Become a Coach

Nothing quite beats the thrill of a competitive race. Swimming coaches develop the skills and technique of swimmers to help them achieve their full potential. It’s no wonder why so many swimmers decide to become coaches after calling time on their competitive careers.

But it’s not just former swimmers – there are plenty of Scottish swimming coaches with no previous experience of competitive swimming. What they all do have however, is an unrelenting drive, competitiveness and will to be the best they can be.

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Swimming Teachers predominantly work with non-swimmers or those not fully confident in the water. Teachers promote swimming for life to all, and can guide those swimmers with potential down a competitive swimming pathway. 

A swimming Teacher has an understanding of the aquatic fundamentals and a basic understanding of appropriate correction to common aquatic faults.

Swimming Coaching is a very different role; they help their participants to grow and develop their swimming technique and skills. Coaches guide and improve the existing technical skills of the aquatic discipline they work in, including swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo. 

A swimming Coach has an understanding of speed swimming techniques, a basic understanding of appropriate corrections to common faults and be able to deliver a series of effective training sets. 

Use our Poolfinder to find your local club and give them a call. Ask one of the club coaches how they got in to the sport and for advice on taking your qualifications.

Coaching qualifications are delivered across the 4 disciplines as follows:

Coaching Swimming (3 levels)

Coaching Diving (2 levels)

Coaching Water Polo (2 levels)

Coaching Synchronised Swimming (2 levels)

The first level of qualification (Level 1) focuses how and what to coach. Once completed, coaches are qualified to actively support a more senior qualified or licensed coach at any level, in the delivery of a pre-prepared session. You must be 16+ years of age at the start of the course.

To coach on your own, you will be required to hold a Level 2 qualification.  This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate coaching sessions.You must be 17 + years of age before the course begins.

The Level 3 qualification is only available for Coaching Swimming and is the route to becoming a senior coach.  It will enable you to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes to get the most out of your athletes. You must be 18 + years of age before the course begins.

To find a course please visit our Events Calendar ans search under the Qualification Category. 

Typically, Level 1 qualifications cost £300, but don’t let lack of funds stand in the way. Learners are eligible to apply for SportScotland Subsidy funding for Teaching and Coaching courses. Please see the Subsidy section of our website for further information on how to apply including application forms and deadlines. 

Luckily for you, swimming coach is the most popular role advertised on our Job Opportunties page.

The majority of clubs look to employ at least Level 2 qualified coaches as this is the minimum coaching requirement to be able to coach on your own although some will take on Level 1 qualified coaches who are training towards their next stage.