Coaching

Our Club Coaches are the life-blood of our clubs because if we didn’t have club coaches, we wouldn’t have anyone to conduct the training sessions!  We aim to offer regular opportunities for new members to become Club Coaches through our Club Coach course, which is generally held at least once a year in October, dependent on demand.

In addition, from 2019, we will offer members from our regional centres the opportunity to gain accreditation as a club coach through a high-intensity weekend workshop.  If you are a regional club and you have a minimum of 2 people interested in becoming accredited, please contact us for possible dates.

Becoming a Club Coach

Gaining accreditation as a Masters Swimming Club Coach can be a rewarding personal experience and a valuable contribution to Masters swimming clubs. It will give you the skills to provide coaching at your club and guide your swimmers towards their goals. Once completed your qualifications will be recognised by Sports Australia National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.

There are different ways to become an accredited Masters Swimming Club Coach dependent on your previous experience of coaching.

More information about the pathways to accreditation as well as the necessary application forms and documents to complete can be found at the Masters Swimming Australia website by clicking HERE.

The Accreditation Pathway Guide provides an outline of the pathway and steps required to gain MSA Club Coach Accreditation.

Club Coach Course Summary

As you will see from the Accreditation Pathway Guide on the MSA website, there are a variety of ways to become accredited, dependent on your level of experience.  However a top-level overview is outlined below.

  1. Approval from your club is required through completion of the Pre-Registration Checklist.
  2. Determine the extent of your experience and select the appropriate pathway on the Pre-Registration Checklist
  3. Return the signed Pre-Registration checklist to masters.admin@mswa.asn.au
  4. Book and pay for the Club Coach Workshop once it is set up and dates confirmed
  5. The components of the Club Coach Accreditation include the following:
    1. Complete the Coaching General Principles Course online – FREE
    2. Observe a swim squad under the supervision of a qualified coach for a minimum of 5 hours  (Dependent on the Pathway you selected based on your level of experience, you may be given permission to skip the above components – approval must be given!).
    3. Complete the Online Masters Swimming Club Coach Course (takes 5-15 hours) – $95 to be paid online
    4. Attend the Club Coach Workshop
    5. Complete and return the Workbook, assessments, coaching hours, Code of Conduct and CPR within the stipulated time

For more detail, please make sure you review the MSA website.

Note, there are three components of the accreditation that must be paid for.  The Online Masters Swimming Club Coach Course ($95), the Club Coach Workshop (approx. $160) and your CPR training.  Usually clubs will reimburse the costs of these courses so please ask your club prior to registering.

Professional Development & Swimmer Education

We aim to continue to offer opportunities for our club coaches and any other interested parties to keep up their professional development through a variety of skills workshops presented by top coaches and educators.  Look out on our Events page for the Coach and Swimmer Education opportunities already planned.  We will also notify clubs and members when bookings open for these courses via our newsletters.

Useful websites for Coaches:

Click on the links below

Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association

Click here to read the latest edition of ASCTA SwimFiles