News > Become a Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach - Local course June 2019

Take your passion for Water Polo to the next level with a Swim England Water Polo Assistant (Coaching) certificate.

Blended learning course
Starts online 14 June 2019
Face-to-face dates: 29 and 30 June 2019; (times tbc — full days, twelve hours of theory and five hours of practical water-time over the two day programme) at Osprey Leisure Centre, Castletown, Portland, Dorset DT5 1BD

Cost: £237 on club offer (RRP £350). The discounted closed course is open to clubs affiliated to Dorset County ASA as well as member clubs of the Dorset Water Polo League. A minimum level of bookings is required to meet this offer.

As an aspiring coach, this course will equip you with the knowledge and tools to actively support a water polo coach in the delivery of a planned training session.

Training format
Face to Face
Blended Learning – 12 to 15 hours of online learning followed by 2 to 3 days face to face
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Blended Learning is a more flexible approach where you complete the theoretical elements of the course online through interactive activities and checks on learning, prior to the practical workshops. The online learning and completion of assessments should take you are approximately 12-15 hours to complete.

Who is the course designed for?
Anyone who wants to take the first step to become a water polo coach or interested in supporting a coach in a club environment.

Become an Assistant Water Polo Coach

Course content
The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activities and practical poolside learning. You will participate in at least three training sessions to gain hands-on practical experience.

You will learn about:

  • The role of the assistant coach
  • The fundamentals of water polo
  • How to safely prepare, support and conclude coached water polo sessions
  • Basic and water polo specific coaching skills
  • Coach and player development
  • Good practice in coaching ethics
  • Health and safety

You must be at least 16 years of age. There are no formal entry requirements for this certificate and you do not need any previous experience of coaching.

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How do I reserve a place / book?

Places will be restricted to a maximum of 16 candidates. Learners must confirm their interest and commitment to attend by 23 April 2019 by email to Stephanie Gadd (

Please can all Dorset clubs pass this on as soon as possible to your club contacts with an interest in water polo / mini-polo and those canvassed by Fred Fowler recently by mail.

Stephanie Gadd, Swim England Club Development Officer will be advertising the course more widely to other clubs so please act promptly.

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19:02:00 08.04.2019