How do I become a Swim Coach

Male coach

Swimming Australia have created the Swimming Australia coach accreditation framework. Coaches progress through the accreditation framework by completing the next education course, gaining experience in the industry and meeting requirements for accreditation at each level.

You can become a Swimming Coach by following the below pathway:

Pre-requisite – Competitive Swimming Teacher – this qualification allows you to deliver basic swimming squad sessions that are aimed at developing the swimmer’s technique and introducing the swimmer to the elements of competitive swimming. Enrol here

Development Coach Course – focuses on developing a broad range of introductory coaching skills and techniques while also promoting participation in competitive swimming at club and district level. Above all, this coach encourages participation, swimming for fun, play and skills whilst fostering a safe swimming environment.

Advanced Coach Course – focuses on continuous improvement in coaching skill, education and promotion of participation in competitive swimming at regional, state and national age competitions.

Performance Coach Course – is designed to develop the competencies required to not only coach elite level swimmers but to become a leader, a role model and someone who can help develop the next generation of coaches in the swimming community.

To become a Swimming Australia Swimming Coach, you need to complete the following elements:

  • Ensure that you hold the Competitive Swimming Teacher or equivalent qualification, find courses here.
  • Enrol in a Swimming Australia Development Coaching course, details here.
  • Complete the online Theory component.
  • Attend and be marked competent at the Practical Workshop.
  • Complete on the Job Practical Supervision at an Aquatic centre, club or Swim School.
  • Complete an Assessment workbook.
  • Conduct squad sessions in front of a suitably accredited assessor and be marked competent.
  • Provide evidence of a current CPR and First Aid accreditation, find courses here.
  • Provide evidence of a current Working with Children Check.
  • Complete the Swimming Australia Safe Sport Module and the ASADA Level 1 module.
  • Be at least 16 yrs of age – Please note: you will not receive your accreditation until you have turned 17 yrs of age.

Once you have completed your course, you will receive your first year of ASCTA membership and your industry recognised qualification, valid for three years. The holding of both will enable you to gain employment throughout Australia and Internationally.

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