Posted on Monday 16th January, 2023

Club Coach Accreditation

 

updated Jan 2023

 

Club Coach Accreditation is now fully online using the Dita Solutions Learning platform.

 

You can become a MSA Accredited Club Coach, complete your Reaccreditation, or upskill through the Professional Development pathway, whenever you want and wherever you are located.

The Professional Development Course is open to anyone from any organisation, anywhere in the world who wishes to gain skills in adult coaching.

Please select from the links below for more information and registration.

MSA Coach Education Team

Testimonials 

“Thanks to everyone who has put together the online learning modules. It’s a great way to refresh my knowledge and I’m really enjoying them.”
Andy
February 2022

“ I really enjoyed the course. It’s very thorough and I love how you can do it online and at your own pace. The mix of videos, slides and written info was exactly right. ”
Simone
March 2022

“I enjoyed doing the PD Course to update skills for Re-accreditation course and appreciate the assessors feedback and suggestions.”
James 
November 2022

“The course was very helpful as a refresher. I opened a lot of my Swim Coaching files in the filing cabinet that is called “my brain”. 
Monique
February 2023

Login to the Dita platform

If you are already enrolled in one of the courses below, use this link to login to the Dita platform:

note – this is separate from your Swim Central login

Becoming a Masters Accredited Club Coach

Why become a Masters 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.

What will I be able to do once I have completed the training?

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.

Pathways to accreditation

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 Development Coach licence (formally Bronze) or higher, but have not coached adults

Pathway E: I hold a Swimming Swimming Australia Development Coach licence (formally Bronze) or higher and have coached adults

RCC: I have significant coaching qualifications and experience to apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)


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  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
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

Full course outline, costs and time requirements

Course Costs for Masters Club Coach Accreditation

Pathways A,B and C – $245 total, as two separate payments:
Payment 1 = $150 Enrolment – to MSA; and
Payment 2 = $95 for access to the Masters Development Course – to Swimming Australia

Pathways D and E $150 Enrolment + evidence of current Swimming Australia Development Course qualification.

Pathway Recognition of Current Competency – $150 Enrolment + $95 ONLY if required when RCC application is assessed.

MSA encourages all clubs to fully reimburse coach trainees once they have completed their training, so please discuss this with your club.

Code of Behaviour Agreement 

Coaches are required to agree to the MSA Code of Behaviour Individual Agreement Form for registration in the Masters Club Coach Accreditation Program.

Time: Agreement will be placed in your TO DO list in the Dita platform upon registration.

Verification of Hours Observing an Adult Squad

Depending on your entry pathway, you may need to observe an adult swim squad and demonstrate a basic understanding of coaching principles and practice in an adult swimming environment.

These hours can be used towards your 30hrs of pool deck experience required below

Time: 5 hours

Masters Development Course

The Masters Development Course is hosted on the Swimming Australia Learning portal and requires a separate registration, payment of $95 and login. It is a requirement for full accreditation and is accessible directly from within the Masters Club Coach course on registration.

Swimming Australia is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) responsible for sporting outcomes for Masters Swimming Australia.

The Masters Development Course covers promoting participation in swimming and how to plan, prepare, conduct, monitor, evaluate and adapt training programs to enable swimmers to compete at various levels. It is self-paced interactive modules, including case studies, practical scenarios and a quiz.

Time: Allow approximately 8 hours.


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Unit

Topic

Competency

Module 1

Understanding Your Swimmers

Coaches will learn the different reasons swimmers are engaged in the sport and how to cater for each individual in their charge.

Module 2

Coach and Swimmer

Self-Awareness

Coaches will understand their roles and responsibilities as a coach; develop an awareness of effective coaching styles; create their own personal coaching philosophy and learn how to evaluate their own performance as a coach.

Module 3

Swimmer Engagement

Coaches will learn specific coaching approaches, techniques, tips and teaching and learning methods when working with swimmers across a range of abilities and developmental stages.

Modules 4,5,6,7,8

Foundations of Swimming: Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke & Common Errors

Coaches will know how to coach swimmers in efficient stroke development of the four competitive strokes, starts, turns and finishes. Coaches will also know how to identify and correct common errors in technique.

Module 9

Skills and Fitness for Competition

Coaches will have the skills and knowledge to prepare their swimmers for training and competition, with a focus on physical aspects of development, monitoring performance and progressions and tailoring training to suit swimmers developmental needs.

Module 10

Program Design and Management

Coaches will know how to set goals and prepare training plans for swimmers across a range of physical developmental stages, technical abilities, swimming aspirations and psycho-social needs and demands.

