Get Involved

Get Involved

TCSC is an amateur sports club, run primarily for the benefit of swimmers and run almost entirely by volunteers. We are therefore always in need of more help !

At present there are several committee posts vacant and we urgently need to fill them to ensure that we can continue to provide a comprehensive swim programme.

It is very true that “a burden shared is a burden halved” and the more of us that get involved, the less work there is for any one individual.

We need a mixture of inputs from as many as possible in the following capacities:

  • Committee members – to organise and administer us
  • Coaches – We have a good compliment of volunteer coaches at present, and we encourage the senior swimmers to participate as Poolside Helpers or to seek their ASA Coach Level 1 qualifications. It reflects well on the swimmer and looks great on a university application form !
  • Team Managers – This is a role to assist the coaching staff on poolside at galas and (very importantly) on away trips such as training camps and trips.
  • Technical Officials – You may notice the team of officisl in white uniform on the poolside at galas; they are all volunteers; mainly parents and grandparents of current and former swimmers. Without them there could be no galas for your children to attend. It’s a great way to find out more about the technical demands of the sport that your kids have chosen, and a great place from which to view the competition; right there at poolside.
  • Occasional volunteers and project-specific helpers – If you are unable to make a regular commitment, then please take us up on the requests for one-off or infrequent support to assist in specific activities – selling raffle tickets at galas that we host; fundraising activities or perhaps helping on a weekend training camp or trip.

We are particularly in need of people with the ability to help with: Accounting, Social media updates, Fundraising, 

There are further details of the various roles available and these are discussed and voted for at the Annual General Meeting.

If you would like to help in any way, then please approach any of the committee members or email the chair or vice chair (chair@truroswimclub.org or vicechair@truroswimclub.org)

Coach Education Programme

Our swimming club would welcome an extra pair of hands to help on poolside. Coaching is usually a voluntary role that fits in with your existing commitments, and can take up as little as an hour per week.

To help out, you’ll need a relevant swim teaching or coaching qualification. As a minimum, you should hold the UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching to act in a support role for the Chief Coach. If you have the UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching you’ll be able to coach unsupervised. Find out more about UKCC qualifications.

If you are interested in any of the following courses please make your relevant swim coach/member of the committee aware.

Types of courses available:

Swim Leaders Course

This is a new award, developed in partnership with Sport Leaders UK to replace the Swim Wales Assistant Course. A 6-hour taught course, it is suitable for people (including parents or ex-competitive swimmers) who wish to help on poolside or take their first steps into coaching.

ASA Level 1 Coaching (Swimming)

The ASA Level 1 Award in both Coaching Swimming and Coaching Water Polo (QCF) is a vocational qualification. A vocational qualification offers a practical learning programme, challenges the learner and provides them with the skills and confidence needed to contribute to a specific role in the workplace.

This qualification will provide the learner with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and understanding of safe and ethical principles for effective coaching practices in swimming. It will equip the learner with the knowledge and skills needed to actively support a more senior qualified Swimming Coach in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.

This qualification is for those learners who:

  • Would like or require an introduction to coaching in a swimming/water polo environment
  • Are seeking further career progression within their area of work
  • Are seeking to progress towards the ASA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Swimming (QCF)

Assessment

Learners can be assessed using a variety of assessment methods. These are inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • Observation of practice
  • Questioning (written and oral)
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Expert witness evidence
  • Reflective diary
  • Professional discussion.

Learner entry

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification and learners are not required to have any prior experience of coaching. Learners must be at least 15 years of age to register onto this qualification, however to be awarded the qualification, learners must have turned 16 years of age either before or on the final day of the course.

ASA Level 2 Coaching (Swimming)

The ASA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Swimming is a vocational qualification. A vocational qualification offers a practical learning programme, challenges the learner and provides them with the skills and confidence needed to contribute to a specific role in the workplace.

This qualification will provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and techniques of coaching and enable the learner to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate theory and practical swimming/water polo sessions. Achievement of this qualification will provide the learner with a qualification which is recognised as the minimum standard, enabling the learner to coach swimming/water polo sessions independently.

