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In April 2019, Swimming Australia and the Australian Swimming Teachers and Coaches Association (ASCTA) unveiled Australian swimming’s new coach education courses and accreditation levels.

These changes affect the way your club or facility will employ coaches in the future. From today, employers will need to be looking for different qualifications when advertising for coaching roles within your club or facility.

Click below to download the Employers Information Pack which explains the new education and accreditation structure and outlines what your club needs to know for recruiting, employing and developing your coaches.

  • Who is the right coach?
  • Coaches are the backbone of our sport and are key to ensuring that clubs and facilities continue to develop and excel. The coach establishes the environment in which the swimmers learn and develop. The coach is responsible for creating an atmosphere which is positive, encouraging and inclusive.

    Great coaches must not only know the ins and outs of the sport but must know how to connect with and inspire each swimmer in their charge. The coach’s role is to bring out the best in every athlete and to provide an environment which encourages a lifelong love of the sport.

    Coaches need to:

    • be knowledgeable
    • understand the needs of their athletes
    • inspire and empower
    • lead and influence
    • be motivating
    • be effective communicators
    • be organised
    • lead by example
    • be able to work with parents and club officials
    • be able to plan and evaluate
    • be flexible
    • have a growth mindset
  • Compare employable skills
  • Employing the right coach is vital. The right coach for each position in your club is not necessarily the one with the highest number of awards, but the one with the most appropriate range skills for that position. 

    Click below to compare the employable skills you can expect a coach to have at each level of accreditation.

  • Coaching Standards
  • Coaches and swim teachers must only instruct to the level which their qualification dictates. Development Accreditation is the minimum standard for coaches to be running / overseeing competitive squads or coaching at competitive meets.

  • Award pay rates
  • For the latest information about Australia’s workplace rights and rules, and to check under which Award coaches may be covered, refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

    Swimming Australia does not supply information or advice of a specific nature about individual employment or contract circumstances. Please refer to your accountant, legal advisor or employment specialist for specific advice.

  • Employment Contracts
  • An employment contract is an agreement between and employer and employee that sets out terms and conditions of employment. A contract can be in writing or verbal.

    For help with employment contracts, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

  • Recruitment and Screening checklist (Safe Sport Framework)
  • Section 2.6 of the Safe Sport Framework (“SSF”) requires all Clubs, Member Associations and Swimming Australia Limited to undertake the following steps when recruiting employees (whether full-time, part-time or casual employees). The best practice steps listed are encouraged to be taken wherever practicable in relation to the recruitment of volunteers in our sport.

    Click here to access the Recruitment and Screening Checklist.

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