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The Young Aquatic Organiser Awards FAQs

Answers to some of the popular questions raised by young volunteers concerning the Young Aquatic Organiser Award.

So, who is the award for?

The Young Aquatic Organiser Award (YAOA) is for 14–18 year-olds seeking to develop leadership and coaching skills and who wish to become involved in the administration, teaching, coaching or general official duties of aquatic activity. If that is you, then it’s for you.

Okay, what will it give me?

By securing the Award you should have a greater insight into the organisation of the ASA and its clubs. You should also have the skills to help plan, deliver and evaluate the running of an aquatic event.

Candidates also have the opportunity to volunteer in a swim21 accredited club (link to swim21 club pages) (recognised by the ASA as being a quality club) and you will be encouraged to develop your skills from within the aquatic sports. It is a great bolt-on award if you are following vocational sport qualifications at school or college.

Sounds interesting. What’s the syllabus?

The qualification is in six units and each unit is spilt between theory and practice. See the box below.

Unit 1 The structure and organisation of the ASA and the clubs within the ASA 1 hour theory
Unit 2 The skills and qualities required to be a Young Aquatic Organiser 1 hour theory
Unit 3 Planning of an aquatic event 2 hours theory
Unit 4 Delivery of an aquatic event 2 hours practical
Unit 5 Evaluation of an aquatic event 1 hour theory
Unit 6 Voluntary placement within an aquatic club 3 hours
Total hours 10 hour

Does the course have to be in an ASA accredited swim21 club?

Yes it does. To find suitable placements email volunteering@swimming.org

Placement! It sounds like tea-making. Will it be worthwhile?

A resource for ASA swim21 clubs has been developed to support them in taking placements. This guide should ensure your placement is a valuable experience for both you and the club.

Okay, I’m convinced. Who do I contact?

That’s the spirit. In the first instance speak to someone in your school or club to express an interest in the Award and see if someone can help to organise the course for you. Otherwise email volunteering@swimming.org.

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