The Masters Swimming Club Coach Course provides candidates with basic coaching knowledge and skills training to be an effective adult swimming coach.

Requirements of the course

  1. Complete Masters Club Coach Course Pre-Registration Form
  2. Complete the Course Workshop Registration Form (available from your Branch)
  3. Complete Masters Club Coach Online Course (https://learning.swimming.org.au)
  4. Complete Masters Club Coach Workshop – hosted by local Branch
  5. Pool-deck practical assessment (usually at the workshop)
  6. Sign Coaches Code of Behaviour Agreement
  7. Complete & submit Workshop workbook
  8. Log 30hrs coaching on pool deck
  9. Complete CPR course

Candidates will be provided with the required login instructions and material prior to the commencement of the course.

Applicants have 12 months to fulfil these requirements.

 

Club Coach Units

 

Module 1 – Understanding Your Swimmers

This module focuses on understanding the range of swimmers that a Masters Club coach will coach, the various entry points into swimming and pathways for development. Online course accessed via: Swimming Learning Portal

 

Module 2 – Coach and Swimmer Self-Awareness

This module focuses ways to maximise communication, motivation, teaching and mentoring of adult swimmers. It looks at the various entry points into swimming and pathways for development, the various roles that a Masters Club coach performs, communication and coaching styles, and working with a group of swimmers. Online course accessed via: Swimming Learning Portal

 

Module 3 – Swimmer Engagement

This module focuses on specific coaching approaches, techniques, tips and teaching and learning methods that the Masters Club coach can use at the pool deck when working with swimmers across a range of abilities and backgrounds. The coach’s interactions with swimmers outside of poolside coaching also impacts on the degree of interest and motivation that swimmers bring to training and competition. This module provides guidance for integrating all the coach’s interactions with swimmers. Online course accessed via: Swimming Learning Portal

 

Module 4 A, B, C, D, E – Efficient Stroke Development: Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke & Backstroke

This module focuses on the technical aspects of swimming with each of the four strokes. It focuses on efficient techniques for strokes, starts, turns and finishes, as well as including information about biomechanics and swimming.

This module also focuses on how to identify and rectify common mistakes or problems with the four strokes, as well as with turns.

Online course accessed via: Swimming Learning Portal

 

Module 5 – Skills and Fitness for Competition

This module focuses on preparing the swimmer for training and competition, with a focus on physical development, monitoring swimmer performance and progression, tailoring training to suit the swimmer’s physical needs and work/family commitments. Nutritional and hydration requirements of swimmers are introduced. Online course accessed via: Swimming Learning Portal

 

Module 6 – Program Design and Management

This module focuses on setting goals and preparing training plans for swimmers across a range of physical development, technical abilities, swimming aspirations and psychosocial needs and demands. Planning is seen in the context of the shared goals of the club, coach, athletes and their families. The module will also focus on reviewing and adapting plans according to the progress of the athletes and external circumstances. Learners will work towards creating a session plan to be taken to the face-to-face workshop for evaluation. Online course accessed via: Swimming Learning Portal

 

 

Session 1 – Coaching Better

Identify and document own coaching philosophy, individual strengths and strategies for improvement and methods of self-reflection. One day Branch hosted course
Workshop + Assessment Workbook

 

Session 2 – Coaching Adult Swimmers

Identify the motivating factors and the barriers to adult swimming and the differences with age-group swimmers. One day Branch hosted course
Workshop + Assessment Workbook

 

Session 3 – Modifying to Include All

Demonstrate knowledge of basic strokes to modify and develop strokes for individual swimmers with specific physical requirements using the TREE method to adapt coaching practices. One day Branch hosted course
Workshop + Assessment Workbook + Poolside Assessment

 

Session 4 – Goals and Planning

Demonstrate an understanding of a Masters swimmer by developing a profile for two swimmers with different goals.

Work with mentor coach to develop an annual plan with periodisation for a swimmer with specific goals who is training with the mixed masters squad.

One day Branch hosted course
Workshop + Assessment Workbook

 

Session 5 – Session Planning

Plan and implement a basic session plan including objectives, timing, drills / skills, training elements and equipment for a squad of mixed ability Masters swimmers. One day Branch hosted course
Workshop + Workbook + Poolside Session & Assessment

 

Session 6 – Stroke Fundamentals

Identify the basic fundamentals of each stroke, the common errors encountered and the modifications used by Masters swimmers. One day Branch hosted course
Workshop + Workbook + Poolside Session

 

Session 7 – Practical Pool Session Assessment

Plan and conduct a 30 minute pool training session using the plan developed in the workshop. Assessment will be continuous based on the group’s ability to work together as a coaching team to modify and adapt the session plan, assess swimmers’ basic level and communicate clearly to make the session flow. Coaches will not be assessed on their technical skill in stroke correction. One day Branch hosted course
Poolside Session & Assessment