Become a USA Diving Coach

Step 1:

Register to become a USA Diving coach

Register to become a USA Diving coach. 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 and is processed with your membership registration. The fee for the background screening is $16.00 through the end of 2018 and will be increased to $17 beginning on January 1, 2019. Your coach membership will be pending until you complete all steps required to become a coach.

Step 2:

Deep Water Safety and Risk Management Exams

All USA Diving coaches are required to take the Deep Water Safety and Risk Management online exams during Step 2.

While logged into your USA Diving membership account, visit the ‘Deep Water Safety’ Training tab in the left-hand navigation area and complete the Safety Training Application. Here, you will electronically sign a waiver confirming that there is a lifeguard certified through one of USA Diving’s approved Lifeguarding Courses on deck at all practices and sanctioned events.

(A current USA Diving Coach who is certified through one of the approved lifeguarding courses may serve as a lifeguard.)

After you finish the application, look under ‘Deep Water Safety’ and click ‘Take Training Exam’ to take the online Deep Water Safety exams (Safety Training Exam AND the Safety and Risk Management Exam)

Step 3:

Complete Concussion Awareness 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  

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

Step 4:

Complete the USOC Safe Sport training

Complete the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Safe Sport Program. The program is free and takes approximately two hours to complete. Safe Sport training (3 parts) can be taken by logging in to your USA Diving membership account and clicking on the Safe Sport Training in the menu.