzes, your membership record will update automatically.  

 

Additionally coaches are recommended to take and complete the ADM Age Group or ADM Senior certifications.

 

COACH EDUCATION CERTIFICATION FLOW CHART

 

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR COACHES COURSE



Rules and Regulations for Coaches course is required. Coaches can take the course and open note test any time prior to the 2nd year of registration. A current rulebook is the required resource. Use either a current hard copy of the rulebook or the online version.

 

This course is provided at no cost and must be completed prior to the second year of registration. 

Access to the course(s) can be located in your USA Swimming account under EDUCATION in the navigation menu. Once you have completed the course and quiz, your membership record will update automatically.