In an effort to ensure that all new clubs benefit from qualified coach leadership, USA Swimming requires the following criteria for Head Coaches of new swim clubs. Coaches can meet the basic requirements in one of two ways: a combination of education and experience, or for those with no experience, a purely educational option is available.
Completion of USA Swimming Background Check and Athlete Protection Training Requirement
Completion of the American Swim Coaches' Association Level 2 Stroke School, and completion of ASCA Level 3 Physiology School. Level 2 and Level 3 may be waived with three years experience working as an assistant in a USA Swimming member club.
Coaches needing the ASCA Level Two or ASCA Level Three tests must purchase the books or take the online course from ASCA at (800) 356-2722 and take the required tests through ASCA.
Article 501.7: Membership Responsibility