Coach membership

Requirements Checklist

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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; club insurance is also jeopardized by allowing coaches with lapsed certifications to be on deck.

To help coaches manage their membership requirements, the date that each requirement expires is printed on the USA Swimming coach membership card, as well as being available on the Deck Pass app and through the online Club Portal.
Membership Application
Complete and mail a non-athlete membership application to the address print on the application form.  Memberships are processed by each LSC (Local Swimming Committees).  Annual fees vary by LSC.  Application forms can be found on each LSC website. 

Foundations of Coaching
First year coaches must complete Foundations of Coaching 101 Level Course ($15). The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Results are automatically reported into the USA Swimming database upon successful completion.

Concussion Protocol Training
Coaches should take the concussion training to meet their state requirements. In a state where no such law exists, coaches can take the training through the Centers for Disease Control or the National Federation of State High School Associations. Certificates of completion must be sent to the LSC registrar for documentation.

Safety Training for Swim Coaches
The STSC requirement consists of two components: (A) an online course and test, and (B) an in-water skills session. The online component must be passed before taking the in-water skills component. Go directly to and complete the instructions on ARC web page.

CPR/AED Certification
Obtain USA Swimming-approved adult & prediatric CPR/AED certification. Certifiction must be kept current at all times.

Coaches who do not have access to an acceptable CPR/AED course or have taken a course that is not on this list can call their local American Red Cross chapter to challenge one of their Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED courses. The challenge involves passing the skills assessment with an ARC instructor without having to take the entire course. The ARC will charge a fee for each challenge. Call your local ARC chapter to set up a challenge.

Criminal Background Check
All non-athlete members must pass a criminal background check every 24 months. Please visit for additional information and to initiate the background check.

USA Swimming requires that individuals serving in the following roles become non‐athlete members of USA Swimming:

Athlete Protection Training
Athlete Protection Training: All non-athlete members must complete the online Athlete Protection Training course annually. The core course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is offered at no charge. The renewal course, offered in alternate years, is about 45 minutes long. When the course has been completed, the membership database is updated and the LSC is notified automatically.

New non-athlete members must register through their LSC first. New members cannot initiate this course until their membership application has been processed by their LSC. New members will receive an email as soon as their membership has been processed by the LSC.

USADA Coach's Advantage Tutorial
Current and previous members can access the course at any time. This course is offered at no charge. New members cannot begin the course until their membership applications have been processed by the LSCs. This course is renewed annually.

All coaches must complete the online USADA Coach’s Advantage Tutorial annually. The course takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is offered at no charge. Results are automatically reported into the USA Swimming database upon successful completion.

  • Verify membership status
  • Once all requirements have been met, an e-card will be made available.
  • Check expiration dates of all requirements
  • Present your e-card at meets.
Contact Us

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The LSC will be notified automatically when a coach has passed the background check, online athlete protection training, and the Foundations of Coaching exams.


Look below for many of our commonly asked questions to find your answer.  If you still need assistance, please reach out to us for more information.
What age can a junior coach be?

Where do I get a membership application?

I can't find the membership application online.

Is there a fee for the membership application?

Where does my membership application go?

How can I check my membership application status?

How do I replace missing/lost ARC certificates?

Having issues with the ARC site?

Where can I find the Safety Training Checklist?

How do I find approved courses for CPR/AED certification?

Can I take an online course for my CPR/AED certification?

Where do I submit my CPR/AED certification?

What is the cost of a background check?

Why is a background check required?

Who performs the background check?

Can I require others in my club to complete a background check?

Can USA Swimming accept background check by employer/volunteer agency?

What searches does the background check include?

What offenses does the background check look for?

How do I initiate the USA Swimming background check?

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