Coaching is a great way to harness 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.
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 hold a valid license to:
- Gain access to the pool deck and warm up areas at their sanctioned swim meets
- Be considered for selection as a representative coach
- Have the opportunity to present other coaching courses
- Ensure that a code of behaviour has been signed
- Acknowledge that a working with children check has been sighted
- Enable action to be taken when allegations of a breach of the codes of behaviour are made
The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), is the peak body for swimming Coaches and Teachers in Australia. ASCTA is dedicated to developing world leading practises in the education, accreditation, professional development and on-going support for swimming Coaches and swimming and water safety Teachers.
Visit the ASCTA Website for further information.