Pathways to Accreditation

During registration, you nominated a pathway to become an accredited Masters Swimming Club Coach, or to update your skills, based on previous coaching qualifications and experience.

The detailed steps required for your pathway can be viewed under the appropriate tab below.

  Pathways to Club Coach Accreditation
A B C D E RCC PD
Coach Code of Behaviour Agreement
Hours observing an adult squad 5hrs 5hrs 5hrs 5hrs
Community Coaching General Principles online course (free)
Swimming Australia Masters Club Coaching Online Course ($95) if required
Online Club Coach Workshop ($150)
Practical Poolside Assessment if required
Verification of 30 hrs coaching if required
RCC application
CPR Course

If you have never coached before, you will need to complete the steps below.

     Note, please see the sidebar panel on this page for:

  • access to online courses from the 'Links' panel
  • access to documents from the 'Downloads' panel
  • completed documents & certificates can be uploaded via the 'Document Upload' panel
  1. Complete the free Sport Australia on-line Community Coaching General Principles Course (CCGP).
  2. Upload your Certificate of Completion.
  3. Observe an adult swim squad for a minimum of 5 hours and demonstrate a basic understanding of coaching principles and practice in an adult swimming environment.
  4. Download the Verification of Hours form and have your club’s Head Coach, a senior coach mentor or an Aquatic Centre official verify your hours.
  5. Upload your signed verification of hours.
  1. Complete the online Swimming Australia Masters Club Coach Course by going to the  Swimming Australia Learning Portal on the Course Links panel. Log in or create a new registration then select 'Browse Learning'. Scroll to the 'Masters Club Coach Online Course’ and click ‘Enrol'. This course will cost $95. Your club may reimburse you for this cost once you are qualified. This online component can take between 5 and 15 hours to complete depending on your competency. You can complete this any time and login as often as you need.
  2. Upload your certificate of completion.
  3. Complete the online Club Coach Workshop. This workshop includes an informal interactive online meeting with your assessor and other coaches. The workshop will take between 5 and 10 hours to complete depending on your competency.
  4. Download the Practical Pool-side Assessment Tool and complete with your Head Coach or coach mentor.
  5. Upload your completed and signed Practical Pool-side Assessment.
  1. Complete a CPR course from an authorised training provider. (HLTAID001, 002, 003, 004 or 007).
  2. Upload your CPR certificate.
  3. Download a copy of the Practical Coaching Log and complete 30 hours under the supervision or guidance of your Head or Mentor coach. You can include your observation hours from step 3 in this total.
  4. Upload your completed Practical Coaching Log.
  5. Check that you have completed all steps in this pathway and uploaded all required documentation.
  6. Download and complete the Club Coach Accreditation Application form.
  7. Upload the application form. This application will be verified by the MSA Branch Coach Assessor and your Club Coach Certification and Coach ID will be forwarded to you.

If you have coached adults before, you will need to complete the steps below.

     Note, please see the sidebar panel on this page for:

  • access to online courses from the 'Links' panel
  • access to documents from the 'Downloads' panel
  • completed documents & certificates can be uploaded via the 'Document Upload' panel
  1. Observe an adult swim squad for a minimum of 5 hours and demonstrate a basic understanding of coaching principles and practice in an adult swimming environment.
  2. Download the Verification of Hours form and have your club’s Head Coach, a senior coach mentor or an Aquatic Centre official verify your hours.
  3. Upload your signed verification of hours.
  4. Complete the online Swimming Australia Masters Club Coach Course by going to the  Swimming Australia Learning Portal on the Course Links panel. Log in or create a new registration then select 'Browse Learning'. Scroll to the 'Masters Club Coach Online Course’ and click ‘Enrol'. This course will cost $95. Your club may reimburse you for this cost once you are qualified. This online component can take between 5 and 15 hours to complete depending on your competency. You can complete this any time and login as often as you need.
  5. Upload your certificate of completion.
  1. Complete the online Club Coach Workshop. This workshop includes an informal interactive online meeting with your assessor and other coaches. The workshop will take between 5 and 10 hours to complete depending on your competency.
  2. Download the Practical Pool-side Assessment Tool and complete with your Head Coach or coach mentor.
  3. Upload your completed and signed Practical Pool-side Assessment.
  1. Complete a CPR course from an authorised training provider. (HLTAID001, 002, 003, 004 or 007).
  2. Upload your CPR certificate.
  3. Download a copy of the Practical Coaching Log and complete 30 hours under the supervision or guidance of your Head or Mentor coach. You can include your observation hours from step 3 in this total.
  4. Upload your completed Practical Coaching Log.
  5. Check that you have completed all steps in this pathway and uploaded all required documentation.
  6. Download and complete the Club Coach Accreditation Application form.
  7. Upload the application form. This application will be verified by the MSA Branch Coach Assessor and your Club Coach Certification and Coach ID will be forwarded to you.

