SURGE Strength is raising the standard of dryland training for swimming.


For the first time, swim coaches have the opportunity to work through a formal education process surrounding all aspects of dryland and strength training for their swimmers. After enrolling and passing the exam, swim coaches will be able to identify themselves as SURGE Strength Dryland Certified (SSDC).

The knowledge base gained will be evident to athletes, others involved in the program, and fellow coaches. Becoming SSDC will allow swim coaches to transform their dryland training into a strength of their program.

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By Becoming

SURGE Strength Dryland Certified (SSDC)

You'll Learn:

How to organize effective dryland sessions regardless of age, ability or equipment

What the most important injury prevention variables are in a dryland program

What the process of creating a season plan and writing dryland workouts should be

How to compliment dryland routines based on what type of training swimmers are doing in the water

What the different categories and progressions for exercises are so that you can tailor dryland to your swimmers’ abilities

What the best ways are to include mobility and flexibility programs into dryland and your overall program

What dryland equipment to buy that provides the best value and return on your investment

How to implement the assessment and testing process with your swimmers


The curriculum of the SURGE Strength Dryland Certification is designed to provide a foundational understanding of athletic development and strength training principles, as it specifically relates to swimmers and improved performance.

An individual that has successfully completed the curriculum and passed the exam will become SURGE Strength Dryland Certified (SSDC). This credential demonstrates to others that the individual who becomes SSDC understands the principles of a sound dryland program and can, therefore, lead their swimmers through a successful dryland training program.

Never before has such a thorough educational resource been made available to swim coaches and others interested in increasing their dryland training knowledge base.

Dryland doesn't need to be complicated. Through this process, you'll learn the principles for your swimmers' success.

Who should become

Surge strength dryland certified


Swim Coaches of any level or age

Masters Swimmers

Strength & Conditioning Coaches

Personal Trainers & Performance Coaches

Rehabilitation & Health Care Practitioners


Surge strength - foundations

Dryland Overview

Get the basic questions about dryland answered: Why do it? What are the goals of dryland? How does it translate into improved swimming performance?

Movements & Exercises

Learn how to categorize and progress exercises for any level of athlete you coach. Discover the critical rules to follow when creating dryland programs and the best mobility movements for swimmers.

Principles of Strength & Conditioning

Understand the time trusted principles of training that won't disappear with the next fad. See how to structure a dryland program to build a "swimmer's body" and enable a stronger back half in races, all while enabling improvement over a career.


Do you know all the variables you can alter throughout a season to allow your swimmers to improve? It's much more than just reps and weight. After this module you'll know that and more, including the different types of dryland workouts you should be cycling through and for how long in a season.

Surge strength - Applications

Assessment & Testing

Be able to implement simple and effective assessments for an athlete's movement and be able to test their athletic performance. Learn the general athletic standards you should hold your swimmers to and build towards, because how strong does a swimmer really need to be?

Creating a Dryland Program

Put your knowledge and what you've learned into action. Get guidance on how to create your dryland season plan and write daily dryland workouts for your swimmers. You'll get plenty of examples of each type to model your own after, including what to do once you get to taper time!

Training Specificity

How does dryland look different for 12-and-unders verses senior or collegiate level swimmers? You'll discover how to scale workouts for specific strokes, events and age groups from the little guys to the senior citizen swimmers and every age and ability in-between.


What equipment do you really need? You'll get those answers along with what equipment is the best investment and how to adapt workouts based on what equipment you have access to. This is often the biggest variable across swim teams so you'll be prepared for any equipment situation you find yourself coaching in.

The SURGE Strength Dryland Certification is an on-demand, self-paced, video-based learning experience.

This isn't just another certification where you read through a binder and mail it in. We take great pride in raising the industry standard for dryland training, education, and now certification. This curriculum and exam standard will continue that tradition.

The curriculum is broken down into two sections, Foundations and Applications, with multiple modules and lessons within each section. The sections build off each other as do the lessons within each module.

Once certified (SSDC), you’ll retain access to the curriculum as well as opportunities to continue your dryland education through the Graduate Level of the SURGE Strength Academy (admission is only extended to those that are SURGE Strength Dryland Certified).

The SURGE Strength Dryland Certification is delivered, consumed, and tested 100% online, so coaches worldwide can learn more to help their swimmers through dryland training.


