Level 3 Coaching Swimming - Course Info

L3 Web App 2021

Please note: the booking deadline for all 2021 applications is

Monday the 7th July.

Scottish Swimming are delivering Level 3 Coaching Swimming using a blended approach. Candidates will be led through all units through a mixture of virtual sessions, via Zoom, and practically based sessions, in line with current government guidance.  

For full course information, details and to submit your course application, please CLICK HERE.


This course provides coaches with a final opportunity to attend the Level 3 qualification in its current format. As part of ongoing work to create a new, fit-for-purpose coach education system, Scottish Swimming will be launching a new suite of qualifications from late 2021. Included in this structure will be two new ‘Senior Coach’ qualifications that will replace the current Level 3; one specific to coaches operating within the Children’s Development and Age Group domains and one specific to coaches operating within the Performance Development domain. These qualifications will be available from 2022 therefore coaches should consider if the current Level 3 opportunity is most applicable to them, or if it would be more beneficial to apply for a new 2022 course.

The Scottish Swimming Level 3 Certificate for Coaching Swimming is the 3rd level in the coaching education pathway.  The Level 3 Certificate focuses coaches on developing performance along the continuum from age group through youth to senior levels. Coaches will complete the learning units; but will apply them and will be assessed in the coaches’ home programme. We recognise that swimmers develop and coaching positions and environments change so the focus is very much on being able to develop and fulfil the potential of the swimmers. This is a candidate led course which involves practical coaching, delivery and group work for individuals aspiring to produce high level performances at youth and senior level.

Course Cost: £1250.00

Funding: Sport Scotland Subsidy funding available (please see our Subsidy page for further information and details on how to apply)

Who is the Scottish Swimming Level 3 Coaching Swimming qualification for?

  • Individuals who have aspirations to produce high level performances at youth and senior level
  • Existing ASA Club Coach looking to progress to next level 
  • Level 2 Coaching Swimming with club coaching experience coaching a minimum of 8 hours per week at Scottish Age Group stage (or equivalent out with Scotland) 
  • Level 2 Teaching Aquatics or ASA Level 2 Teacher Units 1 – 4 with considerable club coaching experience and coaching a minimum of 8 hours per week at Scottish Age Group stage (or equivalent out with Scotland)
  • Equivalent qualification and experience in swimming coaching


*Please note that the below dates are subject to change in line with National Events. 





16/18 Aug 2021

30 Aug/01 Sept 2021

18/19 Sept 2021


08/10 Nov 2021

22/24 Nov 2021

11/12 or 18/19 Dec 2021


05/10 Jan 2022

08/09 Jan 2022


07/09 Feb 2022

21/23 Feb 2022

26/27 Feb 2022


How to apply: To apply for the course, please submit your application HERE

Please submit any questions or queries to  education@scottishswimming.com