If you have coached age-group swimmers but have NOT coached adults before, you will need to complete the steps below.

     Note, please see the sidebar panel on this page for:

  • access to online courses from the 'Links' panel
  • access to documents from the 'Downloads' panel
  • completed documents & certificates can be uploaded via the 'Document Upload' panel
  1. Observe an adult swim squad for a minimum of 5 hours and demonstrate a basic understanding of coaching principles and practice in an adult swimming environment.
  2. Download the Verification of Hours form and have your club’s Head Coach, a senior coach mentor or an Aquatic Centre official verify your hours.
  3. Upload your signed verification of hours.
  4. Complete the online Swimming Australia Masters Club Coach Course by going to the  Swimming Australia Learning Portal on the Course Links panel. Log in or create a new registration then select 'Browse Learning'. Scroll to the 'Masters Club Coach Online Course’ and click ‘Enrol'. This course will cost $95. Your club may reimburse you for this cost once you are qualified. This online component can take between 5 and 15 hours to complete depending on your competency. You can complete this any time and login as often as you need.
  5. Upload your certificate of completion.
  1. Complete the online Club Coach Workshop. This workshop includes an informal interactive online meeting with your assessor and other coaches. The workshop will take between 5 and 10 hours to complete depending on your competency.
  2. Download the Practical Pool-side Assessment Tool and complete with your Head Coach or coach mentor.
  3. Upload your completed and signed Practical Pool-side Assessment.
  4. Complete a CPR course from an authorised training provider. (HLTAID001, 002, 003, 004 or 007).
  5. Upload your CPR certificate.
  1. Download a copy of the Practical Coaching Log and complete 30 hours under the supervision or guidance of your Head or Mentor coach. You can include your observation hours from step 3 in this total.
  2. Upload your completed Practical Coaching Log.
  3. Check that you have completed all steps in this pathway and uploaded all required documentation.
  4. Download and complete the Club Coach Accreditation Application form.
  5. Upload the application form. This application will be verified by the MSA Branch Coach Assessor and your Club Coach Certification and Coach ID will be forwarded to you.

If you hold a current SA Development Coach licence (or higher) but have NOT coached adults before, you will need to complete the steps below.

     Note, please see the sidebar panel on this page for:

  • access to online courses from the 'Links' panel
  • access to documents from the 'Downloads' panel
  • completed documents & certificates can be uploaded via the 'Document Upload' panel
  1. Observe an adult swim squad for a minimum of 5 hours and demonstrate a basic understanding of coaching principles and practice in an adult swimming environment.
  2. Download the Verification of Hours form and have your club’s Head Coach, a senior coach mentor or an Aquatic Centre official verify your hours.
  3. Upload your signed verification of hours.
  4. Upload your SA/ASCTA Development Coach (or higher) licence.
  1. Complete the online Club Coach Workshop. This workshop includes an informal interactive online meeting with your assessor and other coaches. The workshop will take between 5 and 10 hours to complete depending on your competency.
  2. Download the Practical Pool-side Assessment Tool and complete with your Head Coach or coach mentor.
  3. Upload your completed and signed Practical Pool-side Assessment.
  1. Complete a CPR course from an authorised training provider. (HLTAID001, 002, 003, 004 or 007).
  2. Upload your CPR certificate.
  3. Download a copy of the Practical Coaching Log and complete 30 hours under the supervision or guidance of your Head or Mentor coach. You can include your observation hours from step 3 in this total.
  4. Upload your completed Practical Coaching Log.
  5. Check that you have completed all steps in this pathway and uploaded all required documentation.
  6. Download and complete the Club Coach Accreditation Application form.
  7. Upload the application form. This application will be verified by the MSA Branch Coach Assessor and your Club Coach Certification and Coach ID will be forwarded to you.

