In response to member questions, USA Swimming yesterday released an update on how dryland workouts and remote coaching are covered under the organization’s insurance.
In short, USA Swimming’s release emphasized that activities not directly supervised by a member coach are not covered under USA Swimming insurance.
The issue is at the forefront at the moment, given that almost all of the nation’s pools are shut down in the coronavirus pandemic. Clubs are scrambling to re-orient themselves in the changing environment, sometimes pivoting to more dryland-based workouts, or even remotely-led workouts via videochatting apps.
USA Swimming’s announcement doesn’t specifically rule one way or another on remote workouts, but makes clear that USA Swimming’s insurance policy (which covers member clubs) does not cover dryland workouts where a member coach is not in “direct and active supervision.” In addition, clubs can actually have their insurance voided if a member coach is not supervising organized workouts.
By USA Swimming | Monday, March 23, 2020
Many of you have had questions about insurance and providing online instruction to your athletes. Below you will find information that answers some basic questions about insurance coverage. Additionally, we would like to offer some practical advice for those of you trying to maintain your connection with your athletes.
First and foremost, all Safe Sport policies, including MAAPP, apply and remain paramount.
Second, from the perspective of providing remote workouts to your athletes, please understand that our insurance is designed to provide coverage when a USA Swimming Coach is instructing line-of-sight supervised activities with athletes. If you are providing online instruction to your athletes in order to continue to collect dues and keep your team viable, this is a different business model. Our insurance does not cover this model. In this case, you move into the realm of a “Peloton” or other online resources. With that in mind, we urge you to work with your local legal resources to develop the appropriate disclaimers and additional operational requirements. (Every state has different regulations)
Finally, we pledge to continue to explore ways to assist, identify local and national resources, as well as work with our partners to help facilitate some of these changes in operation.
USA Swimming Insurance Program – Covered Activities for Practice
Several questions have been raised by coaches and clubs regarding insurance coverage for swim practices or dryland training activities, including dryland training at home due to the closure of pool and gym facilities.
Under USA Swimming member clubs’ insurance program with K&K Insurance, covered activities include:
Swimming practices, dry land training activities, camps or learn to swim programs where all swimmers or participants are members of USA Swimming, Inc. … and are conducted under direct and active supervision of a member coach. Dryland training activities means weight training, running, calisthenics, exercise machine training, and any other activity for which an insured has received approval from USA Swimming, Inc., or its authorized representative
To assist you with preparing various training activities for your clubs, please keep in mind the following:
The following activities are not covered by insurance:
- Dryland training that does not have direct and active supervision of a member coach
- Unsupervised dryland training by a third-party provider who has not registered as a non-athlete member, completed USA Swimming’s background screening, and Athlete Protection Training
- A swim or dryland practice by a coach who has an expired membership
- Any other activity that is not listed in the definition above
The following activities will void your insurance:
- Not having a USA Swimming member coach in good standing (including the expiration of membership or membership credentials) affiliated with the club
- Not having a USA Swimming member coach supervising organized workouts with a direct line of sight
- Having swimmers in the USA Swimming member club’s lanes who are not USA Swimming members (except for a tryout)
How does COVID-19 affect coverage, if at all?
- The insurance industry has not taken a position on this issue yet
- Each COVID-19 claim will be handled on an individual, fact-specific basis
- There is no exclusion for communicable diseases in the policy (i.e., it may be covered, depending on a fact-specific analysis)
- The insurer will question if the spread of disease at a practice or a meet is accidental or reasonably foreseeable by the club and coaches
If a swim or dryland practice is held in accordance with the above definition of a covered activity and local health department and governmental guidelines, then it should be considered a covered activity. Note however the terms and conditions of the insurance policy take precedence over this written explanation.