SWIM Australia™ Foundation Coach

SISSSWM001 & SISSSCO005 Swim Australia™ Foundation Coach (SAFC)

The SISSSWM001 & SISSSCO005 Swim Australia™ Foundation Coach (SAFC)(formerly known as Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming) will be competent to deliver basic swimming squad sessions that develop the swimming technique of novice Swimmers – this is generally defined as Swimmers who are recent “Learn to Swim” Graduates and are in the likes of a “mini squad” and still acquiring the skills needed to transition into competition.

This Course is endorsed by the peak sporting body in Australia for swimming – Swimming Australia – as the entry level course for the swimming coaching accreditation pathway.

Teachers who have held the SAFC qualification for 6 months or longer are eligible to undertake the Swimming Australia  Development Coach (previously Bronze) course.  Holding current Swimming Australia coach accreditation is the minimum requirement for coaching competitive squads within swimming clubs or other facilities and to be able to coach on pool deck at swim meets.

All enrolled Swim Australia course students are covered by SCTI Insurance for the duration of their course and will receive complimentary Graduate SWIM Membership and Insurance for the length of accreditation (3 years), upon being accredited*

Units of Competency

This course covers the following units within the SIS30521 – Certificate III in Sport Coaching :

  • SISSSWM001 Coach Swimmers up to a competitive level
  • SISSSCO005 Continuously improve coaching skills and knowledge

Enrolment Conditions

  • You must provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI) number at the time of enrolment. A USI is your individual education number and is required if you are undertaking nationally recognised training. To find or create your USI and further information please visit the website https://www.usi.gov.au/students
  • Individuals on a VISA must check their VISA conditions before enrolling, we are not a CRICOS provider. Start a VISA query here
  • A current Working with Children check

Course structure

After completion of all online Units of Competency you will be welcome to attend the Practical Face-to-face workshop of your course which focuses on transitioning you from theory to hands-on practical.

Once the Practical Workshop is complete you will be required to undertake On the Job training under the supervision and direction of a Lead  Coach/Teacher of your sourcing. As your confidence and ability grows you will progressively become more involved in the lesson delivery and a Competency Assessment will then determine that you are at the required standard to work independently.

Students have up to 12 months to complete this course but may be accredited sooner should they have completed and submitted all course requirements.

  • Online Theory component – approx. 30 hrs
  • Face to Face Practical workshop – 7 hrs
  • On the job training – approx. 20 to 30 hrs
  • Competency Assessment – 1.5 hrs

Course price

Prices range from $315 to $365 depending on location. Please refer to the Course Calendar for specific pricing details prior to enrolment.

Course content

  • Swim Australia™ Foundation Coach
  • Being an Effective Foundation Coach
  • Swimming Squad and Group Management Skills
  • Biomechanics
  • Competitive Strokes
  • Session Delivery

Accreditation Requirements

Completion of:

  • Online Theory Modules
  • Practical Workshop Induction
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Competency Assessment
  • Accumulative Training Record
  • A copy of a current Statement of Attainment listing the HLTAID009- Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Completion of the Safe Sport Framework

You may enrol in the Swim Australia™ Foundation Coach course at 15 years of age.

Certification | Accreditation

  • Students who have successfully completed this course will receive an electronic Swim Australia certificate along with a Statement of Attainment listing the above competencies. Achievement of these units of competency provides credit towards SIS30521 Certificate III in Sport Coaching.

    All Swim Australia Teacher/Coach qualifications are valid for 3 years from the date of successful course completion.

    In addition, newly accredited teachers/coaches will receive complimentary Graduate SWIM Membership and Coach Insurance for the length of accreditation (3 years).

    Courses are to be completed within 12 months.

Want to get started?

The dates you see in the calendar are for when you can participate in your course’s practical workshop. To ensure you’re fully prepared, we recommend you plan ahead and set aside at least two (2) weeks from your preferred date to finish the theory component of the course. If you haven’t completed all the required theory components, you won’t be adequately prepared to attend the hands-on workshop. Please consult your Trainer if you face any challenges when completing the theory modules.

DateTimeLocationCourse CodePrice
14 Jul 202408:00 AM - 04:00 PMSt Kilda East, VICV07242480F$340
20 Jul 202408:30 AM - 05:00 PMOrange, NSWN07242481F$350
21 Jul 202408:30 AM - 04:30 PMPerth, WAW07242708F$360
27 Jul 202408:30 AM - 04:30 PMKununurra, NTC07242494F$325
27 Jul 202408:30 AM - 04:30 PMKunnunurra, WAW07242842F$325
28 Jul 202408:00 AM - 04:00 PMMosman Park, WAW07242886F$360
30 Jul 202408:30 AM - 05:00 PMErina, NSWN07241932F$350
04 Aug 202408:00 AM - 03:30 PMCotton Tree, QLDQ08242776F$350
11 Aug 202408:00 AM - 04:30 PMPort Fairy, VICV08242680F$325
11 Aug 202408:30 AM - 04:30 PMPambula Beach, NSWN06242784F$315

If you can't find a course in your area, you can submit an expression of interest for a course. These will be passed on to our SWIM Australia™ Trainers.

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