Training Midlife Women Certificate

Training Midlife Women Certificate

Swim Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Triathlon Ireland and Cycling Ireland are collaborating together to provide a first of its kind coaching certificate in partnership with The Well-HQ.

The aim of the programme is to provide coaches and teachers with the knowledge, expertise and support they need to train midlife women, ensuring longevity in our sports. This course would be useful for coaches in Masters Swimming Clubs, coaches and teachers who work with midlife women and tutors delivering coaching and teaching courses.

The course is about women but not for women - male and female candidates are encouraged to apply!

Limited places are available on the course and an application process applies. Applications are open from Monday October 11th to Monday October 25th (5pm).

Course Content and Schedule:

November 3rd 2021 to February 9th 2022

12 Week programme, involving a biweekly 90-minute webinar from 8-9.30pm (online via zoom), covering the six modules:

  1. Menopause 101 (3/11/21)
  2. Pelvic Heath (16/11/21)
  3. Facilities and Kit (1/12/22)
  4. Nutrition (11/1/22)
  5. Training Midlife Women (24/1/22)
  6. Putting it all together (9/2/22)

Swim Ireland are using Sport Ireland WIS funding to heavily subsidise the cost of this course to just €70 (usually costing €470) for successful candidates.

Swim Ireland members will receive 6 CPD points upon successful completion of the course.

Applicant Requirements

  • Swim Ireland Membership
  • Level 2 or above Teaching or Coaching qualification
  • Up to date Safeguarding and Garda / NI Vetting
  • Be aged 18yrs or over
  • Must attend all 6 sessions,
  • Must actively coach/teach in their clubs/community

Download "Training Midlife Women" Certificate Brochure here!

Application form available here! Applications close on Monday October 25th at 5pm.

Women in Sport Leadership Programme

Course Content

  • Leadership and Values
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Handling Challenging Situations and Developing Resilience
  • Crisis Management
  • Influencing in leadership
  • Communications and Developing Your Personal Brand
  • Governance in Sport
  • Change Management

Participants will also receive a one-on-one coaching session and support in producing their own Personal Development Plan. Guest speakers will also provide insight into their own personal leadership experiences.

The aim of the Women in Sport (WIS) Leadership programme is to provide training, guidance and expertise to support women to thrive in leadership positions in sport. Courses are open to female Swim Ireland Members who are already in Leadership positions or wish to pursue a Leadership position such as committee and board members, official and other volunteer roles.

The Leadership programme is supported by Sport Ireland WIS funding and each course is delivered by consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea, with influential guest speakers each week.

Upcoming 2021 Courses:

Course 1: Monday 20th September to Monday 15th November 2021

  • Eight-session course taking place every Monday 7-8.30pm, online via zoom
  • (No session on Bank Holiday Monday 25th October)

Course 2: Tuesday 12th October to Tuesday 7th December 2021

  • Eight-session course, taking place every Tuesday 7-8.30pm, online via zoom
  • (No session for Mid Term on Tuesday 26th October)

Places will be given to Swim Ireland Members via Application Process and cost a subsidised €200 per candidate. If you would like to apply for any of the above courses please complete the below application form and return to Bethany Carson via email; by Monday, 5pm August 16th 2021.


We are also accepting expressions of interest in an intensive version of this course as detailed below. If you are interested in participating in this format of the programme please get in touch with Bethany to be added to the interest list.

Wednesday 13th October and Wednesday 20th October

  • Two day intensive course 9.30am - 5pm online via zoom
Coaching & Mentoring Programme

Coaching & Mentoring Programme

The Women in Sport (WIS) Coaching & Mentoring Programme was launched by Swim Ireland in 2018, funded by Sport Ireland. The aim of the programme is to address the lack of female coaching across Irish aquatics.

For the upcoming year, we have identified several coaching courses across Ireland, where WIS spaces will be available. Although the Covid19 Global Pandemic is effecting practical elements of courses, we are still accepting applications for upcoming courses in which case candidates will complete theory elements online and practical elements post lockdown.

Each course involves a blend of online training and classroom / pool elements. Spaces are distributed via an application process, with successful candidates receiving a discounted course fee, along with mentoring opportunities post course.

Blended Level 1 Diving Coaching available NOW via WIS Programme, check out course details and more info by clicking here!

Women in Sport Wednesdays!

Women in Sport Wednesdays!

