U.S. Masters Swimming has four levels of Masters coach certification. The courses for Levels 1, 2, and 3 are taught in classroom settings throughout the country by USMS-certified coach trainers. You must complete the USMS coach certification prerequisite before attending the Level 1 coach certification class. At the conclusion of the courses, USMS issues certification to successful candidates. The registration fee for the Level 1-2 class is $190. The registration fee for Level 3 is $225. (USMS designated Masters coaches receive a $10 discount during the online registration process.)

Level 4 is a portfolio-style application and has no classroom component. The body of work is scored on a point system and is based on criteria set forth by the USMS Coaches Committee. A Level 4 applicants must be head coaches or assistant coaches with significant responsibilities for their Masters clubs. At Level 4, we're looking for coaches to expand their influence and contributions beyond their clubs. There are opportunities to score points around clubs and their accomplishments (growth and retention, achievement in events, hosting clinics or meets, etc.). However, we're also looking for the coaches to achieve personal growth in education, commitment to leadership, and contributions at the local, regional, or national level of Masters Swimming.

Candidates for Level 4 must register and submit the Level 4 application, with supporting documentation, for the review panel.

USMS Masters coach certification does not expire and will be listed on your USMS member profile as long as your USMS membership remains active. If your USMS membership lapses, USMS will not list your coach certification status during that time. Once your USMS membership is reactivated, your coach certification status will be reinstated.

American Swimming Coaches Association

If you’re already an American Swimming Coaches Associationcertified coach and have completed the ASCA Masters track prior to Dec. 1, 2010, you’ll continue to have your Masters certification recognized by USMS, regardless of your current ASCA membership status, as long as you maintain your USMS membership. However, you’re invited to take these adult-specific courses, for which you’ll earn credits toward ASCA’s continuing education requirements. To become a USMS-certified Masters coach, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a member of USMS
  • Attend the Masters coach certification course
  • Successfully complete the end-of-course tests

USMS values ASCA’s service as an advocate for the swim coach profession and the sport of swimming and encourages all swim coaches to consider ASCA membership. ASCA recognizes the USMS Masters coach certification course and will issue ASCA Masters coach certification to their members who complete the following requirements:

  • Attend the USMS Masters coach certification course
  • Submit the following required documents to ASCA: the ASCA Certified Masters Coach application and the completed tests from any USMS coach certification courses. You may contact us to obtain the ASCA Certified Masters coach application after you complete the USMS Coach Certification course.

Email us if you have any questions regarding coach certification.