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5 - 30th June, 2020

Swim England North West are looking for the next generation of aspiring coaches. We believe, this course will equip you with the knowledge and tools to actively support a swimming coach in the delivery of a planned training session. The cost of the course is £210. Individuals who successfully complete the course may (subject to bursary criteria being met) be able to access the Regional Coaching Bursary.  Lancashire County club members can also access the Pat Gabbitas Fund.

Training Format

Due to COVID-19, Swim England North West have been working hard to arrange a course which can predominately be completed online, with practical sessions to be delivered once swimming pools and clubs are back open.

    • Blended Learning is a more flexible approach where you complete the theoretical elements of the course online through interactive activities and checks on learning, prior to the practical workshops. The online learning and completion of assessments should take you are approximately 12-15 hours to complete.

Please ensure that you are able to commit to all of the dates outlined below.

  • Introduction Online Meeting will take place on Friday 5th June 2020 (6-9pm via Zoom).
  • Online learning will comment on Monday 8th June 2020 (individuals will have 2 weeks to complete this online work).
  • Theory Online Meeting will take place on Friday 26th and Tuesday 30th June 2020 (5.30-9.30pm via Zoom).
  • Face to Face Practical sessions will take place on either 11th/12/13th September or 9th/10th/11th October or 13th/14th/15th November (Please note these dates are dependent on when swimming pools and clubs are back in the water. Please keep all of these dates available to ensure you are able to complete the course.)
  • Timings may be subject to slight changes. Friday (6.30-9.30pm), Saturday (4-7pm) and Sunday (3.30-7pm).
  • Full timetable will be provided once confirmation on swimming pools opening and club returning to training has been established.

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone who wants to take the first step to becoming a swimming coach or interested in supporting a coach in a club environment.

Course content

The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activities and practical poolside learning. You will participate in at least three training sessions, coaching swimmers at county standard and above, to gain hands on practical experience.
You will learn about:

  • The role of the assistant coach
  • Importance of positive coaching behaviour
  • Physical literacy in swimming
  • Competitive swimming skills
  • Para-swimming
  • Types of training used to develop swimmers
  • How to deliver pre-planned coaching sessions
  • How to carry out reflective practices of your coaching


You must be at least 16 years of age and be a member of a Swim England affiliated club. There are no formal entry requirements for this certificate and you do not need any previous experience of coaching.

Please note once you have reserved your place below further information will be provided by the Region on the process to registering onto the course with the Institute of Swimming through its new web site.

Closing date is 9am, Tuesday 26th May 2020. 

Hurry as places are limited.


Old Chester Road
CH63 7LF


5 - 30th June, 2020

Start Times

6:00 pm

End Times

9:30 pm


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