Over the years we have had a few parents or older swimmers who have trained as coaches to back up the paid poolside coaches at the club. These parents make a massive difference to the ability of the club to devote time to making every child a better swimmer. The club is often prepared to assist with the cost of coaching courses. Please speak to the Chair if this is something you’re interested in.
The IoS is the major provider of courses on teaching and coaching aquatics. They offer some blended learning courses where some of the work is done online before the practical sessions. You can find out more information about courses here.
The club needs officials as for every gala we attend we are asked to provide ‘whites’ to help out with its running. Training as a swimming judge is stimulating, enjoyable, and does not require a huge time commitment: if you find yourself at galas regularly twiddling your thumbs, it’s a great way to pass the time and means you get in free to watch the swimming! If this is something that interests you, do speak to the club’s committee or current officials (Carol, Suzy, Trish, David, Patrick, Gordon, Emma, Vinny). You can find more information about training as an official here.