The MSA Coaching Adult Swimmers Course has been developed in partnership with Swimming Australia Ltd (SAL) as another pathway for Coaches to gain the Club Coach Accreditation. The course builds on the pre-requisite knowledge of the SAL Bronze Training Program and aims to relate basic swim coaching knowledge and skills with adult specific considerations to enable candidates to effectively coach adult swimmers.

To undertake the Coaching Adult Swimmers Course a candidate must have attended all theoretical units of the SAL Bronze Training Program and must be at least 16 years of age. The Practical Coaching unit of the SAL Bronze Licence Training Program is not a pre-requisite; however completion of this unit prior to commencing the Coaching Masters Swimmers Course is advantageous.

Course Aims

The Masters Swimming Australia Coaching Adult Swimmers Course aims to relate basic swim coaching knowledge and skills with adult specific considerations to enable candidates to effectively coach adult swimmers. This course is very much workshop based with candidates working closely with the facilitator through the theory units. The practical pool assessment is completed by the candidates getting in the pool and coaching each other.

The Masters Swimming Australia Coaching Adult Swimmers Course develops candidate’s competence in:

  • Recognising and promoting the benefits of swimming for adults.
  • Providing a safe environment for adult swimmers with specific medical conditions and/or health issues.
  • Applying the basic training principles to the development of an adult swimmer.
  • Providing an environment and approach conducive for adult swimmers to learn new skills.
  • Observing and evaluating the adult swimmer’s technique and performance.
  • Facilitating learning of the rules of Masters Swimming Australia.
  • Planning, preparing, conducting and evaluating training sessions that cater for the varying needs of adult swimmers.
  • Planning, implementing, monitoring and adapting a yearly plan for adult swimmers of varying levels.
  • Guiding adult swimmers to self-manage their development by sourcing additional information to improve their swimming performance.
  • Effectively communicating the details of Masters Swimming Australia programs and events to adult swimmers.
  • Applying self-reflection methods.

Course Assessments and Requirements

The Coaching Adult Swimmers Course has the following Assessment and Accreditation Requirements:

Theory

 

Attend all 4.5 hours of the Coaching Adult Swimmers Course.
Undertake the pre-course reading and post-course units (5 hours nominal duration).

Workbook & Practical Task

 

Satisfactorily complete the Candidate Assessment Workbook.
Satisfactorily complete the practical workshop and assessment.
(5 hour Coaching Experience Log for candidates who hold a current SAL Bronze Coaching Licence or have satisfactorily completed Practical Assessment Task 9 of the Bronze Licence course).

Resuscitation

 

Provide evidence of a current cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate from a training group recognised by the Australian Council for Resuscitation.

Code of Behaviour

 

Sign and submit the Masters Swimming Australia Coach’s Code of Behaviour Form

Timeframe

 

Applicants have 12 months from the date of the course to fulfil these requirements and submit for accreditation as a Masters Swimming Australia Club Coach.

Upon successful completion of all components of the Coaching Adult Swimmers Course, the candidate will be issued with the Masters Swimming Australia Club Coach Accreditation.

Course Units

The Masters Swimming Australia Coaching Adult Swimmers Course consists of the following units:

No.

Unit Name

Theory

Practical

1

Planning

30 minutes

30 minutes

2

Communication

45 minutes

30 minutes

3

Modifying to include all

45 minutes

4

Coaching adult swimmers

45 minutes

30 mins

5

Rules for Masters Swimming Australia

15 minutes

6

Practical pool assessment

1.5 hours – the above 3 units are all covered in a 1.5 hours practical pool session

Pre-Course reading

1

Rules for Masters Swimming Australia

Approx. 30 minutes

2

Coaching adult swimmers

Approx. 1 hour

3

Communication

Approx. 1 hour

4

Inclusion

Approx. 1 hour

Recognition of Current Competencies 

Potential coaches can apply for a RCC if you think your prior learning and experience means you can provide evidence to show that you are already competent in the learning outcomes of the Coaching Adult Swimmers Course. There is a formal RCC application process, which costs $55.

For more information, see the RCC Application Kit