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Become A Head Swim Coach

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Working As A Head Swim Coach

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Head Swim Coach Do At City of College Station

* Responsible for all aspects of the April Swim Stroke Clinic and Tsunami Summer Swim Team, to include but not limited, to planning, preparing, conducting, supervising and attending daily workouts and meets; developing team motivation; and overseeing swimmers at team functions, while providing a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.
* Responsible for leading, developing, providing direction, and assigning responsibilities to the Swim Coaches, as well as, overseeing day-to-day activities.
* Develop goals and strategies for providing effective training programs that maximize each swimmer's long term development and for a successful Clinic and Swim Team.
* Operate all aspects of the HyTek swim team & meet manager data software to include, inputting data, uploading data files into the HyTek meet manager and attending HyTek system training as required and/or needed.
* Monitor facility and patrons ensuring compliance to rules, regulations, policies and procedures; ensuring the proper use and safety measures of all equipment and supplies; ensuring facilities are properly maintained in clean and safe condition, and reporting items in need of repair.
* Perform other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Head Swim Coach

Coaches and scouts typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must also have extensive knowledge of the sport. Coaches typically gain this knowledge through their own experiences playing the sport at some level. Although previous playing experience may be beneficial, it is not required for most scouting jobs.


College and professional coaches must usually have a bachelor’s degree. This degree can typically be in any subject. However, some coaches may decide to study exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and fitness, physical education, and sports medicine.

High schools typically hire teachers or administrators at the school for most coaching jobs. If no suitable teacher is found, schools hire a qualified candidate from outside the school. For more information on education requirements for teachers, see the profile on high school teachers.

Scouts must also typically have a bachelor’s degree. Some scouts decide to get a degree in business, marketing, sales, or sports management.

Other Experience

College and professional coaching jobs also typically require experience playing the sport at some level.

Scouting jobs typically do not require experience playing a sport at the college or professional level, but it can be beneficial. Employers look for applicants with a passion for sports and an ability to spot young players who have exceptional athletic ability and skills.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most state high school athletic associations require coaches to be certified or at least complete mandatory education courses.

Certification often requires coaches to be a minimum age (at least 18 years old) and be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Some states also require coaches to attend classes related to sports safety and coaching fundamentals prior to becoming certified. For information of specific state coaching requirements, contact the state’s high school athletic association or visit the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Although most public high school coaches need to meet these state requirements in order to become a coach, certification may not be required for coaching and sports instructor jobs in private schools.

Some schools may require coaches to have a teaching license and complete a background check.

Certification requirements for college coaching positions also vary.

Additional certification may be highly desirable or even required in order to become an instructor in scuba diving, tennis, golf, karate, or other individual sports. There are many certifying organizations specific to the various sports, and their requirements vary.

Part-time workers and those in smaller facilities or youth leagues are less likely to need formal education or training and may not need certification.


To reach the ranks of professional coaches, a candidate usually needs years of coaching experience and a winning record at a college. Some coaches may not have previous coaching experience but are nevertheless hired at the professional level due to their success as an athlete in that sport.

Some college coaches begin their careers as graduate assistants or assistant coaches to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a head coach. Large schools and colleges that compete at the highest levels require a head coach with substantial experience at another school or as an assistant coach.

Other college coaches may start out as high school coaches before moving up to the collegiate level.

Scouts may begin working as talent spotters in a particular area or region. They typically advance to become supervising scouts responsible for a whole territory or region.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Because coaches instruct, organize, and motivate athletes, they must have excellent communication skills. They must effectively communicate proper techniques, strategies, and rules of the sport so every player on the team understands.

Decisionmaking skills. Coaches must choose the appropriate players to use at a given position at a given time during a game and know the proper time to utilize game-managing tools such as timeouts. Coaches and scouts also must be very selective when recruiting players from lower levels of athletics.

Dedication. Coaches must attend daily practices and assist their team and individual athletes in improving their skills and physical conditioning. Coaches must be dedicated to their sport, as it often takes years to become successful.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to relate to athletes helps coaches and scouts foster positive relationships with their current players and recruit potential players.

Leadership skills. Coaches must demonstrate good leadership skills to get the most out of athletes. They also must be able to motivate, develop, and direct young athletes.

Resourcefulness. Coaches must find a strategy and develop a game plan that yields the best chances for winning. Coaches often need to create original plays or formations that provide a competitive advantage and confuse opponents.

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Head Swim Coach Career Paths

Head Swim Coach
Manager Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager Branch Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Director Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Program Coordinator Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Aquatic Director General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Coordinator Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer Training Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager General Manager
General Manager/Director
8 Yearsyrs
Head Coach Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Aquatic Director Program Director Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director Chief Executive Officer
President/Chief Executive Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Head Coach Physical Education Teacher Special Education Teacher
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director General Manager
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Head Swim Coach Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Greek

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Czech

  • Mandarin

  • Serbian

  • Japanese

  • Burmese

  • Persian

  • Slovak

  • Arabic

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Real Head Swim Coach Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Swim Coach Planet Swim LLC FL Jul 01, 2015 $66,000
Head Swim Coach Colonel Aquatics Richmond, KY Sep 05, 2014 $41,740
Head Swim Coach Colonel Aquatics Richmond, KY Sep 15, 2013 $41,740
Head Swimming Coach University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA Sep 01, 2010 $38,000
Head AGE Group Swim Coach Gwinnett Aquatics Inc. Snellville, GA Jul 31, 2015 $33,100 -
Head AGE Group Swim Coach Gwinnett Aquatics Inc. Snellville, GA Nov 19, 2015 $32,193
Head AGE Group Swim Coach Gwinnett Aquatics Inc. Snellville, GA Aug 01, 2012 $30,000
Head Swimming Coach Union College Barbourville, KY Jan 02, 2012 $30,000
Head Swimming Coach Union College Barbourville, KY Jun 13, 2011 $30,000

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Top Skills for A Head Swim Coach


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Top Head Swim Coach Skills

  1. New Swimmers
  2. Student Athletes
  3. Lifeguard Staff
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Teach experienced swimmers, new swimmers, and young swimmers stroke and turn techniques.
  • Motivated and encouraged student athletes to do their best during practices and games.
  • Interview, hire, train and manage a lifeguard staff of approx.
  • Recruit, supervise, manage, train, and appraise the assistant swim coaches.
  • Helped lead the team to achieve two undefeated seasons and win the championship trophy two consecutive years.

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