Training & Development FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect on a Swim Wales Training course?
Swim Wales Training & Development Team, offer a comprehensive and wide ranging portfolio of courses for aspiring aquatic volunteers, teachers and coaches. Please see below a selection of our programme.
Swim Wales is an Approved Centre for the Swim England Qualifications and also the Institute of Swimming Coaching Courses. Swim Wales courses offer the highest quality training to become a swimming assistant, fully qualified swimming teacher or complete your aquatic coaching courses.
Swim Wales also offers a wide selection of workshops and masterclasses including in partnership with UK Coaching, CIMSPA and Sport Leaders.
How much is a course?
SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) and the Swim England Assistant Swimming Coach courses are £395. With regards to the SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming and the Swim England Swimming Coach these are £680. These costs includes all your registration and assessment costs, all tutor fees and includes all course resources needed. We are now able to deliver Combined Teachers Course where you can complete your Level 1 and Level 2 at the same time for a reduced cost of £950.
Where can I find a course near me?
We recently expanded our programme due to a tutor recruitment and appointment process, so please check the website to keep updated. Please see relevant link below:
What will I gain from the Swim Coaching Courses?
The Swim England Swimming Assistant (Coaching) course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and understanding of the safe and ethical principles for effective coaching practices in swimming.
Building on the knowledge and skills developed as an assistant coach the Swim England Swimming Coach course focuses on the planning, delivery, and evaluation of coaching sessions. The certificate aims to provide and equip you, with the skills, knowledge, tools, and techniques to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor, and evaluate swimming coaching sessions.
What will I learn on the teaching course?
The Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification is a practical qualification, which develops the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be a Swimming Assistant (Teaching) and work alongside a fully qualified swim teacher.
The Swim England Level 2 Teacher (Swimming) qualification is a practical qualification, which develops the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be a Swimming Teacher.
This qualification builds on the knowledge, skills and abilities developed in the Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification. This is the industry standard to work as a fully qualified swimming teacher.
Are there any pre-requisites for the teaching course?
Yes they are. You need to be at least 16 years old at the start of the course and competent swimmer – you do not need to be an Olympic swimmer….
In addition, for the Level 2 course, you will need to hold a Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teacher) or a Swim England Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (or equivalent qualification) certificated after 1994.
Are there any pre-requisites for the coaching courses?
Yes they are. You must be at least 16 years of age. There are no formal entry requirements for the Assistant Coach certificate and you do not need any previous experience of coaching.
You must be at least 18 years of age and hold the Swim England Assistant Swimming Coach, ASA Level 1 Award (QCF) in Coaching Swimming or equivalent Swim England/ASA qualification.
How long is the duration of the course?
Our Level 1 courses are 30 hours, and our Level 2 are 60 hours in total respectively. These course can be delivered in a variety of timescales to fit with the various demands, commitment level and customer needs.
Therefore, our Training calendar reflects this with a variety of course deliveries.
For example a Level 1 course can be delivered 4 day intensive or over two weekends. Whereas, a Level 2 course could be delivered during a two week intensive, over 3 weekends etc.
When will I receive my certificate?
As a Swim England Approved centre, our role once you have completed a course is to then send your work to be internally verified for quality assurance. Once this process is complete, Swim England will send your certificate in the post.
If you have already completed a course with us but haven't yet received your certificate, don't worry - this entire process can take up to 12 weeks. For more information, please feel free to contact the Swim Wales Office on 01792 513580
How long do the qualifications last?
All Swim England qualifications remain valid with no expiry date.
What do Swim Wales offer with regards to workshops and upskilling opportunities?
Swim Wales Training & Development Team offer a comprehensive and wide-ranging portfolio of courses for aspiring aquatic volunteers, teachers, and coaches. Examples include CIMPSA endorsed Bubbles & Splash, Teaching Adults, Teaching in Deep Water, Aquatic DIT, Safeguarding, Volunteer Awards but there are many more
For further information please visit https://swimwales.org/pages/swim-wales-training-development-programme
What about Covid 19 and the current restrictions?
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic Swim Wales has worked to ensure our offers remain accessible and sustainable in a ‘virtual’ world. This has included a new virtual learning approach across our masterclasses and courses, as well as the launch of a virtual competition, engaging competitive swimmers in their home environment.
The aim is to maximise your experience with us but at the same time minimise the risk. E-learning is all about flexibility and freedom, and it will allow learners, to learn at a pace that suits them, plus breakdown logistical issues that may have arisen in the past.
Please note that during the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, we are moving the theoretical elements of our courses online, through virtual delivery. The aim is to complete the practical elements of your courses at designated “training hubs” that are deemed safe to attend.
Swim Wales Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs
Our website is being regularly updated to reflect the latest advice from Welsh Government, World Health Organisation (WHO), and Public Health Wales (PHW).
We are following government advice and are continually monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and its impact, and doing all we can to make safe and reassure our customers and workforce alike.
For further information please go our website https://www.swimwales.org/ or visit the following, for guidance https://gov.wales/coronavirus
To reduce the risk to all but to ensure you still have a quality experience, we are moving the theoretical elements of our courses online, through virtual delivery. The aim is to complete the practical elements of your courses at designated “training hubs” that are deemed safe to attend.
We will also be moving some upcoming CPD courses with no pool-based activities to webinars, so teachers can continue their personal development.
A webinar is an interactive online seminar that is led by the tutor and allows participants in different locations to be guided through the course content, hear the presenter, ask questions and be involved in group text discussions.
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