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Education & Development

Education & Development           

Swim Ireland is the leading provider of Aquatics Education & Training in Ireland. We offer certification courses in Teaching and Coaching Swimming, Coaching Diving, Coaching Water Polo and Coaching Synchronised Swimming. We have a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme which offers a wide range of face-to-face workshops and seminars. We also now offer on-line CPD modules to support teachers and coaches.

Swim Ireland in association with the Department of Education and Skills will be delivering a level 1 Teaching Aquatics course in July for Primary and Secondary School Teachers, this course will qualify for 3 EPV days. The cost for this course is €99 (balance is being subsidised by Department of Education & Skills). If you are a Primary or Secondary School Teacher and would like to book onto the course please contact Sharon at or 01 6251158.

The new Pre Fundamentals course (replacing the  Adult and Child qualification) will take place at Sport HQ, Blanchardstown at the end of May. This course has an online learning section which is starting now and the practical part to start at the end of May for two days only. The cost of the course is €300. All candidates must hold a level 2 Teaching Aquatics qualification as a prerequisite for attending the course. There are limited places available so don’t delay if you are interested in furthering your qualifications. Please contact the Education Office for more information.

The Education Department is now accepting applications for the upcoming Level 3 Senior Coaching Programme 2015/2016. The course will start in September 2015, exact dates for the course will be confirmed within the next month.

Closing date for Applications 12th June 2015

Course cost is €1,250 for current Swim Ireland members.                                                                     To discuss costs please contact Sharon at 01 6251158

For course information click on the following links:                                                                                 Level 3 Coaching Swimming Programme                                                                                               Level 3 Course Sylabus                                                                                                                        Application form for Level 3 course

Further details about all our courses are on the Swim Ireland website under the Education & Development tab or you contact

If you would like to book a place on any of our up-coming courses you may do so in the on-line shop on the Swim Ireland website or contact or

If you are interested in a course, seminar or workshop that is not listed in our up-coming courses, contact to register your interest.

The Swim Ireland Education Team

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There are numerous courses available with Swim Ireland, in a number of different categories. The categories available are Qualifications, CPDs and Commercial. For queries relating to Qualifications, CPDs and commercial please contact the Swim Ireland Education Team


The term ‘qualifications’ refers to the courses run within the Swim Ireland Education department which lead to a qualification as a teacher or a coach. The qualifications are mainly available at Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 is the introductory level to teaching or coaching and is 35 hours long. Level 2 qualifies people to teach or coach unsupervised and is 68 hours long.

The following course disciplines are available in the qualifications area:

Teaching Aquatics; Coaching Swimming; Coaching Water Polo; Coaching Diving; Coaching Synchronised Swimming

The qualifications are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and Coaching Swimming is available at Level 3.

One must have a Swim Ireland Level 1 qualification (or equivalent as deemed by the Swim Ireland Awarding Body) in the appropriate discipline before doing a Level 2 course. For example in order to do a Level 2 Coaching Swimming course, you must hold a Level 1 Coaching Swimming course.

CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development and is useful for people seeking to gain their Swim Ireland License, or for those who simply want to up-skill in an area of interest. CPD seminars are available in a number of areas, including stroke technique, teaching people with disabilities and teaching/coaching skills.

Swim Ireland courses are available throughout the year in all areas of the country. You can find the complete list of upcoming courses registered with Swim Ireland here.

Swim Ireland courses and CPD seminars are available nationwide, and once a leisure centre or a club is accreditied with Swim Ireland, they can run courses too. This means that if you are interested in a particular courses or seminar being held near you, it is possible that this will happen.

Licensing was introduced for Swim Ireland Teachers & Coaches in 2009. The purpose and benefits of licensing are not only to help raise, maintain and regulate standards of practice and help professionalise certain aspects and areas within the aquatics but also to help Swim Ireland reward and recognise those working within swimming both as volunteers and paid professionals for their achievement of qualifications.