Become a Club Coach

Latest update July 2021

Launch of MSA Club Coach Accreditation Program

We are excited to announce the launch of the full MSA Club Coach Accreditation program on the new learning management platform, Dita Solutions 

This is a fantastic new opportunity for potential coaches across Australia, with the ability to complete a large part of their training whenever they want and wherever they are located.

You can now become an Accredited MSA Club Coach, complete your Re-accreditation, enroll in the Club Coach Course as part of your ongoing Professional Development or as a Bridging Course through the new fully integrated Online learning platform. Pathways and links are below.

We hope you enjoy your journey to become and as Masters Club Coach.

Coach Education Team

Masters Swimming Australia

Are you interested in becoming a Club Coach?

Perhaps you already have some coaching experience and want to upgrade your qualifications to be an accredited Masters Club Coach.

Our coaches are a club’s greatest asset. They are often the reason swimmers join a Masters club.

Whatever your background, becoming a Club Coach can be a rewarding personal experience and a valuable contribution to the swimming community.

The Masters Swimming Australia (MSA) Club Coach Accreditation Program  provides trainees with the basic coaching knowledge and skills of swimming to enable them to be effective Masters coaches. The course has an integrated learning structure which allows for flexible transition from theory to practice through self-paced online learning and assessment and practical pool deck experience and mentoring.

This course is accredited with Sport Australia in line with National Sporting Organisation Quality Assurance guidelines.

A MSA Club Coach will be able to:

  • Recognise and promote the benefits of swimming for adults.
  • Provide a safe environment for all adult swimmers regardless of age, ability or gender.
  • Apply the basic training principles to the development of an adult swimmer.
  • Provide an environment and approach conducive for adult swimmers to learn new skills.
  • Observe and evaluate the adult swimmer’s technique and performance.
  • Plan, prepare, conduct and evaluate training sessions that cater for the varying needs of adult swimmers.
  • Understand, implement, monitor and adapt a seasonal plan for adult swimmers of varying levels.
  • Guide adult swimmers to self-manage their development by sourcing additional information to improve their swimming performance.
  • Communicate effectively the details of MSA rules, programs and events, to adult swimmers.
  • Apply self-reflection methods to coaching performance.

 


There are different pathways to become an accredited Masters Swimming Club Coach.

Your previous coaching qualifications and experience will determine which pathway you will be in, with each requiring you to undertake different steps in the process of accreditation, as detailed below.

    • Pathway A: I have never coached before
    • Pathway B: I have coached adult swimmers before
    • Pathway C: I have coached age-group swimmers before but not adults
    • Pathway D: I hold a Swimming Australia Bronze Coach licence (or higher) but have not coached adults
    • Pathway E: I hold a Swimming Australia Bronze Coach licence (or higher) and have coached adults
    • RCC: I have significant coaching qualifications and experience to apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)


  Pathways to Club Coach Accreditation
A B C D E RCC
Coach Code of Behaviour Agreement
Hours observing an adult squad 5hrs 5hrs 5hrs 5hrs
Community Coaching General Principles online course (free)
Masters Development Course (through Swimming Australia - $95) if required
Online Club Coach Workshop
Practical Poolside Assessment if required
Verification of 30 hrs coaching if required
RCC application
CPR Course

Masters Club Coach Online Accreditation (MSA-CCA-2021)

Masters Swimming Australia has partnered with Dita Solutions to deliver the MSA coach education all around Australia.

There are a number of pathways to become an accredited Masters Swimming Club Coach, or to update your skills, based on your previous coaching qualifications and experience.

All the courses have an integrated learning structure which allows for flexible transition from theory to practice through self-paced online learning and assessment and practical pool deck experience and mentoring.

The Masters Club Coach Accreditation provides trainees with the basic coaching knowledge and skills of swimming to enable them to be effective Masters coaches.

To enrol in the MSA Club Coach Online Course please click Buy Now below

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MSA Club Coach Online Re-accreditation (MSA-CCRA-2021)

As a MSA Accredited Club Coach it is recommended that you undertake continuous improvement activities to enable your re-accreditation.

In 2020 the MSA Club Coach accreditation period was aligned with Swimming Australia, the National Sporting Organisation(NSO), responsible for the accreditation of all courses that MSA conducts and is now valid for three years from date of accreditation.

To apply for re-accreditation you will need to provide evidence of continuous improvement activity in the previous 3 years and sign the Coach Code of Behaviour agreement.

Please note you can enrol in the MSA Online Club Coach Course as PD to refresh your knowledge and update your skills click on the Professional Development tab

To apply for re-accreditation without doing the MSA Online Club Coach Course as PD please click Start Now below.

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Coach Professional Development (MSA-CCW-PD-2021)

As a MSA accredited Club Coach it is recommended that you undertake continuous improvement activities to enable your re-accreditation.

The Professional Development Workshop consists of three self-paced learning modules, structured around experience-based self-reflection, guided learning and mentor coach assessment.

The Workshop covers Coaching Philosophy, Inclusive Coaching and Goals, Planning, Training Principles and Session Structure, Stroke Fundamentals, Faults and Corrective Drills and Adaptive Swimming.

Coaches will be provided with a Certificate of Completion that can be used as verification of a Professional Development activity.

To enrol in the MSA Online Club Coach Course as PD please click Buy Now below.



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Bridging Course to Full Club Coach Accreditation (MSA-PD-CCA-2021)

This course is designed for those who have already completed the Masters Swimming Australia online Club Coach Workshop and wish to upgrade this certificate to a full Masters Club Coach Accreditation.

You will need to have completed all three modules of the online Club Coach Workshop to upgrade to full accreditation through this bridging course.

There are a number of pathways to become an accredited Masters Swimming Club Coach, based on your previous coaching qualifications and experience. See Pathways to Accreditation Tab

You will be given full credit for the online Club Coach Workshop component of the accreditation requirements.

To enrol in the Bridging Course please click Buy Now below.



During registration, you will be asked to nominate your entry pathway. Your previous coaching qualifications and experience will determine which pathway you will be in, with each requiring you to undertake different steps in the process of accreditation.

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