This qualification is for those learners who:

  • Would like or require the next step to become a lead coach in the swimming/water polo environment
  • Are seeking further career progression within their area of work
  • Are seeking to progress towards the ASA Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Swimming (QCF)

Assessment

Learners can be assessed using a variety of assessment methods. These are inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • Observation of practice
  • Questioning (written and oral)
  • Portfolio of evidence

Assessment

Learners can be assessed using a variety of assessment methods. These are inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • Observation of practice
  • Questioning (written and oral)
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Expert witness evidence
  • Reflective diary
  • Professional discussion.

Learner entry requirements

Learners must be at least 17 years of age to register onto this qualification. Learners must also hold one of the following:

  • ASA Level 1 Award in either (where applicable) Coaching Swimming or Water Polo (QCF) – January 2011 onwards
  • ASA UKCC Level 1 Certificate for Coaching Swimming/Water Polo – 2006-2010
  • ASA Level 1 Certificate for Teaching Swimming post 2002 plus ASA Level 1 Award in Coaching Swimming/Water Polo (QCF), units 105-107 or ASA UKCC Level 1 Certificate for Coaching Swimming/Water Polo, unit 2
  • ASA Assistant Teacher Certificate (Swimming) post Sept 1994

Team Manager Training

Team manager training is designed to ensure volunteers are equipped with the skills they need to do their job. These FAQs should answer some of your questions about the training.

So, what is team manager training?

It is a way of clubs showing their commitment to you as a volunteer. The ability to manage teams is a key part of many volunteer roles. Ensuring athletes arrive at and return from sporting activities unharmed is a big responsibility, and clubs like to make sure volunteers have all the necessary skills and knowledge to do it.

What will I learn on the course?

Well, it is split into two sections. The first is local competitions and the second is overnight stays and travel abroad.

The first section points out that as a team manager you are a leader, administrator, travel agent, substitute family, disciplinarian, friend and nutritionist among many other things. You will learn and practice risk assessments and role play the issues involved with managing teams.

Overnight stays and travel abroad takes similar themes to a different environment. You learn about vetting host families, what to do on arrival at a hotel or airport, and how to ensure dietary requirements are met, among other issues. You then role play scenarios you may encounter when travelling with athletes.

How long is it?

Don’t worry, it is only a 2.5 hour workshop. Learning to manage a team can take a lifetime. The course is designed to ensure you have the right toolkit from the start. As a team manager you will gain updates from the ASA when necessary to allow you to fulfil your role to the best of your ability.

Ask your club about team manager training and whether it is applicable to your role. You can also contact the volunteer centre at the ASA for more information.

Officials Qualifications & Training

Timekeeper

This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. It covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment.

The minimum recommended age for candidates to undertake this training is 14 years, and all need to be registered members of a Swim Wales affiliated club.

Judge Level 1

This is the first level of British qualification. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.

The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates will be required to undertake some formal theory instruction and gain practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor. A course workbook is provided for completion after which there will be a practical assessment.

During the practical assessment candidates will be required to answer questions orally. Upon qualification candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 1 on the British Swimming Database and will be encouraged to become a Licensed Official.

Judge Level 2

This is the second level of qualification. It encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter.

The minimum age to start training is 16 years and candidates must a have already qualified as Judge Level 1. The training follows a similar format to that of Judge level 1 with formal instruction, mentored pool side training with workbook followed by a practical assessment.

When qualified, candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 2 on the British Swimming Database.

Judge Level 2S- Starter

Candidates wishing to qualify as a Starter will be required hold the Judge Level 2 qualification and have completed a minimum of 20 hours post qualification experience as Judge Level 2.

Training will consist of a prescribed number of practical experiences as a Starter before undertaking a formal practical assessment.

Successful candidates will be attributed with the Starter qualification: Judge Level 2S

Referee

The minimum age for training is 19yrs providing the candidate is aged 20yrs as at 30th November in the year of the theory examination. In addition candidates must have proven poolside experience at Judge Level 1 and Judge Level 2 and must also have been qualified as Judge Level 2S for at least 1 year with a minimum of 10 hours post qualification experience in that role at the time of application.