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Education & Development

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.

Christmas & New Year Message from Swim Ireland Education Team

Hi everybody,

We would like to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas and let you know what we are planning for the New Year.

On top of our Level 1 and 2 Teaching and Coaching Swimming, Diving and Waterpolo courses we will be running a Level 1 Disability course from the 22nd to 25th June in Tralee. We are also planning to run the new Pre Fundamentals course which will replace the Adult and Child course next year. If you are interested in any course send us an email to let us know which course you are interested in and we will add you to the interest list for that course.

Watch out for all the CPD courses during the year. If you are interested in attending any particular CPD course send us an email.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

The Swim Ireland Education Team

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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.