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.


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 growth and 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, Team Dynamics
  • Personal Reflection & Self-Assessment
  • Communication
  • 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)

The Future Coaches Program is sponsored by Team Aquatic Supplies.

2020 Future Coaches Information

Application Process:

Applications are now being accepted for the Future Coaches Program.


Proposed Schedule:

The program will be offered over the following three weekends in 2020:

1 - Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11, 2020 (Calgary)

2 - Staff Member on Emerge/Aspire Teams May 22-24, 2020 (TBD)

3 - Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19, 2020 (Calgary)

Cost of Program:

The cost of the program for Alberta registered coaches is $200 (non-refundable) per coach for all three weekends ($500 for out of province).

Coaches travelling from out of town can contact Jackie Cool if interested in sharing travel/accommodations with other coaches. All travel and accommodations are at the cost of attending coaches.


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

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


Head Coach Pathway

Club Coach Pathway

April 10

Taper & Interpreting changes

Taper & Interpreting changes

April 11

Testing, Monitoring, Challenging Performance

Energy Systems

May 22-24

Full integration with Emerge/Aspire Training Camp

Full integration with Emerge/Aspire Training Camp

July 18

Leadership, Culture and Inspiring Professionalism

Leadership Skills

July 19

Building a Club TEAM

Athlete Monitoring

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