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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Coach the fundamental principles of competitive swimming 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264755  Coach the fundamental principles of competitive swimming 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
In achieving this unit standard, the learner will display the competency required to operate as a coach in support of the coaching of the basic skills of competitive swimming to individuals who already mastered basic swimming and aquatic skills in order to generate interest and to encourage new entrance to swimming as a competitive sport.

In achieving this unit standard, the learner will display the competency and the skills required to coach beginners to intermediate swimmers the essential skills of the sport and prepare the individual or team for competitive swimming on a junior level. The qualifying learner may work in a school, community club or organisation, as part of a multi disciplinary team, under the supervision of a senior coach. He/she may also work on his/her own, coaching competitive swimming at beginner to intermediate level.

On achievement of this unit standard, the learner will be able to:
  • Coach the laws governing competitive swimming.
  • Identify safety requirements for competitive swimming.
  • Plan and implement practice sessions.
  • Coach the skills and conditioning of swimming.
  • Review coaching sessions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • The unit standard-Conduct Basic Coaching To Beginners In Swimming.

    It is further assumed that learners accessing this unit standard will be competent swimmers and in possession of a first aid certificate so as to handle any emergency incidents in the coaching of swimmers for competitive swimming. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Where applicable, range statements have been included under individual specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Coach the laws governing competitive swimming. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview of the history of competitive swimming is provided to show understanding of the evolution of swimming as a sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The condensed history of swimming as a competitive sport, the development of the sport, international practices of the sport, competition disciplines and distances.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The laws relating to specific swimming disciplines are described as it applies to competitive swimming. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Individual swimming, team swimming, specific strokes, rules of entry and exiting the pool when a race is conducted, professional conduct and protocol associated with competitive swimming.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of the referee as adjudicator of the laws governing competitive swimming is described in the context of fair play and ethical behaviour. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify safety requirements for competitive swimming. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the coach is explained in the context of the safety of the athletes being coached for competitive swimming. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The risks involved with the sport of swimming are identified and explained as they affect athletes involved in competitive swimming. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal responsibilities are explained within the context of requirements of ensuring the safety of athletes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and implement practice sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal and/or team objectives for competitive swimmers are identified to ensure applicable practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Resources are planned in relation to the requirements of a coaching programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of personal growth and development are incorporated in the coaching/practice programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A range of practice sessions are developed to enable effective conditioning and technical skills transfer associated with specific swimming styles and distances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Different swimming styles including freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly stroke, drills and stroke development, speed development, techniques for entry, turning and breathing-timing.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Coach the skills and conditioning of swimming. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of physical conditioning for competitive swimming are explained and utilised in practice sessions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Warming up, cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility as applicable to propulsion and swimming strokes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate coaching methods are used to meet the needs of individuals and/or the team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The technical skills of swimming are coached in scheduled practice sessions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Different swimming styles including freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly stroke, drills and stroke development, speed development, techniques for entry, turning and breathing-timing, optimal body positioning, rectification of personal styles and techniques.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Review coaching sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A logbook is maintained to record conducted coaching sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Individual progress is evaluated and practice sessions adjusted to address personal development as per personal and/or team objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Records are administrated to indicate modifications of coaching sessions to the coaching plan. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements. Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge, skill and understanding which should be embedded in the process to enable the learner to become competent in all of the Specific Outcomes, based on the appropriate Assessment Criteria, for this unit standard, includes:
  • Laws governing competitive swimming.
  • Competitive swimming disciplines for personal and team events.
  • Learning and conditioning processes and techniques.
  • Stroke development - four competitive strokes, history, skills and drills.
  • Principles of fitness.
  • Setting of personal objectives.
  • Competition protocol.
  • Role of the referee.
  • Role of the coach.
  • Practice planning.
  • Recording and adjustment of practice sessions.
  • Ethical behaviour and fair-play.
  • Health and safety in the water environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The planning and conducting of training sessions for at competitive level requires the addressing of personal athlete issues including the use of innovative approaches to address individual technical correction. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork is supported in the working with others and in a team as it relates to the coaching of individuals in swimming at competitive level. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management is supported in the planning, conducting and recording of coaching and practice sessions and the maintaining of progress records for individuals coached. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The evaluation and adjustment of coaching sessions to meet individual and team requirements supports the collecting, analysis and evaluation of information in the operational environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective communication is supported in the planning and conducting of swimming practice sessions in the setting of objectives and communication with the athlete. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64369   Further Education and Training Certificate: Sport Coaching: Juniors/Beginners  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  67695   National Certificate: Coaching Science  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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