 

Masters Swimming Australia Online Club Coach Workshop

The Masters Online Club Coach Workshop is self-paced structured learning modules, experience based self-reflection 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.

 Time: Allow approximately 8-12 hours.    


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Module 1 – Coaching Philosophy, Inclusive Coaching and Goals.

Unit

Topic

Competency

Topic 1

Being a Coach

Trainee can identify and document their own coaching philosophy, individual strengths as well as strategies for improvement and methods of self-reflection.

Topic 2

The Role of the Masters Coach

Trainee has the ability to organise, observe, analyse, communicate, improve and evaluate performance.

Topic 3

Coaching Adult Swimmers

Trainee understands the motivations and barriers for adults joining Masters and the differences with age-group swimmers.

Topic 4

Inclusive Coaching

Trainee understands how to modify a session for those who have restrictions in their current ability and adapts coaching practices to ensure participation for all.

Topic 5

Being SMART with Goals

Trainee demonstrates an understanding of swimmers individual motivators and how to use the SMART framework to manage their response to training in a positive and encouraging way.

Topic 6

Goals Case Study

Trainee can document a swimmers background, goals, risks and challenges as an individual case study.

Module Two – Planning, Training Principles and Session Structure.                       

Topic 7

Planning for the Year

Trainee understands the concept of periodisation and the principles of training.

Topic 8

Training Phases

Trainee understands that an effective training period or phase allows a swimmer to benefit from adaptations the body makes as a result of training.

Topic 9

Training Cycles

Trainee understands the benefit of training cycles so the body has time to work in intervals, respond to the training stimulus, improve through muscle adaptation and recover effectively.

Topic 10

Understanding Training Effort

Trainee understands how to measure response to training and how this affects individual training effort.

Topic 11

Session Planning

Trainee develops a focused session plan, bringing all elements of the training together in line with the goals of the annual plan.

Topic 12

Elements of a Session Plan

Trainee demonstrates an understanding of the elements of warmup, drills, main-set and cooldown.

Topic 13

Training Equipment

Trainee demonstrates an understanding of the use of a particular piece of equipment at any given point in the training program. 

Topic 14

Rest Intervals

Trainee understands how the effort required of each set is achieved by the use of rest intervals.

Topic 15

Writing a Session Plan

 

Trainee can write a simple session plan for a specific squad based on the planning framework and using all the elements of session planning.

Module 3 – Stroke Fundamentals, Faults and Corrective Drills and Adaptive Swimming

Topic 16

Fundamental Principles of All Strokes

Trainee can identify the basic stroke dynamics that are fundamental to each of the four strokes in adult swimmers.

Topic 17, 18, 19, 20

Fundamentals of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly &

Common Errors and Drills

Trainee can coach freestyle stroke fundamentals and build a program that incorporates drills for both simple stroke correction and stroke development in adult swimmers.

Topic 21

Adaptive Swimming in Masters

Trainee understands how to modify the way a stroke or skill is performed to allow swimmers with an injury or limited range of movement to continue to perform the skill to the best of their ability.

Practical Pool Assessment

This is a practical 30-60 min pool-deck session with a minimum of 4 adult swimmers of varying abilities where trainee coach is assessed on ability to modify and adapt the session plan, assess swimmers’ basic abilities and communicate clearly to make the session flow.

Time: Allow approximately 1-3 hours including preparation time.


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Unit Assessed

Competency

Plan and conduct a swim session

Trainee can plan and conduct an appropriate and safe workout session.

Assess each swimmer’s ability

Trainee can appropriately assess an adult swimmer’s physical condition/capabilities and can provide relevant feedback on stroke faults to the swimmer.

Communicate effectively

Trainee can effectively communicate the session plan and outcomes with the group.

Modify to include all swimmers

Trainee can effectively modify the session plan to fit with the session timing, pool environment, lanes and equipment available for the assessment.

Respond to feedback, self-reflect & work effectively with others

Trainee can work effectively with others, self-reflect on session outcomes and respond appropriately to feedback.

Promoting fun, fitness and friendship

Trainee provides an enjoyable and inclusive session for all involved.

Coaching Hours on Pool-deck

Coaches are required to undertake supervised hours coaching adult swimmers, for a recommended minimum of 30 hours being conducted under the supervision or guidance of a Mentor Coach.

Any hours done observing an adult swim squad under supervisor of a mentor coach as part of this program can be counted in the 30hrs required.

Time: Allow between 2-6 months to gain 30 hours of pool deck experience, depending on your club sessions. Most Masters clubs welcome trainee coaches to assist them gain their 30hrs.

CPR Certificate

Masters Club Coaches are required to demonstrate they are competent in CPR and provide evidence of a current cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate from a Registered Training Provider.