Understand and implement the principles of a sound dryland program

Assess and test your swimmers’ movement and performance abilities on land

Confidently develop a seasonal plan and daily dryland workouts

Lead dryland training sessions for a variety of ages and abilities

Unlock the potential dryland can have on your swimmers’ performance

After going through all the curriculum and passing the certification exam you'll become SURGE Strength Dryland Certified (SSDC).

With this distinction, you'll demonstrate to your swimmers, other coaches, parents, the administration involved in your program, and even potential employers that you have a solid understanding of dryland and can be a valuable asset in this area.

In recognition of your achievement of completion you'll receive your certificate and be able to add the distinction of "SSDC" to your credentials, displaying your accomplishment to everyone.


How long does it take to complete and how do I access the certification?

It’s self-paced, online and on-demand for you to access anytime, working through the modules and lessons linearly. There may be opportunities for interactive study sessions and you’ll be made aware of those opportunities as they come up. You can login to your account in the SURGE Strength Academy to access the certification anywhere you have internet access. You can start the certification anytime, the average coach will take about a month’s time to get through all the curriculum, which totals more than 20-hours. There will be a comprehensive final exam you need to pass in order to earn your SSDC credentials. Once you’ve passed the final exam you’ll retain access to the curriculum for future reference.

Are there any CEUs associated with this certification?

Yes, hopefully very soon. We are currently in the process of having the SURGE Strength Dryland Certification earn CEUs through the NSCA and other similar organizations. By the time the first exam test dates are available this should be official, thus giving you the ability to earn CEU’s by becoming SSDC.

How does becoming SSDC help me? Is it recognized globally?

By earning your SSDC you’re demonstrating to all that you have a clear understanding of dryland. No matter where you live or what time zone you're in, earning the ONLY dryland certification for swimming will demonstrate to athletes, employers, potential employers, and stakeholders that you are a forward-thinking and evolving coach who has been proactive in their own coaching development and has a dryland knowledge-base that can provide an immediate positive impact. We have coaches from all over the world that are already earning their SSDC, proving that they have a firm grasp on the principles of successful dryland training and to the quality associated with RITTER Sports Performance.

What happens after I’ve passed? What if I don’t pass?

You get to put your dryland knowledge to use! You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your dryland education by joining the Graduate Level of the SURGE Strength Academy. Instead of a linear-type certification in the Graduate Level, there will be a plethora of mini-courses on various dryland topics, case studies, and other deep dives to strengthen your dryland knowledge. If, however, you don’t pass your final exam you’re allowed one re-try. After that, you’ll be charged a $100 re-take fee for each subsequent re-take of the exam.

Is there a discount for multiple coaches being certified from the same team?

Yes! If you have more than 2 or 3 coaches on your staff that you’d like to become SSDC, we love it! As a thank you to your team for committing to such valuable dryland information, we offer discounted rates. Contact us to let us know exactly how many coaches will be participating and we’ll provide you with the discounted rates.

Can I still have my team doing a SURGE Strength Program after I’ve achieved my SSDC?

Yes! While becoming SSDC will certainly provide you with the tools to create your own dryland program, you might just want another expert to take on this role so you can concentrate on in-water training. We are here to help! Of course, the greater the understanding you possess of sound dryland training principles, the more effective an online SURGE Strength Program will be for you and your swimmers.
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How is the certification different than The Hive or the previous SURGE Training System from RITTER?

Great question and we’re glad you’ve already taken advantage of one of RITTER’s educational resources. The Hive is centered around swim coaching education, specifically what the best coaches are doing when it comes to their in-water training. There’s also access to live events, some of which are dryland related. The SURGE Strength Dryland Certification is vastly superior in both depth and quantity of dryland information than in The Hive. It’s not just a few videos and a quick exam, enrolling in the SURGE Strength Dryland Certification is committing to greatly increasing your knowledge of dryland training while in a formalized curriculum with specific desired outcomes. As for the difference with the SURGE Training System that RITTER created a few years ago, that was based around a 2-day live clinic event. The principles and lessons taught there are definitely at the base of the SURGE Strength Dryland Certification but again the SSDC is much more in-depth and has even adapted some concepts that were first presented at that live event. If you have access to either of these previous RITTER resources and enjoyed the education, then you’re going to want to enroll in the SURGE Strength Dryland Certification. This will the best resource RITTER has created yet!


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