Becoming a USA Diving Coach Member

Step 1:

Register to become a USA Diving coach member.

Register to become a USA Diving coach member. Choose the appropriate level of membership for your situation. Click HERE for membership registration.

All coach members are required to have a criminal background screening completed when applying for membership. This process takes five to seven business days. The fee for the background screening is $16.00 and is processed with your membership registration. Your coach membership will be pending until you complete all steps required to become a coach.


Step 2:

Study materials

All USA Diving coaches are required to take a safety and risk management online exam. Prior to taking the exam, please review the following materials as a reference. You can download them at no cost and use them when taking the exam:


Step 3:

Online Safety Training Course

While logged into your USA Diving membership account, visit Safety Training and click on Safety Training Application to take the online safety training course. Here, you will choose ONE of the following options:

Option 1:
Choose this Safety Training option if your facilities require you to have a separate (non-coach) lifeguard on deck at all USA Diving sanctioned events (i.e., practices, meets, clinics, etc.). Next, you will watch the online video and answer 10 questions. You will then take the safety and risk management online exam. You will also electronically sign off on a waiver confirming you are NOT the first responder on deck.

Option 2:
Take this Safety Training option if your facilities do NOT require you to have a lifeguard on deck during all USA Diving sanctioned events (i.e., practices, meets, clinics, etc.). Next, you will take the safety and risk management online exam. To complete Option 2, you will be required to upload a lifeguarding certificate from one of the approved courses. For a list of the lifeguarding courses accepted, CLICK HERE


Step 4:

Complete a concussion awareness training course

Take either the CDC or the National Federation of High Schools online course.  Each course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.  Once competed, submit a copy of your certification to kristy.ford@usadiving.org.  Certificates dated earlier than January 2014 will NOT be accepted.  

It is recommended that coaches also familiarize themselves with additional documents and materials on USA Diving’s Concussion Resources page.


Step 5:

Complete the USOC Safe Sport training

Complete the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Safe Sport Program.  The program is free and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.  The Safe Sport training can be taken when registering to become a coach member.  Read more about Safe Sport training HERE.