Qualify as a Swim Ireland Level 3 Head Swimming Coach in 2021

March 26, 2021

Swim Ireland's Education Department is thrilled to announce the return of our Level 3 Head Swimming Coach Qualification – delivered for the first time in our Virtual Classroom.

This 8-week course will cover 10 units, ranging from athlete development to exercise physiology, nutrition, psychology, planning for performance and much more, delving deep into the roles and responsibilities of a Level 3 Head Swimming Coach.

Ex-international swimmer Bethany Carson, who is now an assistant coach at Swim Ireland's National Centre Dublin, believes one of the best parts about achieving this qualification is the coaching network she joined on the course, that still helps her today.

"Coming up as a competitive swimmer, I knew I was passionate about swimming, but I never thought I would become a coach!" she says. "I worked my way through Swim Ireland's coaching qualifications as I swam, so I could coach on various Swim Ireland programmes, then I realised just how much I loved coaching and helping people to improve and reach their goals!

"Completing the Level 3 Head Swimming Coach qualification gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to become a coach. The best part for me was learning more about season planning and entering a coaching network with others on the course, who I still communicate with today!"

How do I apply?

Level 2 Swimming Coaches interested in upskilling to Level 3 Head Swimming Coach through this qualification course should register their interest through swimireland.azolve.com, then submit their applications on our Swim Training and Education Platform, otherwise known as STEP.

Female coaches can apply through our Women In Sport Coaching & Mentoring Programme, which awards successful applicants with discounted course fees and a post-course mentorship to help you put your new qualification into practice.

Details of how to apply through this WIS initiative are available on STEP, after registering your interest through swimireland.azolve.com.

Places will be offered to 30 learners in total, in our biggest cohort yet to complete training at this level! Best of luck with your application and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Application Deadline - Friday, 16th April at 22.00


You must be at least 18 years old by the start of the course and hold a Swim Ireland Level 2 Swimming Coach License, valid Safeguarding certificate on your Swim Ireland profile and current vetting credentials. If you do not have a valid Safeguarding certificate and current vetting credentials, you will be ineligible to complete the course. Please click here for the procedure for vetting applications.

How does it work?

Swim Ireland's Level 3 Head Swimming Coach Qualification is split into three elements:

  1. Online Module via our eLearning Platform: STEP
  2. 12 x 3-3.5hr sessions in our Virtual Classroom with your Swim Ireland Tutor
  3. Two Practical Assessments with submission of coaching plan

The details of your Practical Assessments and coursework will be covered during your tutored sessions in the Virtual Classroom. The dates for the 12 Virtual Classroom Sessions are below.

Virtual Classroom Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, May 1 - 9:30-12:30
  • Sunday, May 2 - 9:30-12:30
  • Thursday, May 6 - 17:30-21:00
  • Wednesday, May 12 - 17:30-21:00
  • Saturday, May 15 - 9:30-12:30
  • Sunday, May 16 - 9:30-12:30
  • Friday, June 4 - 17:30-21:00
  • Saturday, June 5 - 13:00-16:00
  • Sunday, June 6 - 9:30-12:30
  • Friday, June 18 - 17:30-21:00
  • Saturday, June 19 - 13:00-16:00
  • Sunday, June 20 - 9:30-12:30

You will be asked to complete work in between Virtual Classroom sessions, and will be expected to submit this using our Swim Training and Education Platform (STEP).