Coaching Pathway

Swim BC values continuing coach education to help build strong programs and swimmers. Due to the significant responsibility and demand for expertise placed on swimming coaches, Swim BC requires that coaches register annually and adhere to a strict set of standards set out by Swimming Canada. Each type of coach has different coaching registration requirements based on the role they have within their club. You can find an interactive tool below to help coaches determine which coach pathway is right for them and what the registration requirements are. More detailed information about coach registration for the 2021-2022 season is available in the Coach Registration Manual.

Coaching Pathway Interactive Tool

Click “Start” to begin the slideshow. Answer the questions as best you can to determine what the coaching pathway looks like for you and what the registration requirements will be. To reset the tool, click the “green flag” in the top right hand corner.

Coach Pathways

You can find corresponding summary documents for each coach pathway below:

Upcoming NCCP Courses
Swimming 101 Courses:
June 15th to 19th Virtual (Zoom)
Aug 25th to 28th Virtual (Zoom)
Sept 14th to 18th Virtual (Zoom)
Nov 2nd to 5th Virtual (Zoom)
Community Sport Coach Courses:
Aug 29th to 30th Virtual (Zoom)
Oct 22nd to 23rd Virtual (Zoom)

Making Ethical Decisions (MED)
MED Training information can be found on the viaSport Website
MED Online Evaluation must be completed through your CAC Locker Account

Criminal Record Review Program

All registered coaches must submit a Criminal Record Check through the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP). Criminal Record Checks are valid for five years. You will need a Swim BC access code which will be circulated annually, you can reach out directly to Sam Thoms if you haven’t received it. Instructions are included with the Access Code, but please be sure to read each step carefully when going through the system. Returning coaches can check the expiry date for their Criminal Record Check through the RTR system. If your Criminal Record Check is expiring this season, please request a new one.

This process can take two weeks or more depending on the volume of requests. Please ensure that you take processing time into account before you start your coaching position. If you have done a Criminal Record Check through CRRP in the last five years, you can share that Criminal Record Check with Swim BC by clicking “Share Results of a Completed Criminal Record Check.”

The CRRP recommends that Internet Explorer is used when requesting your Criminal Record Check.

Safe Sport Training

Coaches are required to take Safe Sport training. This training is to be completed once every five years. There are two options for Safe Sport training are:

Coaching Association of Canada’s Safe Sport Training

Cost – Free
PD Points – 2
The CAC Safe Sport training does not automatically register in the RTR system. To ensure credit for this course is recorded you will need to log in to the Swimming Canada Learning Management System (LMS) and confirm completion.

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders/Coach

Cost – $30
PD Points – 3
The Respect in Sport course will automatically be registered in the RTR system upon completion. Please ensure it is associated with your NCCP Number to allow for proper communication between the systems.


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