About ASCA


Professional swimming coaches are the leaders in creating the best sport in the world.


The American Swimming Coaches Association provides leadership to American and World swimming at all levels.

ASCA develops and supports professional coaches and quality career opportunities in collaboration with its partners in the world aquatics community. We are an independent professional association based on a central theme of: “Leadership, Education, Certification.” We are dedicated to creating and enhancing solutions that are effective in strengthening and improving the coaching profession, American swimming and World Swimming.

ASCA plays a leadership role in evaluating past efforts, present concerns and future planning; and in proposing solutions in both the coaching and swimming communities. The leadership function is provided by synthesizing ideas and information from throughout the swimming community into a coherent direction for action.

The education function is designed to provide coaches with the tools necessary to build better swimmers and better people, with the most relevant of coaching information delivered by the most effective means such as clinics (including the World Clinic and Gold Medal Clinic), publications, home study schools and online.

Certification provides the framework for measurement of each coach’s education, experience and achievement in coaching fast swimmers. As such, it provides a professional structure to our coaching lives.

ASCA cooperates and collaborates with aquatic institutions and sport organizations to build the American Swimming Team, and move the sport of swimming forward in the world.

ASCA provides effective solutions to problems, and quality educational products and services to support this mission. ASCA creates future leaders in American and World swimming. ASCA members are valued in their communities; and are active in local, regional, national and international swimming organizations. We create and modify ideas, then champion those ideas that are most important for the future development of American Swimming and coaching, from the finest learn-to-swim program in the world (SwimAmerica) to elite swimming.

Why join ASCA?

What ASCA Offers to Members:

The American Swimming Coaches Association is a professional service organization based on a central theme of Leadership in American Swimming through Education, Certification, and Cooperation. We are dedicated to creating and enhancing progressive and highly visible programs that are effective in strengthening and improving the coaching profession and building a stronger swimming community.

Listed below are some of the many benefits of membership. If you would like to receive an information packet, please e-mail us at asca@swimmingcoach.org or call us toll free at 1 (800) 356-2722.

American Swimming Magazine

As an ASCA Member, you will receive to 18 educational publications annually. The ASCA Magazine is published 6 times per year and features in-depth interviews from respected coaches on stroke training, technique, sample workouts and much more. Sample titles:

  • “Breaststroke Techniques & Training”
  • “The Budget Process for Swim Clubs”
  • “Teaching Starts and Turns”
  • “Teaching Backstroke to Novice Swimmers”
  • “Classification of Swimming Training Sessions by Blood Lactate and Heart Rate Response”

ASCA Newsletter

The ASCA Newsletter (published 12 times a year) provides up to date information on the coaching profession, awards, and compensation. Sample topics:

  • “Coaching Compensation”
  • “Improve your Career, Your Sport”
  • “How to earn $40,000 a year”
  • “The Coach as Chief Executive Officer”

Journal of Swimming Research

The Journal of Swimming Research (1 time) is the only publication of its kind in the world. Technical swimming research and practical applications on a variety of topics, such as lactate testing, psychology, pool specs, and injuries. Scientist and Peer reviewed. Past topics include:

  • “Energy Demand of Interval Training for Competitive Swimming”
  • “Muscle Glycogen Depletion During Swimming Interval Training”

ASCA World Clinic More than 1,500 swimming coaches attend the ASCA World Clinic each September–it’s the largest swimming clinic in the world. Members receive reduced registration fees. Five days, 30 speakers and 100 exhibition.


SwimAmerica is our national learn-to-swim program, designed to earn you more money and act as a feeder program into your competitive team. SwimAmerica training sessions are held monthly, and program directors have earned as much as $30,000 in their own SwimAmerica program. Teaching Manual, promotion, business plan, and awards are just the start of what makes this program unique.

Swimming in College Directory

The Swimming in College Directory is for coaches, parents and athletes. A complete list of the over 500 college swimming/diving programs in the U.S. and Canada. This book has valuable information such as coach’s name and contact information, approximate tuition expenses,links to both school and team websites and more!

Discounts on:

  • Audios, DVDs and books
  • Enhancement Schools
  • Club Administration Seminar

ASCA Partners

The American Swimming Coaches Association works closely with the other swimming-related organizations, including:

  • NISCA – National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association
  • CSCAA – College Swimming Coaches Association of America
  • USA Swimming
  • YMCA
  • NCAA
  • USAS – United States Aquatic Sports

Club Assistance through Membership

Assistance program we provide assistance and advice to coaches and boards of directors on long range planning, the budgeting process, fund raising and coach-board-parent relationships.

Assistance from the ASCA Staff

As an ASCA member, we encourage you to call our staff with any questions or problems–from recruiting to insurance, workouts, salary negotiations, etc. Just toll free phone call away!

Current members ASCA current membership ranges from college students who aspire one day to become a coach; to coaches at the Age Group, High School, college, YMCA, Masters and summer league levels; assistant coaches, learn-to-swim professionals; and every Olympic coach since 1956.


ASCA Certification is designed to identify and recognize professionally prepared coaches on a national level. Join the 10,000 ASCA certified coaches who have moved up the ladder of advancement. ASCA Certification is based on your education, experience and achievement since the start of your coaching career. Available through home study or clinic presentation, ASCA provides five certification schools to aid in your professional development. ASCA also offers over 20 educational enrichment courses.

Team Record Holder Certificates

Quality, Blue and Gold, personalized certificates which provide motivation, continual awareness of achievement and team contribution. ASCA can personalize these certificates for you!

Recognition Awards

For more than 25 years, ASCA has offered national achievement awards: a motivational age group patch program for swimmers based on the National Age Group Time Standards.

How Do You Become a Member?

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