Steps in arranging Swim Ireland courses and CPD seminars
This section is designed to help you, the course organiser, run Swim Ireland courses and CPD seminars. It will take you through the various courses/seminars on offer, how to go about organising a course/seminar, the breakdown of hours across our courses and seminars and course syllabi.
First, Swim Ireland are always happy to work with clubs and leisure centres in order to run courses and seminars, and we are of the opinion that the more courses and seminars take place, the better it is for all involved in aquatics in Ireland. If you would like to run a course/seminar in your club or facility have a look over this section and then make contact with the Swim Ireland Education Team who will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have.
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Table of Contents
- Courses and CPD seminars available
- Accredited Centres
- Course/Seminar registration forms
- Course costs
- Duration of Swim Ireland courses
- Quality Assurance
- Course assessment
- Child Protection course requirements
- Course and CPD seminar evaluation
- Course results
- Licensing and Associate Membership of Swim Ireland
- Courses and CPD seminars available
Swim Ireland have a large number of different courses and CPDs available, in a range of disciplines. Courses are available in 5 different disciplines (Teaching Aquatics, Coaching Swimming, Coaching Water Polo, Coaching Diving and Coaching Swimming) and we have around 20 different CPD seminars available. We also offer courses in Disabilities, Adult and Child and Aquafit.
All Swim Ireland courses must take place in an ‘Accredited Centre’. An accredited centre is a centre or a club with the facilities necessary to run a Swim Ireland course in a safe and professional manner. The accreditation process is simple and costs only €20.
The Accredited Centre Information Pack and application form can be found by clicking here.
Course/seminar registration forms
Swim Ireland courses and CPD seminars only become ‘official’ once they are registered with Swim Ireland. Any course or CPD seminar can be registered on one of the 2 forms below. Courses and seminars must be registered with Swim Ireland at least 28 days in advance, as this allows Swim Ireland to find a tutor if needs be for the course/seminar, recruit external candidates, register the course with Coaching Ireland and ensure that the resources for the course/seminar are sent to the centre in time.
When you are registering a Swim Ireland course, it is particularly important that the timetable section is filled in correctly as this is the timetable that will be on the Swim Ireland website for potential candidates to view when they are looking for a course. Also if you as a club/facility are registering your own candidates for a course, you must fill in their details on the course registration form, as we can only hold spaces on a course for registered candidates.
Registration forms must be submitted electronically and in a format that Swim Ireland can edit, such as .doc, .docx or .odt. This is so that in the event of a timetable changing or candidate details changing, this can be edited in the office. Unfortunately, scans, faxes, PDFs and handwritten forms are not acceptable.
Swim Ireland courses and CPD seminars are charged on a per candidate basis. This candidate fees is inclusive of all tutor fees, facility hire, examination fees, registration with Coaching Ireland, course resources, certification, postage and administration fees.
The following table shows the course/seminar fees in Euro and Sterling.
For all courses and CPD seminars, Swim Ireland can offer you as host club/facility, 3 free members on your course/seminar or an equal value off the course candidate fees. For example for a Level 1 course in the Republic of Ireland, Swim Ireland can offer you €1,200 (3x€400) off course fees in return for free facility hire. This must be agreed with Swim Ireland at the time of course registration. Similarly for a 3 hour CPD seminar bring run in Northern Ireland, Swim Ireland can offer £90 (3x£30) off seminar fees in return for facility hire.
All course fees must be paid in advance of the course, even if candidates are being registered by the club/facility.
Duration of Swim Ireland courses
All Swim Ireland courses are broken down into Units, and each Unit has a specific minimum hours requirements. It does however need to be recognised that some people may require extra time to complete a Unit and the larger the group attending a course, the harder it is to complete a given Unit in the minimum amount of time.
Level 1 courses are 35 hours long and Level 2 courses are 68 hours long. 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.
Level 1 courses are made up of 2 Units, Unit 1 being generic across all disciplines and Unit 2 being discipline specific. Each Unit is made up of both theory and practical hours, as detailed here.
Level 2 courses are made up of 6 Units, Units 1-3 being generic across all disciplines and Units 4-6 being discipline specific. Like Level 1, there are theory and practical components of each Unit, as detailed here.
