The club needs a steady stream of volunteers to ensure that we can operate sucessfully and maintain safety for the swimmers.
Unlike a Swimming Teacher who work with non-swimmers or swimmers who lack confidence in the water, Coaches help swimmers to grow their capabilty and develop the skills and techniques to achieve their full potential. Swim Englan provide courses for coaches.
There are 3 levels of coach:
This is the first step to becoming a swimming coach and you must take a Swim England course.
Becoming an independant coach requires online learning and completion of assessments that should take you are approximately 20-25 hours to complete and requires that you have an Assistant Coach certificate.
You must complete an annual course. be at least 19 years of age and have been 12 months of qualified coaching at a SwimMark club and be coaching 10 hours across 5 sessions a week. You will also be requires to have a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check from your club.
Poolside helpers assist with the set-up of the pool for club training sessions and ensure all equipment is correctly stored away at the end of the session. They follow the instructions of the coach / teacher to support the delivery of the session.
They also make sure that swimmers have the correct equipment needed for the session such as pull buoys and floats.
They must be aware of the safety of the session at all times, ensuring the poolside is tidy and any health and safety risks are reported to the coach or appropriate personnel.
The Level 1 Judge encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.
You must be at least 15 to start the training, including some formal theory instruction and practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor. Details of the training course are on Swim Englands site.
The Level 2 Judge's duties are for all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter. You must be at least 16 years old and must have already qualified as Judge Level 1. The training follws a similar format to that of Judge level 1 with formal instruction and mentored pool side training with a workbook followed by a practical assessment. Details of the training course are on Swim Englands site.
A Starter is required to hold the Judge Level 2 qualification with a minimum of 20 hours post qualification experience as tht level. A prescribed number of practical training experiences as a Starter must be completed before undertaking a formal practical assessment. Details of the training course are on Swim Englands site.
The Referee has the responsibility for all matters relating to a competition and the athletes are depending on the Referee to uphold the laws of the sport in a fair and equitable manner. The Referee is the single most officiating role in competitive swimming, the referee has full control and is responsible for enforcing the rules, settling disputes between coaches and other officials. The referee is also the official who checks calls swimmers to their blocks and checks that all is in order before signalling the Starter.
You can start training to be a Referee at the age of 19, but you must be 20 at 30th November of the year you take the theory examination. The course contains theoretical instruction and specified practical experiences followed by a formal examination in November after which successful candidates take a final poolside practical assessment leading to qualification as a British Swimming Referee
If you don't want to become a fully qualified Swim England referee, you can do an online course designed for officials refereeing for small or locally run competitions. It is important to note that completion of this course will not qualify you as a referee.
The team manager ensures that the teams at aquatic events and competitions or other events have all the information they need and ensure the swimmers have arrived and the team is cohesive. This may include the organisation of the logistics where the competition is at a different venue. The Team Manager responsibilities are:
The swimming club is run by a small committee who are all club volunteers. Poolside, a cadre of trained coaches and officials, all of whom are also volunteers, are led by two professional Head Coaches.
There are regular training courses for those who want to become officials (coaches etc) and we advertise these courses on the training courses page of this website.
There's also a cadre of volunteers who help out at club galas and some competitions, plus providing help with all the other activities that a club like ours need to have to make everything run smoothly.
Not all the activities need someone to dedicate time on a regular basis, so any time you could spare to help out would be most gratefully receieved.
If your interested in helping, becoming an official or a member of the commitee, you don't need to be an expert swimmer or have any qualifications. Swim England do offer a course for technical officials to become a licensed official.
If you believe that you can offer some time to the club, in any capacity, we would love to hear from you. Whether you can spare time on an adhoc basis to assist with gala duties or are willing to join our committee or train to become an official we would like to hear from you.
Contact us if you're interested; you won't regret it as it's so rewarding and fun.