We are showcasing some of the prominent females working in our aquatic sports through Women in Sport Wednesdays! We will be chatting to them about how they started their sporting journey, how it has progressed, standout moments and of course their incredible dedication and commitment to sport.

We hope that this feature will encourage other females into coaching, officiating and other roles within Swim Ireland Clubs. We hope that it gives you a peek into the role and most of all we hope that it increases the visibility of these women in sport, appreciating their long list of accomplishments!

Feature 9: Louise Hennessy; Assistant Coach of the National Junior Water Polo Girls

Check out our interview with Louise here!

Feature 8: Jane Reilly; Level 2 Water Polo Coach

Check out our interview with Jane here!

Feature 7: Siobhán Egan; National Team Manager, Swim Ireland Coach, Swim Ireland Tutor.

Check out our interview with Siobhán here!

You can find the latest Level 1 and Level 2 Team Manager Course RIGHT HERE.

Feature 6: Rachael Lee; Level 2 Swim (Pool & Open Water) Coach & Irish Record Holder for the English Channel Swim.

Check out our interview with Rachael here!

If you are interested in becoming a coach or upskilling your qualifications, you can search for upcoming courses at the Swim Ireland Education Calendar and check out the Women in Sport Coaching and Mentoring Programme here!

Feature 5: Hayley Burke; Level 3 Coach, Swim Ireland Tutor, Paralympics Swimming Manager

Check out our interview with Hayley here!

Feature 4: Mary Dunne; Former Swim Ireland President

Check out our interview with Mary here!

Feature 3: Clíona Colvin; Level 2 Swimming Coach

Check out our interview with Clíona here!

Feature 2: Marian English; Level 3 Swimming Coach

Check out our interview with Marian here!

Feature 1: Mary Haughney; FINA accredited Referee

Check out our interview with Mary here!

If you are interested in becoming an official, now is the time! You can search for upcoming courses at the Swim Ireland Education Calendar

Sport Ireland Women in Sport Resources

A fantastic list of Women in Sport webinars provided by Sport Ireland during the 2020 European Week of Sport can be found below. These are a must watch for any female involved in physical activity - participant or coach!

Coaching the Female Athlete

Sport Ireland Coaching hosted a presentation and Q&A with coaches to discover how each of them gets the best out of the athletes they coach and the experiences they have of coaching women.

Hear from Hayley Harrison (Sport Ireland), Sue Ronan (Football Coach), Jon Mackey (Kickboxing Coach) and Fran Ronan (New Ross Head Coach and Wexford Sports Partnership)

Watch the webinar here (starts at 3min)

The Menstrual Cycle and the Female Athlete

Facilitated by Dr. Sharon Madigan, Performance Nutritionist at the Sport Ireland Institute, Go with the Flow – Menstrual Cycle and the Female Athlete included a presentation from Dr. Kirsty Elliott Sale on her recent research followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Katie Leydon and Irish boxing champion Ceire Smith.

Watch the webinar here.

Active During Pregnancy

This panel discussion featured facilitator Tarja Owens, Naomi Sturdy of Elements Yoga, Yvonne Byrne former Mayo Ladies Goalkeeper and Sinead Brophy of FFS Gyms. The webinar provided insight from current mums, mums to be and experts working in the fitness industry with pregnant women. All views presented were the individual speakers opinions and anyone looking for advice or to be active during pregnancy is encouraged to seek medical advice.

Watch the webinar here.

New Mums and Exercising

Led by Fiona Oppermann this panel discussion featured Tarja Owens and Lynne Cantwell and covered topics such as recommendations for a safe return to exercising for newly postpartum women and things to be aware of and consider. The session will end with a demonstration of some gentle exercises that are useful for new moms. All views presented were the individual speakers opinions and anyone looking for advice or to be active during or post pregnancy is encouraged to seek medical advice.

Watch the webinar here.

Watch the exercise demonstration here.

'Women and the Water' Strategy 2019-2021

'Women and the Water' Strategy 2019-2021

In December 2019 the Swim Ireland Board signed off our 'Women and the Water' Women in Sport Strategy 2019-2021.

The strategy follows the same 4 pillars of the Sport Ireland WIS Strategy

  • Coaching & Officiating
  • Participation
  • Leadership & Governance
  • Visibility

Check out how we will work towards all four pillars of the strategy over the next 2 years

Swim Ireland 'Women and the Water' Women in Sport Strategy 2019-2021

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