Development Course

McKeon and Coach

Our Development Coaching Course provides eligibility to obtain entry-level Swimming Australia 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 accreditation as a Swimming Australia Development Coach, you’ll need to provide the following documents into our sport management system Swim Central: 


To enrol in the Development Coaching Course

*Please see note at the top of the page

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


If you need assistance with course enrolment, please contact 



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