The unitised structure of Swim Ireland courses makes it easy for candidates to qualify in a number of disciplines. A candidate who holds a Level 1 Teaching Aquatics certificate would only need to do Level 1 Unit 2 Coaching Swimming in order to gain a Level 1 Coaching Swimming certificate for example. A candidate with a Level 2 Coaching Swimming certificate would only need to do Units 4-6 of a Level 2 Teaching Aquatics course in order to gain that qualification.
How you structure the course as the organiser is up to you. Courses can be run intensively over one or two weeks depending on level of course, over Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays or any combination of days that suits your club/facility and the tutor assigned to your course. The availability of practical teaching/coaching hours will also play a role in how the course is scheduled. Swim Ireland recommend that no more than 8.5hours (including breaks) be delivered to candidates on any one day, that appropriate rest breaks are given to candidates during the day and that late night sessions aren’t followed by very early morning sessions if at all possible.
As part of Swim Ireland’s commitment to the provision of high-quality education and training courses, courses and seminars may be visited by an ‘Internal Verifier’. This person is there simply to ensure that the courses are being run to the required standards and that candidates are being assessed in a fair and reasonable manner and in line with the Swim Ireland awarding body.
Swim Ireland courses are assessed via a mixture of continuous theoretical and practical assessment on the course and written exams.
The written exam for a Level 1 course is a one hour long, 20 question multiple choice examination paper on Unit 2 (What to Teach/Coach).
Level 2 courses are examined on Units 1 (Health and Safety) and Unit 4 (Techniques) of the course. The Unit 1 exam is a half hour long written paper and the Unit 4 exam is a one hour long written paper.
Special examination provisions can be made for candidates who may need it, such as a certified medical condition, extenuating circumstances or doesn’t have English as a first language. Adaptation which can be made include extra time for exams, a reader/writer or a combination of the above. Polices and procedures relating to candidate assessment, special consideration and exam conditions can be found here.
Continuous assessment is done via assessment of the candidate’s written work and practical work, as well or oral questioning.
Child Protection course requirements
It is one of the criteria for Swim Ireland courses that candidates must have a Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Children’s Sport course (ROI) from the Irish Sports Council or a Safeguarding Children course (NI) from Sport NI completed before a course starts. This is a pre-requisite for all Swim Ireland courses. Candidates will be asked to show Swim Ireland evidence of their certificate and certificate number prior to the course and they will not receive any course results until the course has been completed.
Course and CPD seminar evaluation
Swim Ireland welcome comments and feedback on all aspects of our courses and seminars, and the Education system in general. Without comments and feedback, we can’t tailor our system to the needs of our members and the people taking our courses. All feedback is considered and taken on board.
Candidates are given an evaluation form after each course and seminar that they do, and they are also available below.
Swim Ireland courses results will be issued as soon as possible after the course finishes, but the issuing of results is dependent on a number of factors, such as attendance at a Child Protection course and payment of course fees in full. The turn around time for issuing of results is normally 6-8 weeks from receipt of all course documentation, but this may take longer in busy periods.
All Swim Ireland exams are sent out of office to be corrected by an external examiner to ensure fairness and equality. Exams may also be selected to be over marked, again in the interests of fairness and equality.
Swim Ireland course results will only be issued to the candidate themselves, even if they are funded to take part in the course by a club or a facility. They will be issued in the post at the address given by the candidate on their registration form at the start of their course. If this address changes it is up to the candidate to inform the Swim Ireland office.
Licensing and Associate Membership of Swim Ireland
Associate membership is the professional membership of Swim Ireland, and it is designed to enable Teachers and Coaches to take out their own personal liability insurance, to cover them to teach/coach within the remit of their qualification. You can only take out Associate Membership once you have a Swim Ireland qualification. More information can be found by clicking here.
From the 1st of July 2011, it became mandatory for anyone joining Swim Ireland as an Associate Member to hold a Swim Ireland license. This license is issued subject to the candidate meeting the necessary criteria, such as having 6 CPD points. Licenses are valid for 3 years (full license) and show that the holder is committed to up-skilling and lifelong learning. More information on licensing can be found by clicking here.