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    Important News and Info

    STSC Skills Checklist  Updated 2.5.2015

    This skills sheet can replace the STSC in-water skills session done with an ARC instructor and therefore can replace the ARC STSC certification itself if accompanied by the STSC Online Content Only certification. If the coach cannot find an ARC instructor to provide the full STSC course, an instructor from one of the agencies listed on the Skills Sheet can work with the coach and sign the form. The coach must complete the STSC Online Content Only course, print the certificate and present it at the time of the skills demonstration. This new procedure was approved by the Operational Risk Committee at convention and can be used starting immediately by coaches who need to renew STSC and do not have an acceptable lifeguard certification.

    The coach and the instructor are required to sign the form and falsification of this document may constitute a Code of Conduct violation. It is not your responsibility to question the validity of the instructor's signature unless you have reason to do so. In that event, contact the agency that certified the instructor and try to confirm that the instructor's certification is valid and that the skills session did take place.

    A copy of the STSC Online Content Only certification and this signed Skills Sheet should be sent to the LSC Registrar; together, they complete the STSC requirement. The STSC expiration date will always be the one on the STSC Online certification because this one will always expire first.

    New Link How to Access the Safety training for Swim Coaches On Line Course/Test

    New link  on website for Fundamentals of Coaching Test

    First Aid - no longer a required separate certification (is included in the Safety training for Swim Coaches Certification now. Do not send copies of First Aid certifications.
    CPR - now good for 2 years unless course record states only 1 year. Do not have to be registered with USA Swimming to take CPR.

    Safety Training for Swim Coaches (STSC) - now good for 2 years - includes First Aid - ARC On Line portion costs $19 - Water component has an additional fee -  Results no longer sent to LSC Office  - you must provide on line course and test results along with an in water/pool component (Lifeguarding or ARC STSC in pool) May also include a bundle including CPR if done at a Red Cross Class. Do not have to be registered with USA Swimming to take these courses - they are ARC courses not USA Swimming courses.

    Background Check - Must be renewed every 2 years - On Line Fee - results sent directly to LSC Office - do not send your copy! Do not have to be in USA database to do the Background Check.

    Athlete Protection Training (Safe Sport - APT) - Effective 9/1/2014 APT must be renewed every 2 years. No Fee. Coach must be in USA database to complete this course. Do not send your copy.

    Fundamentals of Coaching - New Coaches must complete FOC 101, a USA Swimming on line test. $15 fee. Do not have to be in the USA database to take this course. 2nd Year coaches must complete FOC 201 and Rules & Regulations for Swim Coaches, $25 total fee, before they can register for their 2nd year as a coach. (no matter when the first year was). Must be in the USA database to take FOC 201. results are sent directly to the LSC Office - do not send your results.

    2015 Coach Membership Checklist

     2015 Accepted Safety Certifications List    Updated 3.26.2015

    2015 STSC In Water Skills Checklist  
    Updated 2.5.2015

     Safety Training for Swim Coaches Fact Sheet

     ARC Safety Training for Swim Coaches Explanation Chart


    Safety Training Certifications available from these providers:                            
    Bill Kirkner    

    Rahim Booth

    Jeff Taegel   

    Rob Fox        


    Fundamentals of Coaching 
      Foundations 101 is now required prior to coach membership (just like the APT and Background Check), A coach applicant does NOT have to have a SWIMS record to take Foundations 101. The course will cost $15.

      Click on the link then – as a non-member – scroll down to the very bottom of the screen to “Select a Course”. Click on that and the next screen asks “are you a USA Swimming member”. A non-member would click on “No”. On the next screen, click “Continue”. On the next screen, the only option is to pick Foundations of Coaching 101 and get started by providing payment information.
      Coaches renewing for their 2nd year must pass Foundations 201 AND the Rules and Regulations for Coaches. There is a $25 fee for the FOC 201 course, but there is no fee for the Coaches Rules & Regulations.                         

    Change in Red Cross CPR Certification:

    • The American Red Cross has changed the way CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications are issued. Certificates issued in a CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer course will now be valid for two years except for lifeguards whose certification will remain one year. The certificate issued for these courses will be a new certificate titled CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider - this is good for two years and is issued to people who are in a position to use CPR/AED skills on a regular basis due to job responsibilities. The certificate issued to lifeguards will be a new certificate titled CPR/AED for Lifeguards which is valid for one year.

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