Masters Swimming NSW Coaching News

MSA Club Coach Course Online Delivery

During the COVID lockdowns, all Club Coach Course face-to-face workshops were suspended.

The National Coaching Committee (NCC) tasked Masters Swimming WA (MSWA) with building and piloting an Online Club Coach Workshop to ensure ongoing coach education for both metropolitan and regional trainees.

The Pilot Online Club Coach Workshop was successfully completed in November 2020 and has been approved by the NCC as an accredited course.

MSWA has offered to extend the pilot to other States with trainees ready to complete their training while the pilot is being transitioned to a MSA national platform during 2021.

They have set up a pilot webpage to guide users through the registration process for the whole Club Coach Program. Hopefully, it will be self-explanatory.

If you are interested in completing your Club Coach qualifications and being part of the Pilot Online Club Coach Course, please click on the link and have a look at the preliminary information about each Pathway and click the Register tab.

When registering, please select the Pathway that is appropriate for your current level of training and agree to the Coach Code of Behaviour and click the SUBMIT button.

This will send the MSWA course administrator, a notification that you are in the system, which State you are from and which pathway to accreditation you are on. They will then notify us that we have a NSW trainee in the system so we can be your coach mentor during your accreditation journey.

After you have registered, you will get an email with a link to the Coach Accreditation webpage which is your one-stop-shop for your whole accreditation journey. Read through and complete all the steps that your Pathway requires.

Please email if you have any problems at all and we will try our best to resolve them for you. Alternatively, email if you have any queries about which pathway to select.

Happy journey and we look forward to your valuable feedback.


Anne Smyth, MSNSW Branch Coaching Director

Stroke Workshops

Masters Coaches are available to visit your club and offer their expertise in stroke correction. To avail yourselves of this opportunity, contact the branch office.

Masters Coach membership
If you are Masters Coach but not a member, you are eligible to become part of our Masters Swimming Community for only $10 under the banner of Coach, Technical official or Volunteer membership. Go to and click on the  “Non-Swimming Members” tab for more information.

Backstroke Rules
It is very important to ensure swimmers are aware of rules to avoid disqualifications. As our referees tell us, in the number of DQs the vast majority are to do with backstroke turns and finishes. As coaches, we can help our swimmers by ensuring that correct turns are done in training. These should also be done at race speed so swimmers are familiar with stroke counts to wall. Check out the backstroke rules update and pass onto your swimmers.

Relay Meet – a great way to encourage new swimmers to compete
It is often difficult to engage older swimmers in competing. Over the past few years The relay meet is an excellent opportunity to introduce first time swimmers to competition. It is a lot of fun, there is no pressure and it is all about team spirit and camaraderie. A members story:
At this year’s relay meet, Donna swam for her club. She is in her 50’s, joined Masters this year and has never competed previously. She loved it and I think this will spur her on to enter more. Her elderly mother, who came to watch, was so impressed that she too is going to join a Masters club in Sydney and has just bought her first pair of goggles!  So keep it in mind for next year to use the relay meet as an excellent starting point to competition – it embraces what Masters is about: fun, friendship and fitness.

Coaches are required to update every four years
To do so you need to complete the Club Coach Updating form and the Coaching Code of Behaviour form and submit with your current CPR certificate to:
Download these forms at

Coaches are also encouraged to undertake courses offered by NSW Office of Sport such as Mentoring< other coaches, or to consider becoming a Presenter and Assessor and assist in the conduct of future Club Coach courses.