Volunteer training and development

There are a number of volunteer training opportunities available to help make sure your volunteers have the right skills to fulfil a role within the club environment.

Here are some of the volunteer training courses on offer in England. Simply click or tap on the title to expand the detail.

Swim England/NSPCC Time to Listen

Swim England has linked up with the NSPCC and is accredited to deliver the Time to Listen module, which is aimed at Club Welfare Officers.

The Time to Listen programme provides the opportunity to acquire key knowledge necessary for the role and responsibilities of a CWO, to adopt a child-focused approach to safeguarding and to learn about the action/s which should be taken should any incident occur.

  1. Click here for further information on the Time to Listen course, including how to find a course.
  2. Click here for information on how to register a planned Time to Listen course.
  3. Click here for information on how to become a presenter of Time to Listen training.
  4. Click here to complete a presenter specification form for Time to Listen.

Team Manager Training

Team Manager training is designed to ensure that anyone taking groups of athletes to competition or camps, locally or abroad, is fully equipped to fulfil their role.

The training is ideal for those individuals who are already doing the role of a Team Manager, or those who are due to take on the role.

Team Manager training is delivered in two parts – Module 1 Local Competitions and Module 2 Overnight Stays and Travel Abroad.

  1. Click here to download Team Manager Module 1 Course Information (.pdf)
  2. Click here to download Team Manager Module 2 Course Information (.pdf)
  3. Click here to download Organising your own Team Manager Course (.docx)
  4. Click here to download Becoming a Team Manager Course Presenter (.pdf)
  5. Click here to download a Presenter Specification form for Module 1 (.doc)
  6. Click here to download a Presenter Specification form for Module 2 (.docx)

Aquatic Helper Workshop

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.

  1. Click here to download How to register for or organise a workshop (.pdf)
  2. Click here to download a Registration Form for an Aquatic Helper Workshop (.docx)
  3. Click here to download an example Duty of Care form (.doc)

Young Aquatic Leader Certificate

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.

  1. Click here to download the Young Aquatic Leader Course Organiser Information (.pdf)
  2. Click here to download the Young Aquatic Leader Course Registration Form (.doc)

Positive Behaviour Workshop

Swim England's 90 minute Positive Behaviour Workshop is available to spectators, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers and club members with the overall aim of helping aquatics clubs to improve the experience for their young members.

The workshop aims to help identify positive and negative poolside behaviours, identify the nature and extent of negative behaviour especially in reference to young people, and to consider how incidents of negative behaviour can be avoided, reduced of managed.

  1. Click here to download information on the Positive Behaviour Workshop