U.S. Paralympics Swimming

Camps & Clinics

The following are upcoming camps and clinics. Please check this list often as new events will be added and changes can be made to the ones listed.

Coach Certification Program

Current Course Offerings:

Level 1 U.S. Para Swimming Coach Certification

Upcoming Dates:

Colorado Springs, CO - July 14

Las Vegas, NV - September 7

Yucaipa, CA - September 14/15

Register:
Please note that to register completely, you must complete both the sign-up form AND the payment form.

Sign-Up Form
Payment Form

Overview:

Level 1 curriculum is a foundational level of para specific governance and knowledge for candidates to fulfill a minimum level of para-swimming education. Level 1 Coach certification parallels to the swimmer PSDM (Para Swimming Development Model) level of Foundations 1 & 2. The course takes about 3 hours to complete and is divided into six (6) parts. 

Target Audience:

• Coaches new to para swimming or those that have been out for more than a quad

• Coaches seeking continuing education for professional development in para swimming

• Adaptive sport coaches seeking to learn more about para swimming

• Support staff to Team USA

• Other stakeholders as part of continuing education in the para-swimming space

 

Pre-Requisites

• Current Swimming Resume

• Current USA Swimming or other organized swimming annual coach membership in good standing

• Current CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification

• Safe Sport Training (annual training is complimentary)

• Green Light (Clear) NCSI Background Check

• Concussion Protocol Training

• Current USADA CAT

• Signed USOPC Ethics Code of Conduct Agreement

• Minimum of 1-year experience in a recognized organized competitive swimming arena working with a diverse group of swimmers 

• Attend the Virtual or In-person quarterly offering of the Introduction & Orientation to Para Swimming Clinic and the Coaching a Para Swimmer Clinic in the same calendar year in which certification is being sought.

 

Coach Experiential Learning:

· Previous involvement as an athlete, coach, or volunteer in an organized swimming arena working in any capacity.

 

Key Learning Objectives:

1.    Discover the governance of para swimming

2.    Distinguish between the levels of development in the PSDM

3.    Identify the Levels of the Para Swimming Coach Certification

4.    Acquire a basic understanding of the World Para Swimming classification process and rules with exception codes

5.    Compare the levels of competitions and what standards may apply for meet entries

6.    Review the process of a disqualification and a protest in a para only swim meet

7.    Learn how to assist a swimmer if USADA shows up at the pool deck

8.    Model effective communication and advocacy in a coaching role

9.    Gain insight into practical modifications in and out of the pool in regards of biomechanics and training for optimal improvements through race analysis

10. Prepare the swimmer to be independent and self-reliant

US Para Swimming Select Camps are for athletes who have met the US Para Swimming Emerging standard or have met the appropriate USA Swimming Para Sectional standard (not bonus).  Athletes need not have been previously classified but should be signed up for classification at the event.  Select camp is intended to service athletes who are approaching national team status and focuses on delivering content to help prepare athletes for the transition to international level swimming as well as identify gaps in preparation which may be targeted for improvement.  For those athletes not classified, a medical documentation form is required with the application.  Camp will include both in water and classroom sessions and will be led by US Para Swimming staff and/or National Team coaches.  There is limited space for camp so we will prioritize athletes who have never attended a select camp before.