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22 - 30th July, 2019

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 Water Polo coach in the delivery of a planned training session. The cost of the course is £470. 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

  • 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.
  • Online learning will start 21st June 2019 followed by face to face learning on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th July 2019.
  • Saturday (22nd and 29th) – 9am – 4pm Bolton School, 6pm-8pm East Manchester
  • Sunday (23rd and 30th) – 9am-4pm Bolton School, 5.45pm-8.45pm Manchester Aquatics Centre
  • Please note that all day timings will include travel between venues after 4pm for access to the pool sessions. The course will be held at 2 venues: Bolton School and Manchester Aquatics Centre. 
  • Full timetable will be provided upon full registration with the Institute of Swimming.

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone who has a Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach certificate who wants to become an independent coach.

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:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a Water Polo coach
  • Nutrition and hydration for Water Polo
  • Bio-mechanical principles in Water Polo
  • Key physical and mental qualities of a skilled player
  • Planning, delivery and evaluation
  • How to coach Water Polo sessions
  • Session management skills
  • Communication skills within the coaching environment
  • How to use a variety of coaching methods to meet player needs
  • Developing technique
  • Motivational techniques
  • How to support performers and assistant coaches
  • Evaluating your own performance
  • Planning for professional development


You must be at least 18 years of age and be a member of a Swim England affiliated club. Individuals must also hold the Swim England Assistant Water Polo coach, ASA Level 1 Award (QCF) in Coaching Water Polo or equivalent Swim England/ASA qualification.

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

To Book your Place

To secure you place on this course please click here

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Chorley New Road


22 - 30th July, 2019

Start Times

9:00 am

End Times

8:30 pm


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