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2024 Swim Coach Application Information


COACH APPLICATIONS:

CPSD Swim Team is currently accepting applications for Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Junior Volunteer Coach positions.

Head Coach Applications:

  • Application:
    1. Cover letter
    2. 2-3 references with contact info
    3. Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid certification documentation or planned completion date
    4. Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches Certification (online course) documentation

Assistant Coach Applications:

  • Application:
    1. Cover letter
    2. 2-3 references with contact info
    3. Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid certification documentation or planned completion date
    4. Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches Certification (online course) documentation
  • Note: Part-time opportunities for coaching AM or PM practices are available. 
  • Submission: [email protected]
  • Deadline: February 1, 2024

Junior Coach Applications:

  • Application:
    1. Description of swimming and/or coaching experience
    2. Description of why you want to be a volunteer Junior Coach and what you enjoy about CPSD swim team


CPSD Head Coach Job Description

The Head Coach job is to implement an instructional TSA swimming program, to supervise Assistant and Junior Coaches, and to work with the Cary Park Sea Dragon Board (CPSD) of Directors to ensure a safe, fun, and successful summer swim season. The season begins May 13th and continues through the end of season banquet.

  1. Implement a strong instructive and goal-oriented swimming program for all swimmers of the Cary Park Sea Dragons Swim Team, ages 4-18.
  2. Attend all practices and meets.
  3. Supervise the entire coaching staff (Assistant and Junior Coaches) to maximize their coaching abilities and provide consistent instruction to all swimmers.
  4. Provide instruction on each of the four basic strokes, starts, turns, and finishes.
  5. Communicate effectively with all swimmers and guardians on the CPSD Swim Team.
  6. Display and teach good sportsmanship to all swimmers. Serve as a positive role model to swimmers both on and off duty.
  7. Emphasize water safety at all times on the deck and in the pool, and closely monitor the pool as an acting lifeguard while coaching.
  8. Maintain organized practices and engage all Assistant and Junior Coaches in instructional activities.
  9. Work with the coaching staff to seed all swimmers at each of the swim meets.
  10. On Wednesday or Thursday after a meet, the head coach, assistant coach, or a junior coach needs to work in the water with the swimmers who were disqualified in the Tuesday meet. Those swimmers need to understand the reason for their disqualification.
  11. Swim in the Coaches' Relays.

Required Experience and Certifications

Strongly Recommended

  • Extensive swim coaching experience, ideally as a Head Coach or an Assistant Head Coach.
  • Experience supervising and training other swim coaches.
  • Experience with Meet Manager and SwimTopia Meet Maestro and electronic meet entries.
  • Participates as a Sea Dragon swimmer, if age-eligible.


CPSD Assistant Coach Job Description

The Assistant Coach job is to work alongside the Head Coach, Junior Coaches, and Cary Park Sea Dragon (CPSD) Board of Directors to ensure a safe, fun, and successful summer swim season. The season begins May 13th and continues through the end of season banquet. Part-time opportunities for coaching AM or PM practices are available.

  1. Take instruction from the Head Coach as to your responsibilities before each practice and swim meet.
  2. Attend all meetings coordinated by your Head Coach.
  3. Emphasize water safety at all times on the deck and in the pool and closely monitor the pool as acting lifeguards while coaching.
  4. Assist the Head Coach during practice by teaching stroke technique, starts, turns, and finishes in the water. Be an active participant in practice to ensure swimmer safety and technique development.
  5. Communicate effectively with all swimmers on the CPSD Swim Team.
  6. Display and teach good sportsmanship to all swimmers. Serve as a positive role model to swimmers both on and off duty.
  7. Provide instruction to the Junior Coaches.
  8. On Wednesday or Thursday after a meet, the head coach, assistant coach, or a junior coach needs to work in the water with the swimmers who were disqualified in the Tuesday meet. Those swimmers need to understand the reason for their disqualification.
  9. Before the season you must coordinate with the Head Coach which practices you will work alternating with the other Assistant Coaches. While traditional school is in session, there are afternoon practices only. Once traditional school is on summer break, there are both morning and afternoon practices. There will be time trials and 6 dual swim meets that will be every Tuesday/Wednesday that Assistant Coaches attend.
  10. You are required to attend the TSA meet. This is an all day event and your time commitment will be coordinated with your Head Coach.
  11. If the Assistant Coaches are members of the swim team, they may opt to participate in their daily practice group, or if swimming in a year-round program, may choose to swim with their year-round program.
  12. Swim in the Coaches' Relays.

Required Experience and Certifications

Strongly Recommended

  • Swim team experience and enjoys working with children
  • Experience with Meet Manager or SwimTopia Meet Maestro and electronic meet entries.
  • Participates as a Sea Dragon swimmer, if age-eligible


CPSD Junior Coach Volunteer Positions

The Junior Coach volunteer takes direction from the Head and Assistant Coaches and reports voluntarily to the Cary Park Sea Dragons (CPSD) Board of Directors. Junior Coaches must be registered swimmers on the CPSD Swim Team.

Key Elements of Junior Coach Volunteer Position:

  1. Cooperate and take instruction from the Head Coach and Assistant Coaches as to your responsibilities before each practice and swim meet.
  2. Attend Coaches Meetings as directed.
  3. Support the Head Coach and Assistant Coaches to provide a safe and individualized swim program.
  4. Provide instruction on each of the four basic strokes, starts, turns, and finishes.
  5. Communicate effectively with all swimmers on the CPSD Swim Team.
  6. Display and teach good sportsmanship to all swimmers. Serve as a positive role model to swimmers both on and off duty.
  7. On Wednesday or Thursday after a meet, the head coach, assistant coach, or a junior coach needs to work in the water with the swimmers who were disqualified in the Tuesday meet. Those swimmers need to understand the reason for their disqualification.
  8. Commit to be an active Junior Coach, averaging 2 of 5 practices a week in the initial weeks while traditional schools are in session, and 4 of 9 practices a week once traditional schools break for summer. Volunteer attendance will be documented and end of season feedback will be provided.

Required Experience and Certifications

  • 13 years of age and older along with at least 1 year as a Cary Park Sea Dragon swimmer.

Strongly Recommended



RESOURCES for COACHES:

TRIANGLE SWIMMING ASSOCIATION

  • TSA provides free Coaching Clinics.
  • 2024 TSA Coaching Clinics information will be forthcoming.
  • Coaches’ Clinic details will be posted on the TSA website: Click Here

AMERICAN RED CROSS

AMERICAN SWIM COACHES ASSOCIATION

USA SWIMMING

  • USA Swimming Coaches Resources for those interested in becoming certified USA coaches or for those who just want more in-depth coaching training in swimming safety, running a practice, and swimming technique and training.
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