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Teacher of Competitive Swimming

Teacher of Competitive Swimming

*Previously Assistant Coach Award

This coach is qualified to deliver training sessions that develop swimming technique and attitudes of novice and junior swimmers – generally defined as swimmers 12 years and under - who are still acquiring the skills needed to compete successfully. The coach may work independent of any supervision as they are fully qualified to provide such delivery. Coaches at this level are encouraged to work with older swimmers to gain experience with this level as an ‘assistant coach’ under the supervision of a coach with appropriate qualifications.

Learn to swim programmes are welcome to have their instructors attend a course if they are teaching at a level where children can swim 25m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke. They can attend the one day practical course and be assessed on the day. This will give them a participation of Teacher of Competitive Swimming Certificate. If later on they chose to be a coach they can then do the theory component which will give them the full Teacher of Competitive Swimming Certificate.


$300.00 inc. GST   for a coach (practical and theory)

$200.00 inc. GST   for a learn to swim instructor (practical day only)

$100.00   inc. GST   once practical course is done to upgrade with theory


1 day + post course work. Teacher of Competitive Swimming is a one day course.  The course includes presentations, discussions, and practical pool sessions on competitive strokes, turns, starts and skills.

Course Dates:

Courses are run in the regions and are put on when required. If you want to register your interest for a TOCS course in your area or you would like any other information please contact an Education Adviser.


Enrol through the course calendar.

Corresponding resource:


Experience in coaching or swim teaching preferred but not necessary.

Post Course Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of workbook, submitted within 6 months of attending the course
  • NZSCTA membership. Have your membership number listed when handing in your information.
  • Complete 20 hours of post-course coaching, 5 hours of which working under the supervision of an approved mentor