Swimming coaches are the backbone of our sport and are key to ensuring that clubs continue to develop and excel. We have developed a range of resources and programs to support coaches to be the best coach they can be.

What is the difference between teaching and coaching?

A Swimming Teacher may acquire specialist skills in teaching Competitive Swimming, Babies and Toddlers, Adolescents and Adults, Learners with Disability and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse.

A Swimming Coach helps to develop the swimmers’ capability beyond basic aquatic skills. Coaches focus on improving stroke efficiency, technique, strength, conditioning and race skills in their athletes through drills and training.

Teaching and Coaching

There are multiple opportunities available for teachers and coaches to work or volunteer within the aquatic teaching and coaching space.

Teacher and Coach Framework

To start your teaching and coaching journey, click here.


Coaching is a great way to harness your passion for swimming and be actively involved. It is not only exciting and self-satisfying but you can have a positive influence on people's lifelong involvement in swimming. Coaching is a rewarding job at all levels of swimming as you are responsible for helping people improve and develop their swimming, you can pass on your own experiences and watch people progress through the different pathways of swimming.


The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), is the peak body for swimming Coaches and Teachers in Australia. ASCTA is dedicated to developing world leading practises in the education, accreditation, professional development and on-going support for swimming Coaches and swimming and water safety Teachers.

Visit the ASCTA Website for further information.

Coaching Courses

If you are interested in either course please contact  


Coaching in Tasmania

Successful clubs are often built around a talented coaching team. They will have most contact with the swimmers and are clearly crucial in ensuring all swimmers enjoy and improve in the sport. Swimming Tasmania is committed to providing new and existing coaches the opportunity to develop and progress through their coaching career.

In Tasmania coaches are required to be members of the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ascta) to be on pool deck during competitions and to have access to our development opportunities or to coach State squads/teams. More information on ascta and the National Coach Accreditation scheme can be found below.

Coaches are also expected to uphold appropriate Behavioural Guidelines, and must be familiar with and adhere to our Safe Sports Framework at all times.






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