Step 1:

Register to become a USA Diving coach member.

Register to become a USA Diving coach member. Please choose the appropriate level of membership for your situation. You may choose to save this step until the end of the process, but signing up for a membership first may make the process easier and will allow you to receive some valuable discounts and member benefits.

All coach members will be required to have a criminal background screening completed. This process takes 5-7 business days. The fee for the background screening is $16.00 and will be 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 and required text.

All USA Diving coaches are required to take a safety and risk management exam and safety training course. Prior to taking the exam and class (which you will register for in Step 3), we suggest coaches review the following materials as a reference. The following materials may be downloaded at no cost:

If you do not already have a copy of the USA Diving Safety Training Manual, Second Edition, you should purchase one now. This text (along with the free 2008 update) is required for the course and should be purchased prior to taking the online exam. The fee for the manual is $25 for USA Diving members and $35 for non-members. Click here to visit our online store to purchase the USA Diving Safety Training Manual, Second Edition.


Step 3:

Complete the safety and risk management training online exam and register for a pool skills session.

Sign up for the online safety and risk management exam by selecting a corresponding pool skill session (you'll sign up for the exam and pool session at the same time).

The online exam must be completed within 30 days from the day you register for the exam and pool session. The pool session does not have to be completed within the 30-day period. All participants are now required to pre-register for all safety and risk management training pool sessions. View course schedules and register here for your class. If there are no pool sessions that work with your schedule, you can take an approved safety and risk management equivalent course. You'll still need to register and take the online exam as well.

COMING SOON: If a coach can verify that the facility it uses will have a lifeguard on deck AT ALL TIMES, a coach can complete Safety Training Option B which consists of the online test and the completion of the online video.


Step 4:

Complete a pool skills session or equivalent course (Full coaches and coach instructors only; Introductory coaches are not required to complete the pool session).

Pool Skill Session
Remember to bring your receipt to the course as proof that you have registered.

The pool session consists of a DVD-driven lecture and skill demonstration followed by practice and skills assessment. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, as you’ll get in the pool for this portion of the course.

If you are a current coach member in the last year before your training expires and you complete the course before your training expires, your new training will be valid for three full membership years beginning September 1 of the next cycle (no lapse in certification). If you are a new coach or a coach whose training has expired, your new training will be valid for the remainder of the membership year, plus the following two years.

Equivalent Training
If there is no USA Diving pool session available, you may choose to provide verification of an acceptable equivalent lifeguarding course. Please check the list of approved equivalent courses to confirm that your training will be accepted. As the expiration dates of these trainings may not correspond with the USA Diving membership cycle, please keep in mind your training may expire in the middle of a membership year and will need to be renewed to remain in good standing as a USA Diving coach. You are also required to take the online exam once every three membership years.

For assistance selecting a pool session, determining if your lifeguarding certification is acceptable or for any other questions you may have, please email kristy.ford@usadiving.org or call (317) 237-5252 for assistance.


Step 5:

Complete concussion awareness training course.

Beginning January 15, 2016, all USA Diving coaches are required to have successfully completed a concussion awareness training course. Coaches may choose to take either the CDC or National Federation of High Schools on-line course. Each course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Once you have successfully completed the course, submit a copy of your certificate to kristy.ford@usadiving.org. Certificates dated earlier than January 2014 will not be accepted.

We recommend coaches also familiarize themselves with additional documents and materials on USA Diving’s Concussion Resources page.


Step 6:

Safe Sport.

Beginning August 1, 2014, USA Diving coaches are required to be fully versed in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Safe Sport Program and possess the information necessary to more effectively monitor their organization, to minimize the opportunities for child physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, and to know how to respond to concerns. The Safe Sport training can be taken when registering to become a coach member. Read more about Safe Sport training.


Step 7:

Membership.

If you chose not to register to become a USA Diving Coach Member prior to starting this process, you will need to do so now. Please choose the appropriate level of membership for your situation.

All coach and official members, as well as staff members, board members, life members serving as officials and other individuals participating in training camps, international trips and other USA Diving-sponsored activities will be required to have a criminal background screening completed.

This process takes 5-7 business days. The fee is $16.00. Your coach membership will be pending until you complete all requirements to become a coach. After successfully completing the USA Diving safety and risk management course, completing a background check and completing the Safe Sport program, you are now a USA Diving coach member.