U.S. Paralympics Swimming

Para Swimming Coach Certification Program (PSCC)

 

Coach Certification Course Program Overview

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Learn How to:

  • Help athletes move forward on their most important goals using sport specific competencies.
  • Coach athletes to achieve their goals by leveraging their sport specific abilities.
  • Help manage obstacles effectively and strategically by using their talents and strengths at a higher level of performance.
  • Increase your credibility and boost your professional development and the sport of swimming.

 

What is the PSCC?

The PSCC is the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Coaches Certification (PSCC) Course.  It is a course for swimming coaches who wish to further develop their coaching knowledge and skills to effectively work with para swimmers or to simply gain an understanding of the governance and differences that exist in the para swimming community.  The course is currently designed as a blended course of presentations on-line, in-person educational training and video that includes experiential learning.  There are Four (4) certification Levels.  Prerequisites are also required for each level.

 

Why the PSCC?

The PSCC is a part of the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Program under the USOPC.  It is the only program of its type for para swimming with unique understanding of the fundamental challenges and concerns that coaches deal with in their daily settings when including an athlete with a disability. The learning curve into the para swimming world can be shortened dramatically and the performance of all stakeholders increased when support and education is provided by the organization responsible for the U.S. Paralympics Swimming team.

 

Who is the organization behind the program?

The USOPC is the ultimate stakeholder and its donors and sponsors.  U.S. Paralympics Swimming is the program creator responsible for operating the certification program. 

 

Are there prerequisites for the PSCC Course?

Yes, the prerequisites are basic knowledge and requirements of coaches in the sport of swimming.  Each level will require similar basics including the attendance at an in-person or virtual Introduction and Orientation to Para Swimming and Coaching a Para Swimmer.  As the coach moves through the different levels of certification the requisites relate to the level of para swimmer being coached. 

Is the PSCC Course applicable to USA, YMCA, High School, Collegiate, Masters or Adaptive Sport Coaches?  YES!  Your work with swimmers is instrumental in the development and inclusion of para-swimmers in competitive swimming programs.  A key objective of the certification program is making the program assessable to any coach within a swimming arena to improve the experience and progress of swimmers with a disability.

 

 

For more information about each Level of certification, the dates and locations being offered and registration information, click the level below.

Para Swimming Coach Certification Program (PSCC)

Level 1

Upcoming dates and registration information:

December 14th, 2022 - Location and more information coming soon

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. It is designed as an entry level course to coaching a swimmer with a disability.  The course takes approximately 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)
    • Current Clear NCSI Background Check
    • Concussion Protocol Training
    • Current USADA CAT
  • 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.

 

Course Content:

Part 1: Governance and the basics of para swimming

  • Introduction to USOPC, Para Swimming Develop Model, and the Coach Certification Program Levels
  • The International Process of World Para Swimming Classification & Technical Rules:

    Competitions Levels and Standards for meet entries

  • Review the forms and basics of a disqualification and a protest in a Para only swim meet
  • Effective Communications & Advocacy

    Part 2: Coaching and practice skill development in and out of the pool

    Part 3: Stroke & Technical Development for a Para-Swimmer

    Part 4: The Basics of Physiology of Endurance Training for a Para-Swimmer

    Part 5: Optimizing Performance

  • The basics of Race Analysis & Strategies
  • Facilitating an Independent, Responsible and Self-Reliant Athlete

Part 6: Certification Assessment and Experiential Learning Completion

  • Assessment
  • Experiential activities if available

Para Swimming Coach Certification Program (PSCC)

Upcoming dates and registration information:

December 15th, 2022 - Location and more information coming soon

 

Overview:

Level 2 curriculum is a Foundations 2 and emerging level of para specific governance, development and knowledge preparing coaches to work with developing elite para swimmers.  The course will provide a fundamental level of expectations & standards of practice when attending para specific meets and clinics. This course will transition the coach and athlete into the next phase of development. The course will take 3 hours to complete and is divided into six (6) parts.  If available. there will be a pool component to this level.

Target Audience:

  • Coaches with Level 1 PSCC certification seeking a greater depth of para-swimming knowledge and experience and all current prerequisites.
  • Support staff to Team USA

 

Pre-Requisites

  • Current Swimming Resume (updated each calendar year)
  • 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)
    • Clear NCSI Background Check
    • Concussion Protocol Training
    • Current USADA CAT
  • Minimum of 2-year experience in a recognized organized competitive swimming arena working with a diverse group of swimmers
  • Successful passing of PSCC Level 1 assessment.
  • 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:

  • Current involvement as an athlete, coach, or volunteer in an organized swimming arena developing skills to serve various para-swimmers with a disability. Attendance at para only meet.

    Course Content:

     

  • Part 1: What it means to Represent Team USA
    • Media Training Basics
    • How teams are selected for World Series Meets, Pan American Games, World Championships and Paralympic Games
    • Travel Expectations of the USOPC for both Coaches and Athletes
      • Passport
      • Staff roles and responsibilities
    • USADA Basics
      • TUE’s
  • Part 2: Advanced stroke & technical development for a para-swimmer
    • Using the rules and exceptions to improve stroke development
  • Part 3: Physiology of endurance training for a para-swimmer
    • Energy Systems with adaptations
      • Benchmarks
  • Part 4: Communication and Team building
    • Coach DISC profile
    • How to use assessments in coaching
    • How to use feedback for coach and athlete improvement
    • Providing performance feedback to the athlete through several mechanisms.
  • Part 5: Optimal Performance
    • Race Analysis & Strategies
      • Components of a race= the measurables
      • Return on investment
    • Facilitating a self-reliant athlete
      • Expectations of meet preparation and recovery
  • Part 6: Certification Assessment and Experience Completion

Upcoming dates and registration information:

December 15th, 2022 - Location and more information coming soon

 

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