Coaching Announcement 2019

Swimming Coach in Adelaide

Dear Swimming Community,

Swimming Australia and the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) are proud to jointly unveil Australian swimming’s new coach education courses and accreditation levels. This initiative will strengthen coach development for our sport, optimise performance and aid the retention of exceptional coaches across the country.


This redesign of the coach accreditation structure and course content addresses shortcomings that coaches and others have presented to us through independent consultant reviews of recent years.

Further, in late 2017, Swimming Australia partnered with Victoria University (VU) to redevelop the existing Silver and Gold Swimming Coach Education courses. The following year, a comprehensive research project was undertaken to help define a new National Coaching Strategy for Australian Swimming leading into Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

With a united future vision for swimming coaching in Australia, Swimming Australia (SA) and ASCTA decided to modernise our coach education system – combining online modules and in-person workshops – in line with modern best practice across the sport and training and education sectors. We have been working together to bring this major development to fruition and, importantly, we would like to thank the many coaches who have contributed to reviewing and piloting the new modules and workshops over the past 12-18 months.

We are excited about how this will improve our sport and:

  • provide coaches with a manageable pathway of learning that ensures the step from one level of accreditation to the next adds real educational value, with a demonstrated difference between each level;
  • provide equity of access for coaches who meet the entry requirements based on demonstrated coaching competencies;
  • help coaches build on previous learnings in a structured and modular way;
  • provide coaches with opportunities to test themselves and their athletes in a variety of different environments and competitions;
  • reinforce to the coaching community that a thirst for knowledge and personal development are important at all levels of coaching;
  • support coaches to incorporate techniques to address their own coaching welfare to optimise coaching performance and retain great coaches.


Further information

These changes see two separate components of SA Coach Accreditation and ASCTA Coach Performance Recognition. Coach Accreditation includes the successful completion of the SA online coach education courses and face-to-face workshops. ASCTA Coach Performance Recognition includes coach and athlete achievements in the pool.

To align with the new-look Coach Education courses, the related SA Coach Accreditations have been rebranded and will now be known as:

  • Development (previously Bronze) – 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.
  • Advanced (previously Silver) – Successful Advanced Coaches bring out each swimmer’s 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 swimmer’s physical and psychological fitness and maximises their performance.
  • Performance (previously Gold) – 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.

More information on the new education courses and related accreditation levels can be found here: Coaching Courses.

From 1 July 2019, Swimming Australia will issue Coach Accreditation. Current Coach Accreditations will automatically be mapped directly across to the new accreditation levels as follows:

  • Bronze Accreditation will become Development Accreditation
  • Silver Accreditation will become Advanced Accreditation
  • Gold Accreditation will become Performance Accreditation.

Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Coach Performance Recognition will continue to be recognised, celebrated, and awarded by ASCTA who will confirm the criteria for achieving such coach performance recognition in due course.

We are excited to announce we will be offering three (3) core workshops for the Advanced Course and one (1) Elective workshop (which can be used for the Advanced or Performance Course) at the ASCTA Convention 2019. To register for any of the face-to-face workshops at the Convention, please go to the ASCTA Convention website –

Further to the above, and prior to attending any coach education workshop(s) at the ASCTA Convention, coaches will need to complete the online enrolment for either the full Advanced Course or the full Performance Course, and complete the associated e-learning module(s) before attending the Convention. Links for these full course enrolments will be made available to registered participants from 2 April 2019. Each e-learning module will take 2-3 hours to complete.

Additional detail is contained in the FAQs that follow this letter. For further information please contact Paul Malcolm, SA General Manager – Industry Partnerships & Member Services at or on 0457 537 919.

Leigh Russell Signature
Brendon Ward Signature

Leigh Russell
CEO, Swimming Australia

Brendon Ward


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