Swim England Swimming Coach

Builds on the Swim England Assistant Swimming Coach certificate, developing your knowledge and skills ahead of becoming an independent swimming coach.

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This course builds on the Swim England Assistant Swimming Coach certificate, developing your knowledge, skills and abilities ahead of becoming an independent swimming coach.

Training Format

Current training format:

Blended Learning – This course is split into two halves:

  1. Theory – This will be delivered online through interactive e-learning and zoom webinars.
  2. Practical – This will start with a series of zoom webinars to cover some practical topics and your venue orientation. You will then go on to do four or more, half-day practical sessions at the pool and a final webinar with your tutor.

Future courses may include the following training formats:

  • Face to Face – 8 days
  • Blended Learning – 20 to 25 hours of online learning followed by 5 to 6 days face to face
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Blended Learning is a more flexible approach where you complete the theoretical elements of the course online through interactive activities and checks on learning, prior to the practical workshops. The online learning and completion of assessments should take you are approximately 20-25 hours to complete.

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone who has a Swim England Assistant Swimming Coach certificate who wants to become an independent coach.

Course content

The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activities and practical poolside learning. You will participate in at least six training sessions, coaching swimmers at county standard and above, to gain hands-on practical experience.

You will learn about:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a Swimming Coach
  • Understand the legal requirements of coaching swimming
  • Impact of the Athlete Development Support Pathway in competitive swimming
  • Physical literacy in swimming
  • Scientific principles of competitive swimming
  • Competitive swimming skills
  • Types of training used to develop swimmers
  • Planning, delivery and evaluation of a series of sessions
  • Effective management in training and competition
  • Communication skills within the swimming coaching environment
  • Motivational techniques
  • Developing swimming skills and competitive swimming strokes
  • Evaluating swimmer progress
  • Reflecting and evaluating on own performance
  • Planning for professional development


You must be at least 18 years of age and hold the Swim England Assistant Swimming Coach, ASA Level 1 Award (QCF) in Coaching Swimming or equivalent Swim England/ASA qualification.

To complete the course you need:

  • To have been coaching regularly over the last three months and be linked to a swimming club with access to 3 sessions per week so you can complete your off-course assessment.
  • Have access to swimmers that sit within two different stages of the Athlete Development Support Pathway (ADSP) i.e training to train and above, over the course of a 6 week mesocycle.
  • To be working with a coaching assistant and have knowledge and experience of current coaching best practices.
  • Have access to a computer or tablet to complete the online learning elements of the course.