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Head Coach
Roles & Responsibilities

Role & Key Responsibilities of Coaches

To provide leadership to swimmers, coaches and volunteers working poolside to help all swimmers achieve their full potential up to and including national level.


  • To liaise with committee to implement the Club Development Plan and inform the annual budget, reporting on progress to the committee and annually to the Club AGM
  • Ensure all poolside coaching sessions and galas are resourced adequately and well run
  • Carry out appropriate administration work particularly as required.

Health and Safety

  • Comply with Swim Ireland, Swim Ulster, ABC, PASC and Cascades policies and procedures to ensure the safety of swimmers, coaches and parents at all times; communicate as appropriate to coaches to ensure compliance
  • Ensure coaches comply with all club policies, including child welfare
  • Liaise with the Club’s Children’s Officer as appropriate to ensure any child protection issues or concerns are dealt with promptly and in line with appropriate policies.


  • To co-ordinate regular coaching and parent meetings
  • Work closely with volunteers and parents to develop their skills and knowledge, providing feedback when required
  • To develop links with swimming partners and governing bodies e.g. ABC Council, LASC, Cascades, Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster, attending relevant conferences and meetings or delegate as appropriate
  • Prepare and present reports for committee meetings and AGM.

Coaching and competing

  • Develop and implement a 12-month competition schedule in agreement with committee and ensure appropriate coaching representation
  • Ensure parent understanding of the eligibility for galas and encourage appropriate swimmer participation
  • To develop and implement a structured training programme for all squads to achieve their full potential. Determine appropriate squad for each swimmer, develop and publish the squad requirements and criteria for progression between squads
  • To monitor and evaluate all existing programmes including all squad training sessions, membership etc. and implement any required improvements in consultation with the coaching team
  • Lead, develop and monitor the performance of existing coaches in line with Swim Ireland qualification ensuring that all qualifications are renewed and updated as and when required
  • To support and strive to continually improve performance in galas, and attend competitions in line with PASC policy
  • Implement a land base strength and conditioning programme to compliment the pool based training
  • Keep updated attendance registers
  • Carry out coaching duties as outlined in the coaching job description.

Qualification, Experience and Skills Required:

  • The Head Coach will normally hold a SI/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming Qualification or above (or an equivalent qualification)
  • Knowledge, experience & understanding of swimmer development especially transition from youth to senior
  • A proven high level of technical knowledge & experience of leading, coaching and motivating a swimming performance programme
  • Access NI clearance and current safeguarding children certificate
  • Appropriate IT skills, competent with MS products, Hy-Tek and Meet Manager software
  • Ability to develop swimmers’ technique, motivate and encourage high performance
  • Ability to recruit, support, give direction and monitor the performance of coaches and provide regular feedback
  • A first aid certificate would also be recommended
  • Sound organisation and time management skills, and commitment to the club
  • Ability to motivate swimmers and coaches
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the PASC Committee, swimmers, coaches, volunteers and parents, to give positive and constructive feedback
  • Good written and presentation skills required to prepare and present reports
  • Show an appropriate level of technical knowledge.