Action Required: Masters Swimmers Competing in USA Swimming
If you are a Masters Swimmer who has competed in a USA Swimming or co-sanctioned event, you are REQUIRED to complete the Athlete Protection Training certification by June 23rd to remain eligible to compete in USA Swimming events.
Click here to complete the survey. Remember, you MUST complete by June 23, 2019 to maintain USA Swimming eligibility.
Safe Sport Introduction:
There are a lot of great reasons to swim – at any level. As a life‐long activity, people often swim to have fun and spend time with friends. Swimming also encourages a healthy lifestyle and builds self‐confidence. Swimmers even benefit from the sport out of the water. They learn goal‐setting, teamwork and time management skills.
Unfortunately, sports, including swimming, can also be a high‐risk environment for misconduct, including physical and sexual abuse. All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with the values of USA Swimming.
Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well‐being. Athletes who have been mistreated experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, loss of self‐esteem and negative impacts on their relationships with family, friends and the sport.
Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause him or her to drop out of our sport entirely. USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members. We all must recognize that the safety of swimmers lies with all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at the club, LSC, or national level.