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Club swimming is central to swimming in Tasmania thanks to the swimmers, coaches, parents, officials and administrators that make clubs run efficiently. The following links give access to information and resources for administrators charged with the running of clubs in Tasmania.



Swimming Community

The Swimming Community in Tasmania is made up of swimmers themselves, coaches, technical officials, clubs and their administrators, volunteers and parents.

Further information for each of these community members is available from the drop-down menu or by looking through the links below.


New and Prospective Swimmers

If you are just getting started or thinking about joining a swimming club in Tasmania the Go Swimming section provides a great deal of useful information on the benefits of swimming and of joining a swim club and being involved with Swimming Tasmania and in finding a club and how to join. Click here to Go Swimming!

Swimming Tasmania is keen to build the number of swimmers competing regularly with affiliated clubs, and has accordingly started implementing some participation activities for prospective members. Click here for some more information.

We also provide initiatives for new members to try events and different activities - more details available here.

Competitive Swimmers

As a competitive swimmer you will have access to a vast number of Swimming Tasmania organised competitions throughout the year. All details around our competitions such as the Calendar, Results and Records are available here.

Swimmer Development

Swimming Tasmania provides a structured swimmer development pathway to assist identified swimmers to progress and improve throughout their swimming career. An overview of the development pathway and programs is available here, or you can click on the links below for more information on particular squads and teams:

Open Water Swimmers

Swimming Tasmania holds an Open Water Championships each January providing qualification opportunities for the National Open Water Championships. We also have an Open Water development squad and work closely with Surf Life Saving Tasmania to promote regular Open Water swimming opportunities. Further details are available here.

Swimmers with Disability

Swimming Tasmania is committed to a swimming for all philosophy. Swimming Tasmania endeavour to incorporate inclusion strategies in all aspects of the sport, creating opportunities for people of all abilities to participate. More information about how people with disability can get involved in swimming is available here.


For more detail on our Swimming Membership options, including descriptions and fees, click here. 


Coaches & Coaching Courses

Coaching Courses

If you are interested in either course please contact tom.hancock@tas.swimming.org.au.


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 Standards, and must be familiar with and adhere to our Code of Conduct, Member Welfare and Child Welfare policies at all times.

Development in Tasmania

Swimming Tasmania offers development opportunities for coaches in a number of different ways:

Contact us for more information on any of these initiatives.

Key dates for coaches

Our Development Calendar is available here


National Coach Accreditation Information

Detail of the Swimming Coach Accreditation pathway can be found here.

Australian swimming coaches gain their accreditation through a multi-level competency based training system that recognises acquired knowledge, practical experience and coaching performance (in the case of ‘advanced’ qualifications). Swimming Australia, as the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) responsible for swimming, belongs to the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) of the Australian Sports Commission. The NCAS sets general guidelines for the development of course structures and pathways for recognition of coaching qualifications.

ASCTA administers the NCAS database on behalf of Swimming Australia and issues an annual licence upon compliance with State ‘Working With Children’ legislation and completion of ASCTA membership.

The link between learn to swim instruction and junior swimming coaching is an essential part of the coach development pathway. Swimming Australia has offered ASCTA the challenge of course delivery in this area and has transferred the former NCAS Green course content to ASCTA to commence delivery of Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes course (formally Junior Squad and Assistant Coach courses).

The aim of each tier of the accreditation system is to benchmark the competencies a coach should be able to demonstrate.

Bronze Coach – This is the ‘club coach’ standard in Australia. A Bronze Coach has been trained to plan, conduct, evaluate and modify swimming programs that will enable swimmers to compete at club / district and State level competitions. The Bronze Coach will work with a wide range of ages and abilities within a club or squad environment.

Swimming Tasmania offers licence courses for Bronze coaches. The syllabus is here, or you can Contact Us to check when the next course will be held.

Silver Coach – This is the ‘performance coach’ and is the first coaching level where ‘swimmer performance’ is evaluated. The Silver Coach must complete an advanced course covering the theoretical aspects of coaching and athlete performance. The Silver coach will have demonstrated the ability to coach swimmers competing at State and National age competitions.

Gold Coach – This is the ‘high performance coach’ and is an advanced coaching qualification that includes a theory component, independent study and research, as well as demonstrated coaching performance. The Gold Coach will have demonstrated the ability to coach swimmers competing successfully at National open championships.

Additional to the above accreditation levels, Swimming Australia present the following qualification to our medal winning national team coaches:

Platinum Coach – This is the Gold Coach that has demonstrated competency to undertake coaching duties as a member of an Australian Team. Performance standards required of the Platinum Coach will include; medal-winning performances at World Championships and/or Olympic Games.

Coaches having entered the accreditation scheme are eligible to complete additional courses for coaching Open Water Swimmers or Coaching Swimmers with a Disability to gain knowledge and have their expertise in these fields recognised through accreditation in these specialist areas.

To update your accreditation use this form.

Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA)

ascta is a professional membership organisation made up of coaches and teachers of swimming, who are responsible for maintaining the high ethical and educational standards of coaches as one of the nine stakeholder groups of Swimming Australia. Ascta assists Swimming Australia in the administration of accreditation courses and the licensing of qualifications to coach and work very closely together to continue to provide coaches with the most up-to-date and proficient resources of coach accreditation services available.




Inclusive Coaching

Further information on inclusive practices is located in the Inclusive Swimming section of our website. You may also wish to look through the inclusion tips for coaches.

Tools and Tips

The Australian Sports Commission has a number of useful tools and tips for new coaches here.

Development Models

The following articles make for some interesting reading and reference:


Parents & Volunteers

Volunteers in swimming

Parents and volunteers play an extremely important role in the contribution, support and development of athletes, clubs, coaching and officiating within swimming in Tasmania.

Parents and volunteers can get involved in swimming in a number of different ways, from helping clubs with the Friday night BBQ, hosting social activities, fundraising, acting as Team Leader for competitions, or joining the club committee. Talk to you Club President and Secretary about how you can help.

Officiating is another great way to not only support the sport but also see the action up close! You can help out as a time keeper or start learning the roles and responsibilities of the different parts of officiating. It's a fun and engaging way to get involved and support swimming, and there are lots of helpful people that will be willing to help you learn. Check out the Officiating part of our website for further details.


Guide for those working with children

Working with Children Registration applies to people within all sectors including club and association activity.
Sport and recreation plays a pivotal role in children’s development. It is important that safe environments
are provided for all children who participate in this sector.

Please click here for a PDF Guide!


Local Legends

Do you know of someone who demonstrates exceptional commitment to your club or the sport of swimming in Tasmania? It could be a swimmer, parent, official, club committee member or coach who just goes above and beyond time and time again... Make sure their efforts are recognised by nominating them for a Swimming Australia Local Legend award!

OPEN NOW FOR 2016-17!! Click on the Local Legends box just below to nominate.



A Guide for Parents of Swimmers

The Swimming Australia Parent Handbook provides valuable information for parents about:

Plus there's the always useful 'swimming lingo' outline!

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