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March 23, 2020 - 2020 Olympics Postponed until 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until summer of 2021. They will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


March 23, 2020 - Coach Certification Requirements – Extensions

From USA Swimming:

Coach Certification Requirements – Extensions

As a result of the closures of many facilities due to COVID-19, coaches may find it difficult to renew some certifications. The following steps are being taken to assist with this issue for coaches whose Lifeguard Training, In-Water Safety Training or CPR/AED certifications expire between March 1 and June 30, 2020:

For agencies that are granting certification extensions

Submit the following to your LSC registrar:

Any correspondence from the agency that provides specific information about the extension, including the new expiration date(s). Examples of correspondence include provisional/temporary certificates, email notifications from the agency, etc.
A copy of your Lifeguard Training, In-Water Safety Training or CPR/AED certifications showing an expiration date within the dates stated above.

For certifications from any agency that does not grant an extension – USA Swimming is granting an extension until July 31, 2020, for coaches whose Lifeguard Training, In-Water Safety Training or CPR/AED certifications expire between March 1 and June 30, 2020.

Please note the following:

For CPR/AED and In-Water Safety Training certifications that expire during that timeframe, SWIMS and Deck Pass will be updated to reflect the new expiration date of 7/31/2020.
Programming changes are necessary and will be done as soon as possible. In the meantime, coaches may receive reminders about expiring certifications until the current expiration dates are rolled forward to 7/31/2020.
Any coaches who can renew the certifications listed above should send their updated certificates to their LSC registrar as usual.

It is also important to note that other certifications and membership requirements must be updated on or before their current expiration date for courses that are completed online. These courses include Athlete Protection Training, background checks, Coaches Advantage Training, and online Safety Training for Swim Coaches.

A link to the policy will be included in the monthly Coach Connection newsletter going out to coaches this week.


March 22, 2020 - Swim Swam Daily Dry Land Exercises

Go to: swimswam.com


March 20, 2020 - Olympics 2020 or 2021?

On behalf of all of its members, USA Swimming has officially requested a postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games until 2021.

Will other Federations do the same – will other Sports do the same – we have to wait and see.. but at least our governing body has made that initial request.


March 19, 2020 - Expiring Coach Certifications

USA Swimming is working with the American Red Cross to determine a game plan for coaches who’s certifications have expired or do expire during this crisis. Ae soon as they make a decision we will post it.