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Friday, August 25, 2023

Provisional Coach Membership Coming in September


* August 25, 2023 Update

Based on feedback from coaches and led by the efforts of the Coach Advisory Council, the Provisional Coach Membership option to Online Member Registration will be available next week on September 1.

A few reminders:

  • This membership is only available for new coaches or coaches who have been off deck for more than a year.
  • All coaches under this membership must be supervised by a coach member in good standing at a 1:1 ratio.
  • CPR is the only requirement which cannot be completed online, and must be completed by the end of the first year. All other requirements can be done online.

For further information, clarification or questions, please contact USA Swimming Team Services Advisor Beth Winkowski.

Based on feedback from coaches and led by the efforts of the Coach Advisory Council, USA Swimming is adding a Provisional Coach Membership option in the Online Member Registration (OMR), beginning September 1, 2023. The goal of this new membership category is to remove barriers to encouraging new coaches to enter our sport.

“This new membership category will be so helpful for new coaches to ease into the profession, help clubs retain coaches and lessen the expense.” – Marci Callan, Fairport Area Swim Team (FAST) and member of the Coach Advisory Council

Highlights of the Provisional Coach Membership:
  • Members can join in this category for a total of three registration years.
  • Requires only online training and requirements.
  • More cost efficient for clubs that choose to cover this cost.

Online Requirements:
  • Safety Training for Coaches Online
  • Athlete Protection Training
  • Background Check
  • Concussion Training
  • Quality Coaching Framework/Welcome to USA Swimming
  • CANRA (for California residents only)

Recommended (not required):
  • In-Water Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • Core Certification

The Provisional Coach Membership is not offered to coaches who have already completed the entire catalogue of training to become a coach, unless they stopped coaching, left the sport and then decided to return after multiple years away from the sport.

Questions on this new membership offering? USA Swimming Team Services Advisor Beth Winkowski can help.

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