If you hold a current SA Development Coach licence (or higher) and HAVE coached adults before, you will need to complete the steps below.

     Note, please see the sidebar panel on this page for:

  • access to online courses from the 'Links' panel
  • access to documents from the 'Downloads' panel
  • completed documents & certificates can be uploaded via the 'Document Upload' panel
  1. Demonstrate that you have a basic understanding of coaching principles and practice in an adult swimming environment.
  2. Download the Verification of Hours form and have your club’s Head Coach, a senior coach mentor or an Aquatic Centre official verify your competence. You do not need to complete any hours.
  3. Upload your signed verification form.
  4. Upload your SA/ASCTA Development Coach (or higher) licence.
  1. Complete the online Club Coach Workshop. This workshop includes an informal interactive online meeting with your assessor and other coaches. The workshop will take between 5 and 10 hours to complete depending on your competency.
  2. Download the Practical Pool-side Assessment Tool and complete with your Head Coach or coach mentor.
  3. Upload your completed and signed Practical Pool-side Assessment.
  1. Complete a CPR course from an authorised training provider. (HLTAID001, 002, 003, 004 or 007).
  2. Upload your CPR certificate.
  3. Download a copy of the Practical Coaching Log and complete 30 hours under the supervision or guidance of your Head or Mentor coach. You can include your observation hours from step 3 in this total.
  4. Upload your completed Practical Coaching Log.
  5. Check that you have completed all steps in this pathway and uploaded all required documentation.
  6. Download and complete the Club Coach Accreditation Application form.
  7. Upload the application form. This application will be verified by the MSA Branch Coach Assessor and your Club Coach Certification and Coach ID will be forwarded to you.

If you have significant prior coaching qualifications and experience within the past 5 years, you can apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) following the steps below.

     Note, please see the sidebar panel on this page for:

  • access to online courses from the 'Links' panel
  • access to documents from the 'Downloads' panel
  • completed documents & certificates can be uploaded via the 'Document Upload' panel
This application is assessed by the MSA Branch Coach Educator before it is forwarded to the Chair of the MSA National Coaching Committee for final determination of eligibility as an accredited Club Coach. Based on the learning and experience that you document in your RCC application, it may be recommended that you complete some components of the Club Coach Course. You may apply for full or partial RCC and you will be advised which learning outcomes still need to be achieved, and what evidence is still required. You will need to complete the following steps:
  1. Download the RCC Application form.
  2. Provide evidence that you currently possess an equivalent level of theoretical and practical ability across all competencies and skills as someone who has undertaken the full Club Coach Course and been deemed competent.
  3. Upload your RCC Application and all your supporting documentation.
  1. Complete any additional steps that may be required for accreditation, following a review of your documentation.
  2. Upload any additional evidence that you are advised is required for accreditation.
  1. Provide evidence of a current CPR certificate, or complete a course from an authorised training provider (HLTAID001, 002, 003, 004 or 007).
  2. Upload your CPR certificate.
  3. Check that you have completed all steps in this pathway and uploaded all required documentation.

Professional Development & Re-accreditation

The Club Coach Workshop is open to any current accredited coach who would like to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Completion of this workshop will contribute 50% the Professional Development points required for re-accreditation.

Your accreditation will be valid for three years. During that time, you will be expected to continue updating your skills.

 

     Note, please see the sidebar panel on this page for:

  • access to online courses from the 'Links' panel
  • access to documents from the 'Downloads' panel
  • completed documents & certificates can be uploaded via the 'Document Upload' panel
  1. Complete the online Club Coach Workshop. This workshop includes an informal online interactive “meeting” with your assessor and other coaches.
  2. Download the Log Sheet template, add the date that you completed the workshop and any further coaching hours to keep your accreditation log up to date.
  3. When you are ready for re-accreditation, download and complete the Club Coach Accreditation Application form.
  1. Upload your current CPR certificate.
  2. Upload your signed Log Sheet and Club Coach Re-accreditation application form before the expiry of your current certificate.