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Coaching Accreditation

Australian swimming coaches gain their accreditation through a multi-level competency based training system that recognises acquired knowledge, practical experience and coaching performance (in the case of Silver Licence qualification and above). Swimming Victoria in conjuncation with Swimming Australia is responsible for the delivery of accredited swimming coaching courses throughout Victoria. The SwimAustralia Teacher - Competitive Swimming (SAT-CS) course is the beginning of the coaching pathway in Victoria. The SAT-CS course is run a number of times a year in different regions throughout Victoria and Bronze Accreditation Courses are run approximately 3 times a year.

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Coaching is a great way to express your passion for swimming and be actively involved. It is not only exciting and self-satisfying but you can have a positive influence on people's lifelong involvement in swimming. Coaching is a rewarding job at all levels of swimming as you are responsible for helping people improve and develop their swimming, you can pass on your own experiences and watch people progress through the different pathways of swimming.

The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) are responsible for the administration and delivery of Swimming Australia Coaching courses and assist in the administration of accreditation courses and the licensing of qualifications to coach. ASCTA is a professional membership organisation made up of coaches and teachers of swimming. Coaches who are coaching at clubs must be members of ASCTA as well as a member of Swimming Australia. They will have access to all professional development opportunities offered by ASCTA as well as a variety of coaching resources.

 All swimming coaches should be licensed. To be licensed a swimming coach must be accredited, but a coach can be accredited without maintaining their license.

 Swimming Australia and most State Swimming Associations require coaches to be licensed to:


Coaching Accreditation Pathway

Coaching Accreditation Pathway Overview

Swim Australia Teacher - Competitive Swimming

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The SAT-CS (Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming) course is the beginning of the pathway to become an accredited Swimming Coach in Victoria, as the coach is qualified to deliver basic training sessions that develop the swimming technique of novice and junior swimmers – this is generally defined as swimmers 12-years and under who are still acquiring the skills needed to compete successfully.  This course is aimed at people who are interested in teaching junior swimmers who are in the early stages of competitive swimming development and/or assist a suitably qualified and licensed coach in the delivery of competitive programs for age groups (i.e. 13-18 years) and adult swimmers (training squads).

Prerequisites for becoming a SAT-CS Coach

Course Requirements


SAT-CS Key Information


Bronze Licence Coach

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Coaches who have a focus on promoting participation in competitive swimming, developing a broader range of skills and techniques for Club swimmers, encouraging swimmers to compete at district level and above all, encourage participation, swimming for fun, play and skills and a safe swimming environment should consider undertaking this course.

There have been some significant changes to the delivery, accreditation and requirements of a Bronze Licence Coach.

Changes to Course Structure

Course Requirements


Bronze Course Explained:   Key Information

Silver Licence Coach

This is the 'performance coach' and is the first coaching level where 'swimmer performance' is evaluated. The Silver Coach must complete an advanced course covering the theoretical aspects of coaching and athlete performance. The Silver Coach will have demonstrated the ability to coach swimmers competing at State and National Age Competitions.


Gold Licence Coach

This is the 'high performance coach'and is an advanced coaching qualification that includes a theory component, independant study and research, as well as demonstrated coaching performance. The Gold Coach will have demonstrated the ability to coach swimmers competing successfully at National Open Championships.

Platinum Coach

This is the Gold Coach that has demonstrated competency to undertake coaching duties as a member of an Australian Team. Performance standards required of the Platinum Coach will include; medal winning performances at World Championships and/or Olympic Games.


Coach of Open Water Swimming

Course Dates

This course is for current coaches who wish to expand their coaching repertoire and knowledge of coaching techniques specific to open water swimming (OWS).

Course Requirements


Coach of Swimmer with Disability

Course Dates

This course is aimed at people who are interested in creating and promoting an inclusive swimming environment for all swimmer abilities. People who undertake this course will further what they have already learnt in the Bronze coaching course about coaching and developing specific competencies that will allow them to appropriately alter training programs for coaching swimmers with a disability.

Course Requirements


Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)

Swimming Victoria delivers education courses and professional development to the swimming community within a structured Coach Accreditation Pathway. In some circumstances when a coaches accreditation expires, he/she can apply for a Recognition of Current Competency to gain their accreditation. This process involves conducting a self-assessment against the learning outcomes within each unit of the course where a candidates will be required to show evidence that they are competent in these units. When submitting for RCC an appendix of evidence must be clearly labelled and organised to show why each piece of evidence proves competency in a certain unit. An administration fee of $130.00 applies to all Bronze Licence or Silver Licence RCC applications.

RCC Guide  |  RCC Application


Working With Children Check

All Coaches must have a Working With Children Check (WWCC) to gain their accreditation. The WWCC creates a mandatory minimum checking standard across Victoria. The WWCC helps to keep children safe by preventing those who pose a risk to the safety of children from working with them, in either paid or volunteer work.

Your WWCC will expire every 5 years. Please make sure your details are up to date so you know when to renew by visiting https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu


The AUSTSWIM accreditation is the industry standard for Swimming and Water Safety Teachers™ and is delivered and recognised in each state and territory of Australia and many countries overseas. There are currently over 25,000 AUSTSWIM Teachers in Australia and internationally with over 10,000 licensed in teaching specific programs such as infants, people with a disability and adults. Although Swimming Victoria's core business is competitive swimming, AUSTSWIM accreditation is recognised as an integral part of the Victorian Swimming community and plays a vital role in the coach / teacher development pathway.

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