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Silver Accreditation

Silver Accreditation

This coach is competent to plan, conduct and evaluate advanced training programs suitable for swimmers competing at NZ Age Group and NZ Open Championships (or higher) level competitions. A Silver Accredited coach has demonstrated the ability to train swimmers who have achieved National Age Group or National Open qualifying times. The Silver Coach will have the skills to structure a complex training environment that allows for a progression from club and regional level competitions to success at the national level.

Core Units: 

Unit 1: Talent Identification and Development

Unit 2: Mechanics of Swimming
Unit 3: Application of Training Principles
Unit 4: Drills and Performance Enhancing Skills 
Unit 5: Mental Skills Training
Unit 6: Nutrition and Health
Unit 7: Coaching Professionalism and Welfare 

Silver Accreditation components will be delivered over 4-5 days depending on course logistics. There will also be a practical component, which may be achieved through attending Youth and Open National programme camps. There is a total of 19 competencies delivered in 7 core units. There will also be post course work and performance criteria to be achieved.


Corresponding resource:

Coaching Essentials: A Swimming Coaches Guidebook. By Dr. Ralph J. Richards (Silver Handbook)


NZSCTA membership. Bronze certified (or equivalent)



Silver Coach RCC/RPL Application Kit