Courses and Accreditation

Australian swimming coach’s gain their accreditation through a multi-level competency based training system that recognises acquired knowledge, practical experience and coaching performance (in the case of ‘advanced’ qualifications).

Swimming Australia, as the National body responsible for swimming, belongs to the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) of the Australian Sports Commission. The NCAS sets general guidelines for the development of course structures and pathways for recognition of coaching qualifications.

Swimming Victoria deliver courses on behalf of Swimming Australia.

  • Upcoming Courses
  • Course




    How to Enrol


    Bronze License

    Saturday 22 September, 2018 



    Bronze Online Portal

    Enrolment Guide

    Silver License





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  • SAT Competitive Swimming
  • Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming has the competence to teach junior Swimmers (i.e. Swimmers 12-years and younger) who are in the early stages of the competitive swimming development (advanced learn to swim, mini squads, junior squads and recreational swimming squads) and/or assist a suitably qualified and licenced Coach in the delivery of competitive swimming programs for age group (i.e. 13-18 years) and open swimmers (training squads).

  • Bronze Licence Coach
  • 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.

    Course Requirements

    • Current Swim Australia™ Teacher of Competitive Swimming or Equivalent certificate
    • Completion of the Online course (6-8 hours)
    • Attendance at an 8 hour workshop (usually over 1 day)
    • Completion of the training record
    • Practical Competency Assessment
  • Silver Licence Coach
  • Silver Licence Coach will focus on benchmarking, education and continuous improvement, promoting participation in competitive swimming at Country, State and above-level competitions, striving for performance and enjoyment to compete, development of the Club information, education and resources and business development of membership and participation.

  • Gold Licence Coach
  • Gold Licence Coach will focus on promoting participation in competitive swimming at Age and Open National level competitions, striving for performance, development of the Club, information, education and resources, development of swimmers for high performance achievements and National Team selection, benchmarking, education and continuous improvement.

  • Platinum Coach
  • Platinum Coach is a Gold Licence coach who has the competence to undertake coaching duties as a member of a senior Australian team at a major international swim met.

  • Coach of Open Water Swimming
  • 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

    • Current Bronze Coach Accreditation
    • Attendance at workshop
    • Completion of workbook assessments
    • Practical Competency Based Assessment post course
  • Coach of Swimmer with Disability
  • 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

    • Current Bronze Coach Accreditation
    • Attendance at workshop
    • Practical Competency Based Assessment
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process whereby someone who thinks they already have sufficient theoretical and practical skills in all or part of a course, accreditation or competency can apply for recognition of this and gain "credits" towards completing a course, accreditation or proving competency.

    For further information, or to apply please visit the ASCTA website.


  • 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 4 years. Please make sure your details are up to date so you know when to renew.


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