I don't know if I learned anything. I have had to deal with abuse situations and with sexual predators around 1/2 dozen times in my coaching career. I suppose this is a good program for those that have not had to deal with this stuff. It probably would have been helpful back in the day when I was just starting out as a coach.
The only thing that niggled at me was the notice just prior to beginning the training:
Failure to complete the athlete protection training course will result in your membership privileges being suspended.I just feel like the tone is intensely negative. A simple "you are required to complete this training-course before your registration will be accepted" would suffice. Does anyone else agree with me here? Am I just too sensitive? Oh well, it is done now.
I hereby officially state that my original fears about this program were off base. But I think some of my reservation about the program has to do with the tone set by USA Swimming. After all, we are working together to solve this problem. Please don't treat me with such a negative tone. I am not the enemy. I think the tone set in the actual training itself is perfect. Let's follow that tone.