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In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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Starting out

Becoming a coach

Nothing quite beats the thrill of a competitive race. It’s no wonder so many swimmers decide to become coaches after calling time on their competitive careers.

But it’s not just former swimmers – there are plenty of British coaches with no previous experience of competitive swimming. What they all do have however, is an unrelenting drive, competitiveness and will to be the best they can be.

How do I find out more?

Here are a couple of ways you can find out more about swimming coaching as a career choice.

  1. Use the ASA Poolfinder to find your local club and give them a call. Ask one of the club coaches how they got in to the sport and for advice on taking your qualifications.
  2. Alternatively, get first hand advice from one of GB’s top coaches. Watch our video interview here with David McNulty, the coach who guided Michael Jamieson to Olympic silver at the London 2012 Olympics.

What qualifications do I need?

Similar to swimming teaching, there are three levels of ASA qualification to progress through. Full details of these qualifications can be found on the ASA website but here is a summary.

The first level of qualification focuses how and what to coach. Once completed, coaches are qualified to actively support a more senior qualified or licensed coach at any level, in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.

  • You must be 16+ years of age when the course finishes to take it.

To coach on your own, you will be required to hold an ASA Level 2 Certificate.  This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate coaching sessions.

  • You must be 17 + years of age before the course begins.

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 get the most out of your athletes. 

  • You must be 18 + years of age before the course begins.

You can find much more detail on all qualifications on the ASA website here.

Click here to find an Approved Centre that deliver the qualifications.

How much will it cost?

Typically, initial qualifications cost around £390, but don’t let lack of funds stand in the way.

There are bursaries and grants available. They vary according to location but some even pay 100% of the course costs.

What will I get paid?

For a full breakdown of average hourly rates for coaches and teachers check out our Salary Checker here.

What's my next step?

Luckily for you, swimming coach is the most popular role advertised on Careers in Aquatics. Head to our Job Search now to see who is hiring at the moment.

The majority of clubs look to employ at least Level 2 qualified coaches as this is the minimum coaching requirement to be able to coach on your own although some will take on Level 1 qualified coaches who are training towards their next stage.