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Become A Swim Coach

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Working As A 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

  • $29,810

    Average Salary

What Does A Swim Coach Do At City of College Station

* Assist with 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.
* Assist with the development of goals and strategies for providing effective training programs that maximize each swimmer's long term development and for a successful Clinic and Swim Team.
* Assist with the operation of 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

What Does A Swim Coach Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Design and plan swim instruction and workouts curriculums for all developmental levels and groups.
* Provide feedback to participants to facilitate improvement.
* Enforce aquatic rules and policies by maintaining constant surveillance of class participants.
* Record and maintain attendance records.
* Set up facility or equipment, store equipment, and secure facility upon completion of class.
* Attend staff meetings.
* Report any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor or the person responsible for those items at your site.
* Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to managing visitors and guests at our facilities.
* Report any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
* Complete all child abuse prevention training as required.
* Perform other duties as assigned.
* Commitment to Inclusion:
* Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
* Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations

What Does A Swim Coach Do At City of Lakewood

* Trains swimmers, both for fitness and competition, with an ample number of work outs to serve the needs of the group.
* Teaches swimmers the technical aspects of swimming: all 4 major strokes, starts, turns, pacing, etc.
* Designs the workouts to build team community.
* Work with the team representative to provide regular communication to team members.
* Market the team through any promotional ideas, projects deemed beneficial

What Does A Swim Coach Do At Greater Atlanta Christian School

* Maintain successful, organized, and cost-effective competitive programs;Attend and host a variety of swim meets;Plan and implement effective goal setting and plans for team and athletes including writing and administering workouts;Attend practices, competitions, and team meetings;Maintain professional atmosphere of the Aquatics Center;Ensure athletes show respectful behavior;Attend meetings, seminars, and workshops;Stay abreast of rule changes;Maintain active involvement in related professional organizations;Responsible for safety of participants;Ensure techniques used to help prevent injury to athletes;Report safety hazards to appropriate individual;Supervise participants to help prevent unsafe behavior;Understand and follow guidelines and bylaws of the national and local swimming organization;Respond properly during accidents;Assist Aquatics Center personnel in emergencies;Ensure that all equipment is set-up and put away properly;Ensure equipment is treated appropriately;Maintain equipment inventory, i.e., timing equipment, computer, etc
* Assist with recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and discipline of swim team members;Assist Head Swim Team Coach as needed

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How To Become A 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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Swim Coach Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Czech

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Romanian

  • Japanese

  • Cantonese

  • Lakota

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

  • Korean

  • Ukrainian

  • Armenian

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Real Swim Coach Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Swimming Coach Ikkos, LLC Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2012 $48,000
Swimming Coach Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD Oct 25, 2010 $42,000
Swim Coach Fish VA Mar 15, 2013 $39,131
Swim Coach Pine Crest School Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 01, 2010 $31,200
Elite Swim Coach Team Davie Inc., Azura Florida Aquatics Davie, FL Dec 10, 2013 $30,000
Elite Swim Coach Davie Nadadores Plantation, FL Apr 01, 2013 $30,000
Swim Coach Gwinnett Aquatics Inc. Snellville, GA Aug 15, 2011 $30,000
Swim Coach Team Elite Athletic Management International Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 01, 2011 $26,400
Swim Coach Canyons Aquatic Club Palmdale, CA Aug 27, 2009 $23,000
Water Polo & Swim Coach Brigantine Aquatic Center Brigantine, NJ Mar 02, 2010 $18,783 -
Swim Coach The Curators of The University of Missouri Saint Louis, MO Apr 01, 2014 $18,200 -

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Top Skills for A Swim Coach


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Top Swim Coach Skills

  1. Competitive Swimmers
  2. Water Safety
  3. AGE Group Swimmers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coach of competitive swimmers from ages 5 - 18 in various locales including YMCA, recreational and high schools.
  • Worked summers/ school vacations) Teach children of all ages about water safety and how to swim.
  • Coached over 300+ age group swimmers from beginner to elite skill level
  • Trained New Lifeguard I employees.
  • Attended training courses and maintained CPR certification.

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