NATIONAL REGISTRATION PROCEDURES AND RULES – COACHES

1. Purpose:

The national registration process serves to both ensure membership compliance and to track and monitor the demographic profile of Swimming Canada for the purposes of strategic planning, reporting, risk management and programming. The registration cycle begins annually on September 1st and ends on August 31st.

3. Rules and Procedures: 3.1. All Coaches working with registered Swimming Canada swimmers must register annually as a Coach via the Swimming Canada online registration system, prior to becoming active in a coaching position.

3.2. The coach registration process is initiated in the online registration system by a Registrar and requires the coach to meet the registration requirements of Swimming Canada, the CSCTA and the Provincial Section.

3.3. Registration is complete when the Swimming Canada, CSCTA and Provincial Section registrations have been processed fully in the online registration system and the coach has met the minimum certification qualifications as state below and full payment has been made.

3.4. All coaches must be a minimum of 15 years of age to actively coach in a Swimming Canada affiliated program.

3.5. The registration period for coaches is September 1 to August 31 of each competitive season.

3.6. Coaches working with Swimming Canada registered swimmers must be registered in A1, A2, B, C or D category.

3.7. It is incumbent upon the Coach to manage their certification levels.

All returning Coaches (all categories) have until November 30th to become at a minimum Swimming Teacher CERTIFIED or Fundamentals Coach Level 1 CERTIFIED.

3.10. First year Coaches (all categories) have until November 30th to complete the following:

a) Community Sport Coach course to achieve Community Sport Coach IN-TRAINING status OR

b) Be registered in a Swimming 101 course and complete the Swimming 101 Pre-Course Workbook to achieve Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) IN-TRAINING status OR

c) Complete at least one of the following: Red Cross WSI / I Can Swim Teacher application to achieve ‘Swimming Teacher in-training’ status.

3.11. First year coaches referred to in the previous point (3.11) are not eligible to coach at any sanctioned competition unless they are being mentored and accompanied by a coach certified at a higher level.

3.12. Community Sport Coaches and Swimming Teacher IN-TRAINING coaches are not eligible to attend any sanctioned competition unless being supervised and accompanied by a mentor coach certified at a higher level.

3.13. Swimming 101 candidates are eligible to attend sanctioned competitions once the Swimming 101 course has been completed.

3.14. A Community Sport Coach may coach two swimming seasons at this level, and prior to November 30 of their third swimming season must progress to Fundamental Coach (level 1) IN-TRAINING status.

 Please see for complete registration policy :  SWIMMINGCANADA_REGPOLICYPROCEDURESMANUAL_1JUN2016

Minimum Certification Prerequisites for Coach Registration Categories (chart)

Registration Category Minimum Certification Prerequisites for Coach Registration Category Event Level
A1 Senior Coach (Level 3) IN TRAINING =

Complete Multi-Sport Competition Development modules – Coaching & Leading Effectively, Developing Athletic Abilities, Psychology of Performance, Managing Conflict, Prevention and Recovery, Leading Drug Free Sport and the Swimming 301 pre-course workbook

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Head Coach attending National Level Events
B Age Group Coach (Level 2) IN TRAINING =

Complete Multi-Sport Competition Introduction modules – Design a Basic Sport Program, Basic Mental Skills, Teaching and Learning and the Swimming 201 pre-course workbook

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Assistant Coach attending National Level Events
A2 Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) TRAINED (Not more than one year) =

Successfully complete Swimming 101 pre-course workbook AND Swimming 101 course

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) CERTIFIED =

Successful evaluation of all of the Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) evaluation requirements

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Head Coach attending Provincial Meets.

Not permitted to attend National Level Events

C Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) TRAINED (Not more than one year) =

Successfully complete Swimming 101 pre-course workbook AND Swimming 101 course

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) CERTIFIED =

Successful evaluation of all of the Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) evaluation requirements

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Assistant Coach attending Provincial and Invitational Events

Not permitted to attend National Level Events

D Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) IN TRAINING =

Successfully complete Swimming 101 pre-course workbook

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Or

Swimming Teacher IN TRAINING = Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or I Can Swim Teacher or Lifesaving Instructor NCCP application has been received and Make Ethical Decision training is complete.

https://www.swimming.ca/en/definition-training-certification/

Or Community Sport TRAINED (Not more than two years)

https://www.swimming.ca/content/uploads/2015/10/certification-pathway-community-sport.pdf

This is the default category for Coaches from other organizations such as Triathlon, Special Olympics etc., where they do not have a valid Swimming Canada NCCP certification

Non-competitive Coach, Masters coach, Triathlon coach, Swimming Canada affiliated Summer Club Coach.
E No minimum certification prerequisites

Swimming Canada and Provincial Registrar use only

Attending only NCCP certification or other education events

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