Future Coaches Program

Swim Alberta's 2017-2024 strategic plan provided the perfect backdrop for the introduction of the Future Coaches Program in spring of 2017. As we continue to strive towards providing our coaches with opportunities to develop alongside our strategic directions, such as to "lead and inspire a culture of professionalism," we are thrilled to make this program an annual opportunity in Alberta.

The Future Coaches Program's priority and intent is to develop a system and support a mindset for the ongoing development and professional development of coaches.  This system and mindset will provide for positive working relationships among clubs informed decision making to support the development of athletes, and will also foster learning and continuous improvement of our coaches.

A total of 14 coaches will be selected to participate in this program, seven in the Head Coach Pathway and seven in the Club Coach Pathway.


To design a development program for coaches and Head Coaches (outside the deliverables of the NCCP) that enhances the information, education and services available to club level coaches and Head Coaches pursuing ongoing development that provides for positive working relationships, informed decision making to support development of athletes and professional coaching improvement.


This program will establish a learning environment for developing coaches to expand on content introduced in the NCCP program and further elaborate on topics, trends, professional skills and developing athletes.  The Head Coach program content will be delivered in the context related to the skills required to be a positive, professional Head Coach while the Club Coach context will focus on club coaching environments so coaches can increase their knowledge in developing their swimmers.

While this program does not replace the NCCP requirements, it will offer an opportunity for developing coaches to network, learn and share experiences with other like-minded individuals, supporting a mindset for ongoing development.


The program will focus on a capstone project for each coach.  This project will be identified at the beginning of the program and will focus on their individual sport and experiences using reflection strategies.  Overall outcomes for this program include the following:

  • Personal Growth for Coaches
    • Leadership
    • Personal Reflection
    • Communication
    • Self-Assessment
  • Team Dynamics
  • Head Coach Professionalism & Leadership
  • Integrating Sport Sciences into training

Target Audience:

The target audience for this program are club identified coaches who have experience coaching athletes in the Learning to Train, Training to Train and Training to Compete stages of the LTAD pathway, and are currently or wish to be employed as a Head Coach or assume a supervisory role in a large club setting (ie Head Age Group Coach)


To apply for selection to the Future Coaches Program, please see the application link to be completed.

2019 Future Coaches Information

Application Process:

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 Future Coaches Program in Edmonton. The application form can be found here.

Proposed Schedule:

The program will be offered over the following three weekends in Edmonton, as detailed in the schedule below:

  • Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10
  • Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24
  • Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14

 *topics and presenters may change depending on availability and interest of the group.

Cost of Program:
  • *The cost of the program is $200 / coach for all three weekends.
  • Coaches travelling from out of town can stay at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel at the current Swim Alberta rate.
  • All travel and accommodations are at the cost of attending coaches.

* Upon successful completion of the full program, Swim Alberta will reimburse participants the program fee of $200.00.

  • Full attendance in all sessions is required to participate and complete the program.
  • A letter of support from the Club President is required with the application and support both financial and time must be provided by the Club.
  • A written capstone is mandatory and due to Jackie Cool, Sport Development Director within a 2 week deadline after each weekend.
Program Overview:

This program is a opportunity for Head Coaches and Coaches to learn and improve upon professional skills that will aid them in being better coaches in the future.  These coaches will have the opportunity to be considered for future Swim Alberta tours or Games opportunities that are not based on athlete selection criteria.


Head Coach Pathway

Club Coach Pathway

March 9

Taper & Interpreting changes

Taper & Interpreting changes

March 10

Testing, Monitoring, Challenging Performance

Energy Systems

March 23

Head Coach High Performance Character

Mental Planning

March 24

Psychology of Performance

Dryland Planning

July 13

Leadership, Culture and Inspiring Professionalism

Leadership Skills

July 14

Building a Club TEAM

Athlete Monitoring


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