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Membership renewal is required annually. You must do that through your Local Swimming Committee (LSC). There are forms and fee information on the LSC websites.
USA Swimming Membership is composed of four requirements:
*The expiration date for these requirements can be found on your Deck Pass Dashboard.
Though several states have previously passed concussion education requirements, USA Swimming will now require all coaches and officials complete Concussion Protocol Training by January 1, 2020. Your certificate of completion should be sent to your LSC to update SWIMS. Once SWIMS is updated, DeckPass will update a few days later
Courses from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), as well as individual states’ required courses will satisfy the USA Swimming requirement. **Many high school coaches will have already completed the NFHS training. These courses are provided free of charge.
This requirement is necessary to avoid personal liability for concussion/head strike incidents, ensuring our insurers will continue to provide liability insurance protection to USA Swimming, coaches, officials and clubs.
All officials must complete the basic requirements for non-athlete members – annual membership dues and application, annual Athlete Protection Training, background check every two years and concussion protocol training (generally one time only unless your state requires it more often). Beyond that, officiating certifications are based on LSC requirements – generally working a number of apprentice “shadow” sessions, passing a stroke and turn officiating exam online, and attending a clinic. Check with your LSC Officials Chair for the requirements in your area.