USA Swimming Safe Sport Programming


Policies & Guidelines

Fostering a Safe & Healthy Environment

USA Swimming strives to continually improve the programs and services it offers to its members. Some of the most important relate to the safeguards for protecting young athletes. In effort to continue to foster safe and positive environments within all our member clubs, we believe it is especially important to provide our member adult leaders with policies and best practice guidelines that help define elements of appropriate behavior and conduct. Read more...

Screening and Selection

The first line of defense

Background checks and pre-employment screens are critical tools to selecting the best possible people for staff and volunteer positions by USA Swimming clubs. All coaches, officials, and volunteers must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check in order to become non-athlete members of USA Swimming. Additionally, all USA Swimming clubs must perform three required pre-employment screens on any new employee. Read more... 


Training and Education

Free for all members

We can all help foster safe and positive environments by educating ourselves on the tragic issue of abuse. USA Swimming offers training for all members with specific training for coaches, officials, and other non-athlete members, parents, and athlete. You can start your online training today.



Recognizing, Responding & Reporting

The responsibility of reporting

Reporting inappropriate behavior is the key to stopping that behavior. USA Swimming requires any person with credible and specific information regarding misconduct or abuse to report it to USA Swimming Safe Sport Program staff. Read more...


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