Swimming Safety

As a coach, an official, meet director, or a facility manager there are numerous considerations to take into account to ensure that our swimmers, spectators and selves are safe while one the pool deck. Below are safety considerations to think about to make sure that all aspects of your program are running smoothly.

Safety Considerations for Coaches & Officials
Racing Start Proficiency Effective May 1, 2009, USA Swimming's Board of Directors modified the racing start rule 103.2.2 (which already provides that racing starts should only be taught in at least 6 feet of water) to further clarify that racing starts should only be taught under the direct… Go »
Safety Considerations for Meet Operations
Meet Planning (for the Meet Director) A major responsibility of a meet director, as representative of a member club hosting a swim meet, is to provide a safe venue for the competition. Safety planning is critically important in order to ensure that risks are removed or mitigated, and to organize… Go »
Safety Considerations for Facilities
Safety Action/Emergency Response Plans All clubs are recommended to develop a Safety Action Plan for each of the facilities that are used for their aquatic activities, whether for meets or practice sessions. In most cases, pool space is rented or leased from a pool operator, in which case… Go »
Safety in National Governing Bodies for Swimming
USA Swimming Safety Education Committee The Safety Education Committee is a standing committee of USA Swimming that reports to the Vice President of Local Administration.  Their purpose is to review USA Swimming's policies and procedures for safety considerations, as well as review… Go »
Concussion Avoidance
Every swimmer can respond to a brain injury differently.  Knowing the signs and symptoms related to a concussion will allow you to treat the injury before it progresses to something more serious. What is a Concussion? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a… Go »