Swim England Swim Coach



Prerequisites: You must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the course and hold the Swim England Assistant Swimming Coach, ASA Level 1 Award (QCF) in Coaching Swimming or equivalent Swim England/ASA qualification.

Course Timetable 

Theory Sessions delivered via Zoom

  1. Saturday 29th April 2023 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
  2. Sunday 30th April 2023 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
  3. Saturday 13th May 2023 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
  4. Sunday 14th May 2023 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
  5. Saturday 20th May 2023 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
  6. Saturday 3rd June 2023 - 10.00am - 1.00pm
  7. Sunday 4th June 2023 - 10.00am - 1.00pm

Practical Sessions

Practical Dates – TBC during course with tutor.

Course content

With our course programme you will have the opportunity to work with our qualified tutor who will support you through observing & assisting swim lessons as a progressive and developmental programme.

All courses will start online, exploring the theoretical elements through a series of virtual classrooms using both Zoom and Google Classroom. You will then complete the practical elements of your courses at designated Swim Wales practical venue.

The course is delivered through a mixture of online activities and practical poolside learning. You will participate in at least six training sessions, coaching swimmers at county/regional standard and above, to gain hands-on practical experience.

Please note that there will be additional course work, outside of the core classroom hours including session planning, answering assessment outcomes and additional work that the tutor may feel is required. This additional course work is required so that learners can complete all outcomes that are required to complete the relevant qualification.

You will learn about:

  1. Roles and responsibilities of a Swimming Coach
  2. Understand the legal requirements of coaching swimming
  3. Impact of the Athlete Development Support Pathway in competitive swimming
  4. Physical literacy in swimming
  5. Scientific principles of competitive swimming
  6. Competitive swimming skills
  7. Types of training used to develop swimmers
  8. Planning, delivery and evaluation of a series of sessions
  9. Effective management in training and competition
  10. Communication skills within the swimming coaching environment
  11. Motivational techniques
  12. Developing swimming skills and competitive swimming strokes
  13. Evaluating swimmer progress
  14. Reflecting and evaluating on own performance
  15. Planning for professional development

To complete the course you need:

  1. To have been coaching regularly over the last three months and be linked to a swimming club with access to 3 sessions per week so you can complete your off-course assessment.
  2. Have access to swimmers that sit within two different stages of the Athlete Development Support Pathway (ADSP) i.e. training to train and above, over the course of a 6 week mesocycle.
  3. To be working with a coaching assistant and have knowledge and experience of current coaching best practices.
  4. Have access to a computer or tablet to complete the online learning elements of the course.
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