Time: CPR certificates must be current at the time of application and renewed each 12 months.

Accreditation and Continuous Improvement

You have 12 months from when you enrol to complete the above course requirements to apply for accreditation as a Masters Club Coach. Once accredited you will need to undertake continuous improvement activities to enable re-accreditation.

 Time: Accreditation is valid for 3 years.

 

Register in the Club Coach Accreditation 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



Renew your Coach accreditation

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

Downoad guidelines for re-accreditation here

This course is for MSA coaches who are currently accredited and whose accreditation is due to expire or has expired no more than 6 months ago. If your accreditation expired more than 6 months ago, please select the  Register in the Club Coach Accreditation Course  +  tab above, and follow the steps for the Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) entry pathway. 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.



Club Coach Workshop as a refresher course/Professional Development

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.



Get the basic qualification to assist on pool deck

MSA Levels of Coaching Engagement

Masters Swimming Australia (MSA) is encouraging all Clubs to ensure their coaches on deck have the appropriate training and skills to deliver a safe programme to swimmers. The organisation and its insurers have the expectation that all coaches on pool deck are qualified and hold a level of accreditation by January 2024.

To encourage a safe swimming environment, MSA is implementing Coaching Qualification Guidelines that require coaches engaging on pool deck with a Masters Club training session, to have current qualifications which are recognised by MSA and their Insurers.

Masters Swimming Australia recognises the tremendous contribution that members undertake in holding training sessions and want to ensure they are recognised with the appropriate skills and qualifications. The table below outlines the coaching levels that Clubs can follow to ensure their coaches meet the MSA Coaching Qualification standards and ensure they are covered by the MSA Insurance Policy.


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MSA Coaching Qualification Guidelines

Level

Status

Insurance Cover

Next step

Accredited Masters Club Coach

 

Completed one of the pathways to accreditation.

 

Yes.

Required to complete re-accreditation within 6 months of expiry every three (3) years. 

Masters Club Coach Trainee

Commenced the process of accreditation following the applicable pathway. Is supervised by an approved person1 when gaining practical experience as a coach.

Yes.

Covered by MSA Policy as a trainee under supervision of an approved person.

 

 

Complete pathway to Club Coach Accreditation within twelve (12) months of commencement.

Professional Coach engaged by a Masters Club to provide coaching services

Holds current Coaching qualifications with another swimming body e.g., ASCTA, Swim Australia, Triathlon, Austswim

Not covered by MSA Policy as a coach.

Would need to arrange own insurance.

Recommend the Club Coach Workshop as PD Certification for full Masters understanding.

Can “bridge” to full Club Coach Accreditation Course via the RCC Pathway if they hold the PD Certificate.

Person who steps up to lead the session program from pool deck.

Person is generally leading a program written by an accredited Masters coach but is not a coach.

Not covered by MSA Policy as a coach.

Must complete the online Club Coach Workshop (PD) to be covered by MSA insurance by Jan 2024.

Person who organises the swimmers into the pool and participates as a swimmer.

Person acts as a voluntary organiser of the swimmers into the pool only, does not coach nor instruct the swimmers in any way.

Yes.

Covered by MSA Policy as a swimmer not as a coach.

Keep having fun swimming!

Upgrade from PD course to become a fully accredited Masters Club Coach

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. We recommend that you read all the full course information on the  Becoming a Masters Accredited Club Coach  +  tab above to determine your best entry pathway. 

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.

MSA Club Coach Accreditation Refund Policy

Refunds for the MSA Club Coach Accreditation program are covered by the provisions of the MSA Refund Policy.
In addition to the provisions of the MSA Refund Policy, the following provisions apply specific to the MSA Club Coach Accreditation program.

  1. If a Club Coach Assessor recommends that a user is not suitable for any of the Pathways of the Club Coach course, a full refund of the user’s training costs will be offered.
  2. If a user enrols in the incorrect pathway of the Club Coach course, a full refund of the user’s training costs for the incorrect course will be offered, unless transferred to a suitable Pathway when any differential of fees may be refunded
  3. If a user changes their mind or can’t continue because of personal circumstances outside of the provisions of the MSA Refund Policy, no refund will be offered, unless under special considerations from the National Coaching Committee and Coach Educator.

FAQs (under construction)

Club Coach reading resources

These, and more, available from the Dita platform (select the Library tab once in the Dita player) 

  • Coaching Adult Swimmers
  • Communication
  • Inclusion
  • Sports Dieticians Australia – Nutrition for Masters Athletes
  • Planning
  • Sample Annual Planning Template
  • Freo Fins Annual Plan May 19 – Apr 20
  • Writing An Annual Training Plan