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Safety Training for Swim Coaches Certification

Any one of the following courses will satisfy the requirement:

American Red Cross:
(All American Red Cross STSC certifications are valid for three years)

  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches (full course, fast track option, review or challenge)
    Information about STSC course options can be found at www.usaswimming.org/coaches - Education/Safety Requirements - Safety Training for Swim Coaches Test.

Lifeguard certifications listed below will be accepted WITH proof of successful completion of the online Safety Training for Swim Coaches test. For additional information and to take the test, go to:

www.usaswimming.org/Member Resources/Coaches/Online Testing & Certifications.

Print the confirmation email when you pass the test; submit it to your LSC Membership Chair WITH the required lifeguard card. The expiration date, for coach membership purposes, will be the earliest date on either the STSC email (valid for three years) or the lifeguard certification.

American Red Cross:
(All American Red Cross STSC certifications are valid for three years)

  • Lifeguarding with STSC online written test (includes CPR and first aid components)

  • Waterfront Lifeguarding with STSC online written test (includes CPR and first aid components)

  • Waterpark Lifeguarding with STSC online written test (includes CPR and first aid components)

  • Not acceptable: ARC Sport Safety Training, WSI, ARC instructor certifications, and certifications from foreign Red Cross chapters.

American Lifeguard Association:

  • Lifeguarding with STSC online written test includes CPR-PR and First Aid)
    (Three options: First Time Lifeguard, Professional Lifeguard Challenge, Lifeguard Recertification)

Ellis & Associates:

  • International Lifeguard Training Program with STSC online written test (1 year certification, includes first aid and CPR components)

  • International Lifeguard Training Program Instructor License with STSC online written test (12-18 month certification)

Courses offered by other organizations:

  • YMCA: Lifeguarding with STSC online written test

  • StarGuard with STSC online written test

FROM THE 2009 USA SWIMMING RULEBOOK:
Article 502.4.3 "Anyone who coaches athletes at a USA Swimming practice or competition must be a coach member of USA Swimming and must have satisfactorily completed safety training and background screening required by USA Swimming."