United States Swim School Association Membership Benefits

The US Swim School Association began in 1988 to fill a need in the swim school industry. Over the past 30 years, the association has grown to become the largest swim school association in the country, and is recognized by affiliated schools, instructors, and parents alike as the preeminent swim school organization in the world.

Currently, the United States Swim School Association has over 500 member schools in 43 states and 17 countries worldwide. Historically member schools have provided swimming and water safety instruction to over 500,000 students each year. Swim schools receive industry leading benefits as association members, including the latest training in water safety, swim instruction methods, leadership, as well as many other benefits that help establish and build each individual business.

Qualifications to become a member:  A “swim school” is defined as a for-profit enterprise organized for the primary purpose of teaching swimming at any age or secondary purpose of teaching swimming that derives at least 80% of its income from child driven programs. A publicly traded corporation cannot be a member. Effective March 1, 2020 all member owners must complete a background check on themselves as part of membership renewal or application.

Membership in the US Swim School Association is $448 per year for schools based in the United States, $448 per year for International Participating Schools (full member benefits) and $304 per year for International Affiliate Schools (access to education).  We encourage you to enroll all your additional school locations for $65 each to ensure they are listed on our Find a School directory. There is a one-time new member application fee of $30. All school memberships allow for an unlimited number of individual user accounts for swim teachers and administrative professionals from your school.

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Learn more about our Background Check member owner requirement here: https://www.usswimschools.org/safety-faq/

Membership in USSSA Offers You:



  • Private Facebook Group
  • Caring Community, support, celebrations, tours
  • Owners Circle Events – intimate learning and relationship building
  • Receptions, Dinners and Social Events at Conference
  • Alliances with Stop Drowning Now, Hope Floats, Australian Swim School Association (ASSA), International Swim Schools Association (ISSA) – USSSA to host International Swim Schools Spectacular (ISSS) in 2021



  • Online Courses on New Platform to Easily Train Staff
  • NEW Pre-K Course Coming in 2019
  • Infant Toddler/Special Abilities Workshops at Conference AND On the Go at Your Location
  • NEW Water Safety Marketing Tools in 2019
  • Average of 10 Hours Education at Spring Workshop and 16 Hours Education at National Conference
  • Webinar Series
  • NEW Women of USSSA Chats in March/Virtual Sharing Solutions in November

A Voice in the Industry


  • USSSA Infant Learn to Swim Statement
  • USSSA Treatment of Children in Lessons Position Statement
  • USSSA Code of Ethics
  • ISSA Position Statements: Why Swim Schools Are Vital, Drowning Prevention, Good Swim Schools & Force and Trauma Free Swimming

Information & Money Savings


  • NEW Upgrade Option – store your company documents, videos, files for your swim school employees within your my.usswimschools.org private online platform – $220 / year
  • FREE CareerPlug account with pre-built job templates and a configured hiring process to help evaluate your applicants; option to upgrade to full features at discounted member rate
  • 30% off Constant Contact
  • Discounted pricing on McLaughling Young Social Services for your staff
  • Discounts and Member Specials offer by supporting vendors
  • Ready Set Swim Quarterly Magazine
  • Monthly E-news
  • Exclusive Access to Vendors and Discounts
  • Industry Survey, Completed in 2018 & Available in Member Resource Pool
  • Additional Resources and Library Being Added
  • Facebook Page with Content You Can Share



  • Online Find a School Directory with Google Map
  • Marketing Toolkit
  • NEW USSSA Job Board hosted by CareerPlug
  • NEW Community Impact Committee, Developing Resources for Schools to Make a Community Impact
  • Alliances with World’s Largest Swim Lesson & Pool Safely
  • Industry Awards, Awards of Excellence, and Teacher Awards


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