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Q: Does USMS have a Level 4 coach certification class?

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Q: Does USMS have a Level 4 Masters coach certification class?

A: The USMS Coaches Committee has developed criteria for awarding Masters coaches a "USMS Level 4 Certified Masters Coach" designation. This designation will not be earned by taking a class, but by fulfilling a list of requirements that reflect the values of U. S. Masters Swimming in the areas of:

  • Contribution
  • Achievement
  • Growth & Retention
  • Leadership
  • Education

The prerequisites for applying for Level 4 certification are:

  • Must be a USMS Level 3 Certified Masters Coach
  • Must have at least five years of Masters coaching experience
  • Must hold current certification for: CPR, First Aid, AED, and Water Safety for Swim Coaches (or a Lifeguard Certificate)
  • Must earn a minimum of 650 total points from the categories listed in the application for certification

Coaches interested in applying for the Level 4 certification must register online and submit their completed application between July 1 and July 15, 2014. The registration fee is $50 ($40 for USMS recognized coaches). Online registration and application submission will only be open during this time period. Registration links will be posted on the usms.org website and in future editions of STREAMLINES for Coaches.

A review panel selected by the USMS Coaches Committee will review each application and notify applicants of the status of their application by August 1, 2014. If deficiencies exist, applicants may correct these deficiencies by August 15, 2014. Coaches receiving the USMS Level 4 certified Masters coach designation will be recognized at the U.S. Aquatic Sports convention this September in Jacksonville, Fla.

If the applicant cannot correct the deficiencies by the deadline, the applicant can resubmit his or her application (at no additional fee) during the next submission period scheduled in the spring of 2015.

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Updated June 25th, 2014 at 12:27 PM by Bill Brenner

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