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    Important News and Info

    There are now 2 APT courses for coaches - one for First Year Coaches and one for Renewing Coaches - make sure you take the correct one! APT is good for 2 years.

    Click for the link to the new APT RENEWAL

    USA Swimming Safe Sport is excited to release the Athlete Protection Training Renewal Course.   We now have two courses in our Athlete Protection Training curriculum.  The two courses are:

     Athlete Protection Training New Member Course (APT)

    • This is the original APT that was released in 2011
    • Required of all new members
    • Must be completed in order to become a non-athlete member
    • Satisfies APT Requirement for 24 months

     Athlete Protection Training Renewal Course (APT Renewal)

    • This is a new course that will be released September 1, 2015 at
    • It is a 40-minute, scenario based course
    • It will be required of all renewing non-athlete members when their current APT certification expires
    • For members whose APT certification expires in 2015, the deadline to renew is 12/31/15. 
    • The requirement will be good for 24 months from 12/31/15

    2016 Accepted Safety Certifications List    Updated 1/11/2016

     STSC Skills Checklist Updated 10.30.2015

    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.

    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 has a fee - 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 year. 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.


    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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