Safety Training for Swim Coaches

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This course helps to fulfill the Coaches Safety Education requirement for USA Swimming and Y USA with a 2 year certification. Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years of age by the end of the course and must be comfortable in chest-deep water.

The Safety Training for Swim Coaches course offers up-to-date content on safe sport policies, emergency planning and first aid, including:
  • Maintaining a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers
  • Preventing accidents and emergencies
  • Responding to ill or injured swimmers in water or on land
***This course includes both an online portion and an in-water skills session.

Safety Training for Swim Coaches certification can be met through a two-step process:

Step 1: Safety Training for Swim Coaches Online Content:
Individuals who are interested in taking Safety Training for Swim Coaches should complete the Safety Training for Swim Coaches - Online Content Only course. This course includes web-based delivery of content and an online exam.

Step 2: In-Water Skills Verification:
National coaching governing bodies including USA Swimming and Y USA require swim coaches to demonstrate in-water skills. The following Red Cross courses meet the skills verification requirement for these organizations:
  • Lifeguarding
  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding
  • Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches In-Water Skills Session

    See the chart below to determine which training option is required based on current certification status:
swim coaches table
Are you with an aquatics facility and interested in offering the blended online/in-water course?
Please contact your Aquatics Representative to get started.