Including details on pre-requisites for the course, role descriptors and unit content as well information on course duration and assessment, the syllabuses provide current and potential coaches with an insight of what they can expect from the new UKCC courses.
Delivered in a series of units, the new UKCC qualifications are offered in a flexible format to allow coaches to complete courses within a timeframe appropriate to their lifestyle. A further benefit of the UKCC structure means coaches are assessed in their own programmes by qualified ASA tutors.
Assistant Coach Education Manager Alan Rapley backs the UKCC coaching qualifications and says the flexible format and outcome-centred training can only improve the way British Swimming trains its coaches.
"We believe we have developed a robust coach qualification structure to suit the needs of the modern day coach," said Rapley. "The UKCC qualifications have challenged us to change the philosophy of how we educate people and the result continues British Swimming's tradition as a world leader in teacher and coach education."
All British Swimming Level One courses have already been agreed by the national UKCC accreditation panel, while level two and three courses in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming are awaiting endorsement.
About the Author: The Amateur Swimming Association is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water, and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn To Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,600 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.