Do you love sharing knowledge, teaching others, and giving back to the sport you love? Do you get excited when a teammate masters a new technique? Do you always seem to be the leader of your workout group? Are you the one who writes the workouts? If yes, you might make a good Masters coach.

Masters Coach Certification

USMS provides an educational program for Masters coaches. The course, developed by Masters coaches, educates coaches working with adult fitness, open water, triathlon, and competitive swimmers. Whether you're new to coaching or are an experienced coach seeking professional development, the education program will help you make the most of the Masters Swimming experience.

The course is not a requirement to be a Masters coach. However, it is a requirement if you wish to become certified as a Masters coach. Coach certification comes with many benefits in addition to becoming a better coach and a better swimmer. Once certified, you’ll be eligible for our USMS-Certified Masters Coach designation.

Masters Coach Designation

Once you complete Levels 1 and 2, you'll receive designation as a USMS-Certified Masters Coach as part of your tuition for the remainder of the calendar year in which you complete your course. We recommend that you renew your designation each year when you register ($30, in addition to USMS membership fees) to ensure that you continue to receive the recognition and opportunities designed for our professional Masters coaches.

Coaches with the USMS-Certified Masters Coach designation are eligible for:

  • Name and current level of certification listed at on the USMS-Certified Masters Coaches page
  • Special partner discounts
  • Access to stroke drill videos on the USMS website
  • One-on-one support from USMS's club and coach services staff
  • STREAMLINES for Coaches monthly eNewsletter
  • Discounts on USMS continuing education courses
  • Hospitality passes at the USMS Spring and Summer National Championships (other requirements apply)
  • Select volunteer and special coaching assignment opportunities at the FINA World Masters and Pan-American Masters Championships
  • Teaching opportunities in the Masters track at the ASCA World Clinic
Questions? Contact us.