ASCTA administers the NCAS database on behalf of Swimming Australia and issues an annual licence upon compliance with State ‘Working With Children’ legislation and completion of ASCTA membership.
The link between learn to swim instruction and junior swimming coaching is an essential part of the coach development pathway. Swimming Australia has offered ASCTA the challenge of course delivery in this area and has transferred the former NCAS Green course content to ASCTA to commence delivery of Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes course (formally Junior Squad and Assistant Coach courses).
The aim of each tier of the accreditation system is to benchmark the competencies a coach should be able to demonstrate.
The accreditation levels are:
Bronze Coach – This is the ‘club coach’ standard in Australia. A Bronze Coach has been trained to plan, conduct, evaluate and modify swimming programs that will enable swimmers to compete at club / district and State level competitions. The Bronze Coach will work with a wide range of ages and abilities within a club or squad environment.
Silver Coach – This is the ‘performance coach’ and is the first coaching level where ‘swimmer performance’ is evaluated. The Silver Coach must complete an advanced course covering the theoretical aspects of coaching and athlete performance. The Silver coach will have demonstrated the ability to coach swimmers competing at State and National age competitions.
Gold Coach – This is the ‘high performance coach’ and is an advanced coaching qualification that includes a theory component, independent study and research, as well as demonstrated coaching performance. The Gold Coach will have demonstrated the ability to coach swimmers competing successfully at National open championships.
Additional to the above accreditation levels, Swimming Australia present the following qualification to our medal winning national team coaches:
Platinum Coach – This is the Gold Coach that has demonstrated competency to undertake coaching duties as a member of an Australian Team. Performance standards required of the Platinum Coach will include; medal-winning performances at World Championships and/or Olympic Games.
Coaches having entered the accreditation scheme are eligible to complete additional courses for coaching Open Water Swimmers or Coaching Swimmers with a Disability to gain knowledge and have their expertise in these fields recognised through accreditation in these specialist areas.
Swimming Coach Accreditation Pathway
Bronze Accreditation Course Syllabus
Bronze RCC Application
Silver Accreditation Course Syllabus
Silver Performance Criteria Application
Silver RCC Application
Gold Accreditation Course Syllabus
Gold RCC Application
Platinum Guidelines and Application
Update Form - Coach Accreditation