For Parents and Swimmers

Safe Sport for Parents

Parents are a critical component to our overall goal of protecting children from sexual abuse. The comprehensive online programming includes information about how offenders operate, how to recognize and respond to boundary violations, myths and facts about child sexual abuse and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.

USA Swimming is committed to reducing the risk of abuse in swimming and increasing awareness of red flag behavior through its Safe Sport program. All adults working with athletes are responsible for creating an abuse-free environment. Here are helpful tips for how parents can help in that endeavor.

Visit Athlete Protection Education for Parents to take courses in Preventing Bullying and Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport.

Preventing Bullying: This course will teach you the definition of bullying, how it shows up in the swimming environment, and ways you can maintain a healthy and positive environment on the pool deck.

Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport: This course is designed for swim parents to understand the Safe Sport program and their role in working with the swim club to provide a safe, healthy, and positive environment for the swimmers.

Safe Sport for Swimmers

The Safe Sport for Minor Athletes Online Course is designed for athletes 12-17 years old and will cover the basics of Safe Sport, understanding the three types of boundaries, and what to do if you or someone you know is being harmed. Parents and coaches can use the facilitation guide in the course to open up a conversation about Safe Sport and healthy boundaries.