USA Swimming launches SWIMS 3.0, with new services and a rebuilt time database

USA Swimming has officially launched SWIMS 3.0, a complete overhaul of their previous database and system. According to USAS, SWIMS 3.0 is designed to streamline administrative processes for clubs, swimmers, families and LSCs. The launch includes completely redesigned services and features on the USA Swimming website, as well as mobile compatibility and an all-new app for SWIMS, which will be available shortly.

Prior to the launch of SWIMS 3.0, USA Swimming was one of the only National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that did not offer online registration for swimmers and their families. Previously swimmer registration had to go through LSCs, now with SWIMS 3.0 swimmers and parents can register directly online. According to USA Swimming, this means the number of people using SWIMS will increase from around 300 (where it was before) to around 400,000 now that individuals can manage their own registration.

Clubs will receive their own unique registration link which they can send to the families of their new swimmers who need to register. Additionally, each club will have a QR code that parents can scan through the app to register.

This is just part of the business process changes made to USA Swimming as part of SWIMS 3.0. Until now, the vast majority of administrative processes that USAS clubs must complete (registration, sanctions, updating club contact information, etc.) had to go through their LSC. SWIMS 3.0 is designed to change that, allowing clubs to complete these tasks online directly through USA Swimming. According to USA Swimming, this should speed up the processing time for these services, lighten the load on LSCs and avoid the administrative blockages that many LSCs experience at various times of the year.

Another important change is that clubs will be able to apply for match penalties themselves via SWIMS 3.0. Prior to SWIMS 3.0, all match sanction requests had to be sent through the club’s LSC. This is designed to reduce the volume of requests an LSC must process and speed up the sanction approval process.

Another element of the SWIMS 3.0 launch revolves around the times database. USA Swimming has completely rebuilt its time database for this new system, which should be a significant improvement over the previous database. USAS indicates that the new database will not have the same issues as the previous edition, including cases such as duplicate times, mysterious times that cannot be traced outside the database, and wrong hours. This is designed to improve the accuracy of USA Swimming’s record keeping and for the use of swimmers, families and fans.

Finally, USA Swimming has provided video tutorials, FAQs and user manuals on the SWIMS 3.0 website, to help new users successfully maneuver the new suite of services it offers.