Coach Education

Becoming an Accredited Swimming Coach is your first step to developing the skills and confidence to assist your swimmers to become the best they can be. All our courses are engaging, educational and motivating and designed to give you a practical understanding of what it takes to coach swimming at any level.

Australian swimming coaches gain their accreditation through a multi-level competency-based training system that helps the coach develop knowledge and practical skills to improve their coaching ability over their career. The 3-tier coaching education and accreditation framework comprise the following levels: Development (previously Bronze), Advanced (previously Silver) and Performance (previously Gold).

If you love the sport of swimming, and you enjoy helping people become the best they can be, you can become a coach today. Contact learning.coaches@swimming.org.au for more information.

Become a Coach

  • Development Course
  • Our new Development Course replaces the previous Bronze Coaching Course and provides entry-level coach accreditation.


    About this coach

    • Successful Development Coaches create experiences which focus on the benefits of developing skills and increasing fitness. Their enthusiasm and encouragement provide extra motivation for participants to develop a love of swimming and sustain this interest over their lives.

    Coaching ethos

    • Development coaches have the knowledge and skills to help swimmers with technical and tactical development, goal setting and realising a sense of achievement by setting appropriate challenges while showing concern for safety and psychological comfort.

    Learning focus

    • The Swimming Australia Development 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.

    Course structure

    • The Development Coaching Course consists of an online component, a face to face workshop, and practical supervision and assessment by a Mentor.

    Accreditation requirements

    To achieve Development Accreditation, you’ll need to:

    • Complete the Development online course including assessment tasks
    • attend at a face to face workshop
    • complete supervised coaching and a practical assessment under a Mentor
    • have a current Working With Children Check
    • have a current First Aid qualification
       

    Premium ASCTA Membership valid until 30 June the following year is provided as a benefit of achieving Development Accreditation.

     

     

     

     

Improve my Coaching

  • Advanced Course
  • Our new Advanced course replaces the previous Silver course and provides Advanced level coach accreditation.


    About this coach

    • Successful Advanced Coaches bring out each swimmers ability by identifying individual needs and planning and implementing suitable training programs based on individual swimmer needs. They implement support systems that develop the individual swimmers physical and psychological fitness and maximises their performance.

    Coaching ethos

    • Advanced Coaches have an in-depth understanding of the skills, tactics and strategies required and focus on skill development and decision making in a competitive environment. They help their swimmers develop a wider sense of sporting ethics and nurture a love of competition while also encouraging a life-long love of the sport.

    Learning focus

    • The Swimming Australia Advanced Coaching Course focuses on continuous improvement in coaching skill, education and promotion of participation in competitive swimming at regional, state and national age competitions.

    Course structure

    • The Advanced Coaching Course consists of 7 online modules, online assessments, submission of assignments tasks, several face to face workshops, and practical coaching hours under a Mentor. The full course will require 6-12 months to complete all requirements.

    Accreditation requirements

    To achieve Advanced Accreditation, you’ll need to:

    • completion of the Advanced Coaching online course including online assessments and assignments submissions
    • attendance at several face to face workshops
    • completion of practical coaching hours under the guidance of a mentor
    • current Working With Children Check
    • current First Aid qualification
    • current ASCTA membership

    To enrol or find out more

    • The new Advanced Coaching Course opens for enrolment on 1st April 2019. To express your interest and register for a workshop at the ASCTA convention click below:

     

     

     

     

  • Performance Course
  • Our new Performance Course replaces the previous Gold course and provides performance level coach accreditation.


    About this coach

    • Successful Performance Coaches develop people and structures to sustain success for swimming. They do this by balancing data and information with intuition and experience to make accurate evidence-based decisions under pressure. They trust their swimmers to take responsibility for their own performances, and they welcome feedback.

    Coaching ethos

    • These Coaches are resilient risk takers, strategic thinkers, influential leaders, trusted mentors, relentless learners, skilled facilitators and strong collaborators.  They are influenced by swimmer need and help drive the personal and social development of the individual alongside maximising performance.

    Learning focus

    • The Swimming Australia Performance 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.

    Course structure

    • The Performance Coaching Course consists of 7 online modules, online assessments, submission of assignments tasks, several face to face workshops, practical coaching hours under a Mentor and a presentation of a research project to peers at the ASCTA National Convention. The full course will require between 12-24 months to complete all requirements.

    Accreditation requirements

    To achieve Performance Accreditation, you’ll need to:

    • completion of the Performance online course including assessment tasks
    • attendance at face to face workshops
    • completion of practical coaching hours under the guidance of a mentor
    • current Working With Children Check
    • current First Aid qualification
    • current ASCTA membership

    To enrol or find out more

    • The new Performance Coaching Course opens for enrolment on 1st April 2019.  To express your interest and register for a workshop at the ASCTA convention click below:

     

     

     

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