Becoming A Coach

Step One

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 Two

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 Three

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 certification 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.


Step Four

Complete a pool skills session or equivalent course.

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 physically unable to perform the pool skills demonstration, there is an on-deck observation option (option B) available. If you choose option B, you will need to sign a waiver stating that you will not be certified to make a rescue and must have a lifeguard on deck during all practices and events.

If you are a current coach member in your last year of certification and you complete the course before your certification expires, your new certification 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 certification has expired, your new certification will be valid for the remainder of the membership year, plus the following two years.

Equivalent Certifications
If there is no USA Diving pool session available or you have taken a life-guarding first aid course, you may choose to provide verification of an acceptable equivalent course. Please check the list of approved equivalent courses to confirm that your certification will be accepted. As the expiration dates of these certifications may not correspond with the USA Diving membership cycle, please keep in mind your certification 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 contact Jason Baumann at jason.baumann@usadiving.org or (317) 237-5253 for assistance.


Step Five

Get first aid and CPR certification.

In addition to completing the USA Diving safety and risk management course, you must have current certification in first aid and CPR. Browse the list of approved first aid and CPR providers. (While it’s not a prerequisite, getting first aid and CPR certification prior to taking the USA Diving safety and risk management course in step four can enhance the course experience.)

Please send copies of both sides of your current first aid and CPR certification cards, certificate or class record of addendum by email to Stephanie Babcock (stephanie.babcock@usadiving.org), by fax to (317) 237-5257 or by mail to USA Diving, 132 E. Washington St., Suite 850, Indianapolis, IN 46204. These are the only three forms of documentation USA Diving can accept. Please note that a coach will not be covered under USA Diving insurance as a coach if any of the certifications is expired.


Step Six

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 certification 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 submitting current first aid and CPR certification, you are now a certified USA Diving coach member.