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Volunteer training and development

There are a number of volunteer training opportunities available for volunteers to gain and develop the right skills to undertake any club volunteering role.

Volunteer Training Courses in England

Here are some of the volunteer training courses on offer in England. Click on the course to expand more information.

Swim England/NSPCC Time to Listen

Swim England has linked up with the Child Protection in Sport Unit and has accredited Swim England tutors to deliver the Time to Listen training for Club Welfare Officers.

The Time to Listen training provides the opportunity to acquire key knowledge necessary for the role and responsibilities of a Welfare Officer, to adopt a child-focused approach to safeguarding and to learn about the action/s which should be taken should any incident occur. The course is face to face and attendance is mandatory for all Swim England Welfare Officers regardless of their experience or professional background in child safeguarding or protection.  The course only needs to be attended once.

Further information on Time to Listen can be found on the CPSU website.

Time to Listen delivery is managed by the Swim England Regional Offices and contact should be made with your Regional Office to book onto a course.

Safeguarding Training

All club personnel who are required to undertake a Barred List Check and/or Enhanced DBS check within their role must complete approved safeguarding training within a reasonable time of taking up the position.

There is a wide range of Child Safeguarding training courses that are available some of which provide an introduction to child safeguarding and some that offer a more advanced level.

Basic Awareness Training

Basic Awareness (or introductory training) is designed for staff and volunteers who have infrequent contact with children and young people. It typically covers the following:

  • Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility
  • Categories, signs and symptoms of abuse
  • What to do if there are concerns about a child and how to respond
  • How to make a safe environment for young people
  • Signposting for further information and support

Swim England advice NSPCC or Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) training as this is quality assured. The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) also offer a number of free online webinars on the above that you can access on the CPSU website.

Advanced Training

Advanced child safeguarding training is designed for those with regular responsibility for children and young people. It will cover the following:

  • All the areas of the basic awareness course
  • The practical implications of issues highlighted within a sports context
  • Provide the legislative context of child safeguarding
  • Skill development around identifying, responding and reporting child safeguarding concerns
  • Signposting to further information

Swim England deliver a Swim England/ UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop which support the recommendations made by the CPSU. This face-to-face course uses swimming specific examples throughout and refers to Wavepower throughout. Further details on the seminar and information on the courses running in your area can be found on the Institute of Swimming website.

Team Manager Training

Team Managers are an essential part of the team structure, irrespective of the discipline, as they support participation at events. Generally Team Managers are responsible for ensuring that teams reach competitions safely and that during events, the athletes are cared for.

Team manager training is split in to two modules:-

Module 1 – single day and local competitions

This 3 hour workshop covers the basics of Team Managing from what to expect at a competition to general theories such as supervision ratios and risk assessments. It aims to provide you with the knowledge to react to situations you may come across as a Team Manager.

This is a good starting point for your volunteering journey.

Module 2 – extended overnight stays

This is a 3 hour workshop which covers more complex subjects such as requesting international permits and safe travel abroad. It aims to equip you with the knowledge you may need to rely on to support the team in all situations during their trip or extended visit at home or in a foreign country.

Young Aquatic Helper

This workshop has been designed for young people between 13 and 16 years of age, who wish to actively assist on poolside in any aquatic environment, e.g. clubs or learn to swim schemes.

The workshop consists of three hours of theory and three hours of practical work.

Young Aquatic Leader

The Young Aquatic Leader Certificate (YALC) aims to develop young aquatic leaders and provide them with the knowledge to volunteer actively in an aquatic environment.

The volunteer training is aimed at 14-19 year olds and will support the development of the young leader’s knowledge across the aquatic disciplines.

The YALC is even suitable for young leaders with no prior knowledge of aquatics and will challenge them to work within a team, step outside of their boundaries and will develop communication, organisation, leadership and planning skills.

The YALC consists of a 5 ½ hour interactive theory session followed by a 2 hour practical.

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Find a course in your region

All of our volunteer training courses are delivered by the Swim England regions (these extend beyond the courses listed above).

To find courses near you, please click on your region to find out more information on the courses they are running and access their volunteer training course calendar.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you have any further questions on the volunteer training courses we offer then visit our contacts page to get in touch with the Swim England Volunteering team.

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