Coach Education

Swimming Australia coach education courses are delivered via a blended format of online theoretical learning, face to face workshops delivered by subject matter experts, practical assessment tasks where coaches have an opportunity to demonstrate their applied knowledge, and practical experience under the guidance of a mentor.

All our courses are engaging, educational and motivating and designed to give coaches a practical understanding of what it takes to coach swimming at any level.

Our education courses provide coaches with:

  • an opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop valuable skills learning from industry experts
  • a measured pathway of learning with access to the right information at the right time relevant to their experience in the industry
  • flexible access via the online modular format
  • reward for investment in their professional development

Our education courses form the basis of 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.

If you love the sport of swimming, and you enjoy helping people become the best they can be, you can become a coach today. Find out more or enrol in a coaching course below.

For further details about coach education, contact learning.coaches@swimming.org.au.

Coach - World Trials 2019

Become a Coach

  • Development Course
  • Our new Development Course provides entry-level Development 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.

    Pre-requisite for enrolment

    • Before coaches can enrol in the Development Course, they must have held a Teacher of Competitive Swimming qualification for a minimum of 6 months (Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming or AUSTSWIM Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes).
    • This is to ensure coaches are tackling the right level of education, at the right time and with the right level of background knowledge and experience to be able to successfully complete the course theory and effectively apply the learning with their athletes.

    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 Swimming Aus Development Accreditation, you’ll need to upload the following document evidence to our management system, Swim Central:

    To enrol in the Development Coaching Course

    • Login or create an account on Swim Central
    • Go to Shopping
    • Search for Development Coaching Course enrolment
    • If any document requirements are missing, upload under My Documents

     

     

Improve my Coaching

  • Advanced Course
  • Our new Advanced course builds on knowledge gained since completing the Development Course and provides Advanced 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.

    Pre-requisite for enrolment

    • Before coaches can enrol in the Advanced Course, they must have held Development Accreditation for a minimum of 12 months.

    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 take 9-12 months to complete all requirements.

    Accreditation requirements

    To achieve Swimming Aus Advanced Accreditation, you’ll need to upload the following document evidence to Swim Central:

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  • Performance Course
  • Our new Performance Course builds on knowledge gained since completing the Advanced Course and provides Performance 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.

    Pre-requisite for enrolment

    • Before coaches can enrol in the Performance Course, they must have held Advanced Accreditation for a minimum of 24 months.

    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 to peers at a state or national conference. The full course will take approximately 18-24 months to complete all requirements.

    Accreditation requirements

    To achieve Swimming Aus Performance Accreditation, you’ll need to upload the following document evidence to Swim Central:

    To enrol in the Performance Coaching Course

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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