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Roles Available

Age requirements vary from course to course; the table below will allow you to know what you can do from the age of 14 to 18. Once you have selected your age, the courses that are available to you will be highlighted allowing you to find out more information on the course itself and how to apply.

Select your age:

Age Course/Qualifications
14 Timekeeper
Young Aquatic Organiser Award
15 Officials Qualifications - ASA Judge Level 1, ASA Judge Level 2, ASA Starter
Team Manager Training
UKCC Level 1 – You can apply for the course at 15.
16 UKCC Level 1 – the course can be completed on turning 16.
National Curriculum Training Programme (NCPT)
UKCC Level 2 – You can apply for the course at 16.
17 UKCC Level 2 – You can start the course at 17.
UKCC Level 3 – You can apply for the course at 17.
18 UKCC Level 3 – You can start the course at 18.
British Swimming Referee
 

 

 

Timekeeper

This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. It covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment.

All candidates need to be registered members of a British Swimming affiliated club or a member of the Institute of Swimming (IoS).

Click here for more information on technical officials or to download an application form.

Young Aquatic Organiser Award

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.

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.

Click here for more information on how to become an aquatic organiser.

British Swimming Official – Judge Level 1, Judge Level 2 and Starter (2S)

Are you interested in becoming an official, and attending swimming events taking on the role and duties of a timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper, Inspector of Turns, Finish Judge, Stroke Judge and the duties and role of a Starter.

The official’s qualifications should be completed in sequence beginning with Judge Level 1. Once you have qualified you will be attributed with the qualification on the British Swimming Database and it is advisable to then become licensed.

For Judge Level 1 and 2 candidates will be required to complete a course workbook, followed by a practical assessment. There is no formal theory examination, however during the practical assessment you will be required to answer questions orally. For the Starter award training will consist of a prescribed number of practical experiences as a Starter before undertaking a formal practical assessment.

Click here for more information on technical officials or to download an application form.

Team Manager Training

Team manager Training is a way of clubs showing their commitment to you as a volunteer. The ability to manage teams is a key part of many volunteer roles. Ensuring athletes arrive at and return from sporting activities unharmed is a big responsibility, and clubs like to make sure volunteers have all the necessary skills and knowledge to do it.

The course is split into two sections, the first is local competitions and the second is overnight stays and travel abroad. The course is a 2.5 hour workshop. Learning to manage a team can take a lifetime. The course is designed to ensure you have the right toolkit from the start. As a team manager you will gain updates from the ASA when necessary to allow you to fulfil your role to the best of your ability.

Click here for more information on how to apply for team manager training.

UKCC Level 1 Award (QCF)

You can register for your UKCC level 1 at the age of 15. However you must have turned 16 before the course is complete.

Click here for more information on coaching and teaching qualifications.

UKCC Level 1 (QCF)

This course focuses on ‘how to teach/coach’ and ‘what to teach/coach’.  The holder of an ASA Level 1 Certificate is qualified to teach/coach in a support role only. You will be able to actively support a more senior qualified or licensed teacher/coach at any level, in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.

You must have turned 16 by the date of the course completion. Click here for more information on teaching and coaching qualifications.

National Curriculum Training Programme (NCPT) Modules 1 & 2

The Certificate for Teaching School Swimming (Key Stages 1 and 2) is part of the ASA National Curriculum Training Programme and is recognised by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and by the Professional Development Board for Physical Education.

The qualification is designed to be delivered using a combination of theory and practical throughout both modules. The Certificate for Teaching School Swimming (Key Stages 1 and 2) is open to any person working within a primary school swimming programme e.g. school teacher, classroom assistant, learning support staff, nursery nurse, qualified swimming teachers, parent, other helpers, etc. In addition, students involved in initial teacher training may also attend.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the training programme. Candidates under the age of 18 years are required to have achieved one of the following:

  • The Sports Leaders award
  • The ASA/UKCC Level 1 Certificate

Click here for more information on course requirements and how to apply.

UKCC Level 2 Certificate (QCF)

You can apply for the UKCC Level 2 certificate at the age of 16. However you must have turned 17 before the course commences.

Click here for more information on teaching and coaching qualifications.

UKCC Level 2 Certificate (QCF)

This course would enable you to work on your own without supervision (other than lifeguarding cover.)  The holder of the ASA Level 2 Certificate will provide and equip you, with the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate teacher/coaching sessions.

You can apply for your UKCC Level 2 from 16, however you must have turned 17 before the course commences.

Click here for more information on teaching and coaching qualifications.

UKCC Level 3 Certificate (QCF) in Coaching Swimming

You can register for your UKCC Level 3 when you are 17, however you must have turned 18 before the course commences.

Click here for more information on teaching and coaching qualifications.

UKCC Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Swimming

If you are interested in the coaching programme in a competitive environment, the ASA Level 3 Certificate is the route to becoming a senior coach.  It will enable you to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes to really get the most out of your athletes.  You will be able to manage and lead appropriate physical and human resources to support all areas of the club programme.

You can apply for your UKCC Level 3 certificate when you are 17, however you must have turned 18 before the course commences. Click here for more information on entry requirements and how to apply.

British Swimming Official - Referee

This course contains theoretical instruction and specified practical experiences. It is followed by a formal examination in November after which successful candidates take a final poolside practical assessment leading to qualification as a British Swimming Referee.

Candidates for this course are required to be qualified at Judge level 2S, and may register to start training aged 17 years but must be 18 years at 30 November in the year of the course.

Click here for more information on course requirements and the steps for applying to be a British Swimming Referee.

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