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Registration Information

Registration consists of three (or four) parts: (1) USA Swimming registration, (2) Background screen through USA Swimming, and (3) USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training. You need to be current in all three parts to be in good standing. You can check your status on the USA Swimming website in your Deck Pass Dashboard. Here are instructions on how to do that.

USA Swimming and Potomac Valley no longer mail out registration cards to officials. You can print your own card using these instructions

USA Swimming Registration

PVS will pay the registration fee for returning officials that have worked at least ten sessions at PVS-sanctioned meets in the current year. Observed meet, approved meets, and meets outside of PVS are not counted. You will be notified if you qualify.

Some clubs will pay the first year registraion for their new officials. Please check with your club about their policy.

Officials Registration Form

Returning officials should not register for 2019 until directed by the Officials Chair.

Create a USA Swimming Website Acccount

(Only for new officials)

Create an account on the USA Swimming website and link your ID to it. This is required so you can do the background screening, the athlete protection training and take the online tests. Here are instructions for creating the account.

USA Swimming Background Screening

Even if you have a successful background screening for your job or another volunteer organization, you must submit to a background screen for USA Swimming

Initiate or Renew a Background Screen

PVS may reimburse you for your background screen fee. The Background Screen Reimbursement Request Form has all the details and eligibility requirements.

USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training

The Athlete Protection Training is a free, online course. It takes about one hour to complete.

Take the Athlete Protection Training

If your APT status doesn't show up in SWIMS within a day, follow these Instructions