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ASA Swimming Assistant (Coaching) **BLENDED LEARNING**

L1- Competitive Swimming
  • Sport
    Coaching Swimming
  • Start Date
  • Closing date for applications
  • Tutors
    Nick Hatton,ASA South West Region,Jenny Demont
  • Available Places
  • Price

You must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the course.

Additional Important Information:

Learners will be required to provide formal identification and present this to the Course Tutor on the first day of the course. This should be photographc ID where possible, the following list details accepted forms of ID:

  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • ID card or other form of national ID
  • National Insurance Card
  • Photographic security pass for current place of employment
  • Armed Forces service ID
  • Re-enrolment of known student (record as ‘returning student’)
  • Exam certificate
  • Birth certificate (and corresponding marriage certificate if applicable)

We will also require learners to complete some documents and hand these to the tutor on or before the first day of the course, such as Emergency Contact Forms and Duty of Care forms (where applicable). These will be included in your final confirmation letter which we send to you approximately 2 weeks prior to the course start date.




This is a Blended Learning programme which means that learners complete part of the theory elements online. This work is assessed and will need to be completed prior to attending the face-to-face practical elements at Cheltenham Ladies College

Bookings for this course close on 23rd March 2017.  You will be able to begin your online learning from 24th March 2017. We will send you an email with details of how to begin this on or before  24th March 2017. You will have until 48 hours before the first face to face date to successfully complete your online learning.

Please read carefully through the other details on the page so you know what this course entails.

Dates and times for face to face units will be:  

Face to face course dates & times:

Saturday 8th April and 22nd April 

0900 - 1730

 **Please note that there is a £20 late booking fee applicable to learners that book on after 23.03.2017. This will be included in the course price total.**


What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning uses a combination of delivery methods to help you through your course: a arrangement of both e-Learning for theory work and face-to-face delivery for 2 days for the opportunity to undertake practical activities. You need to have completed all of your e-Learning prior to attending the face to face days. For further information on Blended Learning and FAQs etc please read through our detailed Webfolio by clicking here.  Not sure if Blended is for you?  Take a look here and try before you buy!

By registering onto this course you are agreeing to undertake elements of the course prior to the face to face days. The guided learning hours for the online learning and completion of assessments are approximately 18 hours.

Why pick a Blended Learning approach to complete this certificate?

  • First sport in the UK to offer a blended learning delivery programme for Level 1 and 2
  • Flexible learning to meets the needs of you as a learner
  • Industry leading eportfolio system that encourages reflective practice for lifelong learning
  • Green – environmentally friendly!
  • Your time, your pace, your environment
  • Interactive communities for you to talk, network and share best practice with your peers
  • A real ‘live’, dedicated assessor allocated to your learning
This vocational course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and understanding of the safe and ethical principles for effective coaching practices.
 As an aspiring coach this course will equip you with the knowledge and tools to actively support a more senior qualified, experienced, licensed coach of coaching, at any level, in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.
This certificate is endorsed by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). All Coaching Certificates are awarded electronically, via an ecertificate and through a third party organisation; who are registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 and are accredited to both ISO 9001 (Quality Standard) and ISO 27001 (Information Security). If you require a hard copy of your certificate you can apply for this following receipt of your ecertificate.

System requirements for online learning

  • Laptop or PC with Windows XP or higher Mac with OSX 10 or higher
  • Adobe Flash Player installed
  • Our recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox when using PebblePad
  • An internet connection is required to complete this course
  • We currently do not support tablets.

On successful completion of this certificate you should be able to:

  • Know about the role of the swimming assistant (coaching)
  • Know about the legal aspects of assisting in coaching swimming
  • Know about the structure of swimming
  • Know about the importance of positive coaching behaviour
  • Know about the role of the swimming assistant (coaching) in promoting swimming
  • Know about physical literacy in swimming
  • Know about competitive swimming skills
  • Know about para swimming
  • Know about types of training used to develop swimmers
  • Know the key components of swimming session plans
  • Know about swimming equipment
  • Be able to deliver pre-planned coaching sessions
  • Be able to carry out reflective practices of your coaching
  • Know about professional development opportunities

The course is assessed through a variety of methods and activities in the form of observation, written evidence and/or verbal discussion.  Your tutor will help you to understand the different sorts of evidence that are acceptable and appropriate, and what the methods of assessment to be used will be. Practical assessments will be conducted through observation.

Recommended Reading

For the recommended reading list for this, please visit Wavepower 20106-19: The ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

Further study
If you are successful in completing this course, you are eligible to seek supporting coach roles through employment or volunteering opportunities. You should look to develop your learning and knowledge of this discipline by working with other more senior qualified, experienced, licensed coaches.
Your personal development options include
  1. To undertake some of the professional development seminars offered by the IoS
  2. To undertake a Level 1 Award in another sport
  3. To undertake an ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification
  4. To undertake an ASA Coaching Assitant course in another discipline
  5. To undertake the ASA Swimming Coach course in this discipline
Course Syllabus

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This course provides all units for the following qualification:

ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Coaching)

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Cheltenham Ladies College
West Wing Hall GL50 3EP
South West

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