A swimming coach can be employed in various capacities and by a variety of institutions. A swimming coach may be employed by the local YMCA to give swimming lessons or at a college or university as a swim instructor. On the other hand, a swimming coach may be self-employed and teach classes outdoors in a natural environment, perhaps giving surfing lessons. Regardless of where swimming coaches work, they all must possess a passion for, and knowledge of, being in the water.
They must also be skilled in teaching, as the main goal of their job is to teach someone how to swim or coach an individual through a swimming career. Swimming coaches may work with a variety of types of students. These students could range from young toddlers who are first learning how to swim to athletes in search of a swimming trainer to elderly adults wanting to maintain their health. Because of this, good communication skills are a must for any swimming coach. Having patience is also a must as each student will naturally learn at his or her own pace. It is important for the student to be able to trust the swim coach, so having a good relationship is a must. It is also important that a swimming coach is well-educated in safety practices and guidelines. This person should always act in a proactive manner to ensure the safety of all students.
Swimming Coach Tasks
Analyze performances of swimming athletes to improve techniques for competitive events.
May also recruit athletes by assessing form, skill and stamina of the potential athletes.
Oversee daily practices and demonstrate techniques to improve performances.