The health and safety of members remains a priority for USA Swimming, both in and out of the pool. Unfortunately, bullying can quickly lead to a negative team environment and jeopardize that health and safety.
USAS Swimming Safe Sport program has launched an anti-bullying program to help increase awareness and reduce the risks of bullying and abuse. This new program provides resources for swim teams to prevent or address bullying, as well as an online training program, which is free to non-athlete members and focuses on the following topics:
- Defining bullying and the different types of bullying
- Problems associated with bullying
- How bullying happens
- How to prevent bullying
- Managing conflict between the individuals involved in bullying
“We have learned that education is arguably the most effective tool in athlete protection, including in bullying prevention,” said Susan Woessner, USA Swimming Director of Safe Sport. “We are committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all of our members. Part of the education process is to help our 400,000 members identify potential bullying, report questionable behavior and, most importantly, prevent it from happening in the first place.”