Swimming 201 Pre-Course Workbook

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Welcome to the online pre-course workbook for Swimming 201.

As you complete the questions in this online form, our system is building a final workbook document in the background.   

Once all questions have been completed, you will be EMAILED a copy of the final workbook document in PDF format.

You will be asked to upload the final workbook PDF file when registering for your Swimming 201 course.    We recommend printing the workbook and bringing it to your Swimming 201 course.

If you wish to save your progress as you complete the online form, use the Save my progress and resume later link provided at the top and bottom of each page.   You will be asked to provide an email and password.  Simply return back to the online form and use the resume a previously saved form to continue with the form from where you left off.    

As a backup, an email will be sent to you so you can easily access your password and link to the partially completed form at a later time.

If all else fails, you are always welcome to contact our Coordinator, NCCP for help - nccp@swimming.ca

Tell us about yourself

** If you are unsure of your NCCP CC#, please visit http://coach.ca/check-nccp-certification-s13876 and follow the instructions provided.

Previous Experience

About the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

What is the NCCP?

Being a coach takes passion and dedication. Being a great coach, however, often requires additional guidance and support. The National Coaching Certification Program was developed by CAC and its partners to give coaches that extra advantage. The program targets 67 different sports, in both official languages, and is the recognized standard for coach training and certification in Canada.

NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time community coach to the head coach of a national team. Each year, more than 50,000 coaches take an NCCP workshop. Since the program began, more than 1 million coaches have participated, making it one of the largest adult education programs in Canada.

The NCCP is comprised of three streams and a total of eight “contexts”, each with its own coaching requirements. Each sport is responsible for identifying how many of the eight contexts are relevant to their sport. As part of the program, all coaches (regardless of sport or context) are trained in ethical decision-making and sport safety.

To view a narrated presentation about the new NCCP model, click here.

To download a PDF illustrating the new NCCP model, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why am I required to complete this workbook?

A: The pre-course workbook introduces key topic areas covered in the Swimming 201 course. The information and resources in the workbook, if implemented by you as a coach, will improve your coaching effectiveness.

Q: What happens when I submit this online workbook?

A: An email will be sent to you with a completed version of your workbook responses   The document is PDF format.  To view this document, you must have Adobe Reader - this is available for free at http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

Q: What do I do with the PDF document once I have completed the workbook?

A: SAVE the document somewhere you will be able to retrieve it.  You will need to upload the document when you register for the Swimming 201 course.  It is also reccommended that you bring a printed copy with you to the Swimming 201 Course.

Q: Where do I find a list of upcoming courses?

A: A current list of approved courses - NCCP Course List

Q: How do I register for a Swimming 201 course?

A: To register for a Swimming 201 course you must be a COACH member of Swimming Canada and CSCTA.   Members register for a Swimming 201 course from the NCCP Course List - click on the Login link.    You must login with your Swimming Canada / CSCTA username and password - then select the NCCP menu heading.   Under Active Courses, you will find the Swimming 201 courses.

Q: If I have questions, who do I contact?

A: For more information on the NCCP program, please visit:



Your Provincial Swimming Office

Coordinator, NCCP – Carol Vadeika – nccp@swimming.ca

Your Coaching Role

Tell us about your coaching situation, and the roles and responsibilities you have in your coaching role. Throughout this workbook and the Swimming 201 course, be sure to relate your answers and activities to your own coaching situation.

Administrative Authority & Responsibility

An "Authority and Responsibility Scale" is provided below.   The list includes a variety of administrative duties a swim club must complete.

Read each of the following duties and rank them on a scale of 1 to 4, indicating who you feel is responsible for the task.

The scale is as follows:

Head Coach is fully responsible = 1

Shared responsibility = 2 (Head Coach is the lead) or 3 (Board is the lead)

Board of Directors is fully responsible = 4

Your answers in this activity will be reviewed in the Swimming 201 course.

Administrative Authority & Responsibility Scale

Team transportation arrangements
Team accommodations at away meets
Athlete/parent/family social events
Newsletter generation/distribution
Team statistics tabulation/organization
Facility usage
Facility financial arrangements
On-site safety supervision
Swim school organization/administration
Payroll administration/distribution
Payment of "bills due" distribution/collection
Swim school annual budget
Office administration
Dues/fees/volunteer participation/fundraising design and collection
Scholarship nominations
Staff supervision (hiring/firing, continuing education, athlete-parent-coach interaction, training squad assignments, competition assignments, performance evaluations)
Athlete family/registration procedure
Annual budget (expenses side)
Athlete dismissal from team participation.
Athlete disciplinary decisions/actions
Training squad make-up (selection, attendance requirements, staff/athlete assignments, modifications of, etc.)
Design of training schedules (times, duration, location)
Competition schedule (prioritization, athlete eligibility, entry procedures, entry deadlines, etc.)
Annual budget (revenue side)

Evaluation standards for a Level 2 Age Group Coach

In order to successfully become a certified Level 2 Age Group Coach, you must first understand what is required of one.

To help you with this activity download and review the Level 2 Age Group Coach Evaluation Guide:

Evaluation Guide

The following Outcomes and Criteria are from the Level 2 Age Group Coach Evaluation Guide, and outline what is expected of a certified Level 2 Age Group Coach.

Explain why you feel this an important competency for a coach to have at the Level 2 Age Group Coach coaching context.








Swimming 201 Course Description

To help prepare you for the upcoming 201 course, please download and read the summary of all modules that will be covered in the course.

Swimming 201 Course Description

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If you do not receive your workbook by email, please contact nccp@swimming.ca for assistance.