Last Sunday I taught a course rarely requested, but one with excellent information and certainly invaluable for folks who supervise youth aquatic activities.

This course is Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches.  Ordinarily an 8 hour course, if you have taken it before or have been in the aquatic industry awhile, you can opt for the “Fast Track” which is a FREE online self-study, then 4-hour course with an instructor.

Sunday was a beautiful day in San Jose and at the Pioneer High School pool.  The course was filled with water polo coaches from Pioneer, Evergreen Valley, and Independence High Schools.  We spend about 45 minutes learning about injury prevention, aquatic emergency plans, and the basics of rescues.  Then we hopped in the pool to perfect the rescues for the next couple of hours.  Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning!

I learned that while East Side Union High School District in San Jose requires this training, San Jose Unified does not.  Although it could be conceived as “yet another” certification that teachers/coaches need to obtain, this one, I feel is well worth it as it prevents injuries and is valid for three years.

I’m adding a link to the USA Swimming site which has more information on this course, as well as our own Safety Training for Swim Coaches site.



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