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7 - 29th May, 2021

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.

To register your place on this course you will be required to make a payment of £110.

Once you have finished all the theory, and practical sessions have been organised and promoted, you can book your practical session and make your final payment of £100.

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.

  • Online learning will need to be completed by Friday 23rd April 2021. 
  • Introduction Online Meeting will take place on Friday 7th May 2021 (5-9pm via Zoom).
  • Theory Online Meeting will take place on Saturday 22nd May and Saturday 29th May (9am-12pm via Zoom). 
  • Practical sessions will be arranged once pools have re-opened and clubs are back into a training routine.
  • 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 (prior to the initial date) 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.

Supporting Documents

Booking Guidance

Institute of Swimming Account Guidance


Closing date is 7pm Thursday 1st April 2021. 





7 - 29th May, 2021

Start Times

6:00 pm

End Times

12:00 pm


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