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Become a member of the International Swim Coaches Association

Become part of a new culture of swimming based on proven scientific data and the experience of the world’s most innovative and successful coaches.  Certified ISCA Coaches stand out as professionals that are dedicated to a higher standard of excellence in coaching.  Only active ISCA members can be ISCA Certified Coaches–So for $75/year get started by becoming a member today!

ISCA strives to provide swim coaches the tools and education they need to excel in a profession that is constantly changing with new research and technology. By joining ISCA, members help support that goal and elevate professional swim coaching.

ISCA members learn from each other to improve the sport of swimming. All members are invited to attend the annual Hall of Fame Coaches Summit at a discount, where top-level coaches, scientists and researchers present information essential to success. These clinics provide a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most innovative minds in swimming.

ISCA membership can pay for itself! Our member benefits include discounts on team merchandise, useful coaching apps and gadgets, educational clinics, and more.


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ISCA Code of Practice

To the end of advancing the sport of swimming and empowering coaches with the best science-based education, all members of the International Swim Coaches Association agree to the ISCA Code of Practice.


To ensure the well-being of athletes in our care, making decisions in the best interest of the athlete, and respecting appropriate boundaries (physical, emotional, and situational) between athlete and coach


To represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities accurately to all parties, including athletes, parents, institutions, and all other sport stakeholders.

Process Driven

To commit to coaching improvement through continuous education and learning.


To communicate professionally in an honest, open, and respectful manner to all parties. We also will endeavor, in good faith, to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions.


To act colloquially among others, sharing knowledge and experience within our profession and working together to advance the sport of swimming.


To convey respect and appreciation between coaches and athletes of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a member of ISCA?

Sign up online here to become a member of ISCA today. Alternatively, you can fill out the Member Application and return it with annual payment via the post to:

International Swim Coaches Association
2721 Brambleton Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

What do I get for my ISCA membership?

ISCA membership entitles a coach to an annual membership in the organization (including an annual e-membership card) as well as access to the ISCA certification program.  Members also receive exclusive discounts with ISCA-affiliate partners and vendors, as well as special pricing for ISCA lecture events.

What does it mean to say a coach is, "ISCA Certified?" Is this special from ISCA Membership?

Beyond membership, ISCA certification provides a unique, two-tier standard (“Shield & Stars”) that clearly recognizes the commitment of a coach to continuous, rigorous, science-based coaching education, as well as his/her achievements in the pool.

The ISCA certification standard may be used to help employers identify exceptional candidates for their team, and also inspire coach-members to keep learning and help their athletes improve.

Tell me more about these SHIELDS and STARS. How do I increase my certification level? Where can I find out more about the ISCA Certification program?

Learn more about the ISCA Certification system on this website,

Does ISCA offer scholarships for the ISCA Membership & ISCA Courses.

We are unable to offer scholarships or financial aid. We encourage coaches to consult their team or local employer to help support the cost of any coaching education they pursue.

How much does ISCA Membership cost?

ISCA Membership is $75 USD per year, and valid for one year from the date of purchase. 

If I become an ISCA Member, does this mean I am an "ISCA CERTIFIED-COACH?"

No. ISCA members have unique certification rights with the organization, but are not automatically certified.

In order to be an official “ISCA Certified Coach,” a coach-member must achieve the minimum stated requirements—including completion of the science-driven online ISCA Core Education. See more certification information here.

How can I become an ISCA CERTIFIED coach?

After becoming a member of ISCA, you can get started on becoming an ISCA-Certified Coach by enrolling in the ISCA Core Education (B101, B102, SP101, SP102, P101, P102).

Once you have successfully completed the ISCA Core, you will be recognized as an ISCA Certified Coach at the first level—the Bronze Shield. Coaches can also apply for Star Recognition at any time following the completion of the ISCA Core.

I currently have another coaching certification under another organization, is my LEVEL transferable to ISCA?

Certain elements may be transferable.

The ISCA Core Education must be completed by all ISCA Certified Coaches (no substitutions allowed). However, ISCA may recognize coaching coursework completed under other institutions for ICE units towards a higher certification Shield. Please contact for more information.

What happens if I am an ISCA CERTIFIED COACH and do not renew my ISCA MEMBERSHIP?

Certified coaches are given a 3-month grace period to renew their ISCA membership and maintain their ISCA certification status.  After the grace period lapses, coaches will have to retake their core courses for re-activation of their former status.

If you are not ready to purchase the membership while online, then print and return the completed ISCA Membership Application by mail.