Sussex County

Sussex County

Amateur Swimming Association


Sussex CPD day – Sunday 15 March 2020

Training opportunity

Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training day is an established point in the Sussex swimming calendar.

The day is the perfect opportunity for club volunteers to gain a few extra qualifications or update existing ones. Some of the workshops will help volunteers gain CPD points towards the teacher and coach licensing scheme that are required for SwimMark accreditation. Officials can gain points towards their licensing or re-licensing.

Lunch will be available for all candidates who are attending courses in both session

The day provides an opportunity for club volunteers: officials, coaches, teachers, committee members and parents to learn new skills, share good practice and gain qualifications that will help club develop in the future.

The workshops have been selected to provide a range of topics and meet the needs of volunteers with different interests. You can find more information about the contents of the workshops by clicking one the workshop title below. 

Important note: Sessions will start promptly at the advertised time, late arrivals may cause disruption to the course and you may be refused entry. The first session will start with registration, light refreshments and a briefing at 9:00. 

Candidates attending two workshops (1 morning & 1 afternoon) are welcome to join us for lunch.

To book onto a workshop simply complete the booking form below.

Morning workshops

Workshop 1 – Team Manager Module 2 (overnight stays)

Presenter: Tracy Hedley

Overnight stays and travel abroad takes similar themes to a different environment. You learn about vetting host families, what to do on arrival at a hotel or airport, and how to ensure dietary requirements are met, among other issues. You then role play scenarios you may encounter when travelling with athletes.

Workshop 2 – 

Workshop is full, please book onto workshop 10

Workshop 3 – Judge Level 2 & Starter

Presenters: Chris Hobbs & Mike Hedley

(For those who have completed Judge Level 1 and Club coaches who wish to update knowledge of current FINA rules and their application).

Introduction to the Roles of Judges of Stroke, Finish and Chief Finish Judge and FINA rules. Use of technology (radios), protocol of and reporting infringements. This session will be accepted as the ‘Group Workshop Session 1’ required by the ASA for all those wishing to become Level 2 Officials.

Workbooks will be available for candidates not already signed up for the Level 2 course.

Any qualified J2’s wishing to continue with their training to become a starter will be welcome to during this session.

Workshop 4 – 

Workshop is full, please book onto workshop 10

Workshop 5 – FINA Rules update & Mentoring

Presenter: Rob Drage

 FINA: This workshop will cover the new FINA Swimming rules that were introduced on 1st October 2017. This will also look at practical situations that arise between coaches and officials. It is a mandatory requirement for all licensing of officials and re-licensing

Mentoring: A unique chance for two people to work together.

Opportunity to develop, improve & disseminate best practice.

Mentoring gives everyone the opportunity to seek advice and enter into discussions.

Mentoring aims to give the same advice to all Technical Officials “trainee or not” so all competitors are treated fairly.

Afternoon workshops

Workshop 6 – Team Manager Module 1 (local competitions)

Presenter:  Tracy Hedley

Team manager training is a way of clubs showing their commitment to you as a volunteer. The ability to manage teams is a key part of many volunteer roles. Ensuring athletes arrive at and return from sporting activities unharmed is a big responsibility, and clubs like to make sure volunteers have all the necessary skills and knowledge to do it. This first section points out that as a team manager you are a leader, administrator, travel agent, substitute family, disciplinarian, friend and nutritionist among many other things. You will learn and practice risk assessments and role play the issues involved with managing teams.

Workshop 7 – Time to Listen (finishes at 17.00)

Presenter: Shelley Robinson

There is a maximum of 15 candidates for this workshop. 

The ASA has linked up with the NSPCC and is accredited to deliver the ‘Time to Listen’ module that is aimed at Club Welfare Officers (CWO’s). Whilst it is appreciated that some CWO’s will be trained and experienced in child protection issues, the Time to Listen programme provides the opportunity to consider the roles and responsibilities of CWO’s and the action taken should any incident occur.

Workshop 8 – Volunteer Coordinators Workshop

Claire Coleman (Swim England Head of Volunteering & Pathways) 

This workshop is for all club volunteers including committee members.

Understanding what our volunteer landscape looks like and the direction Swim England are taking to support clubs and volunteers with the introduction of volunteer coordinators and dedicated resources. 

It will include an introduction to the Volunteer Focus Areas and hopefully start conversations at regional level about what we should be doing to support volunteer recruitment, training and retention.

Workshop 9 – Safeguarding & Protecting Children

Workshop is full, please book onto workshop 10

Workshop 10 – Safeguarding & Protecting Children

Presenter: Sue Parker

(there is a £10.00 fee payable for this course)

There is a maximum of 20 candidates for this workshop. 

Protect yourself, the young people you are coaching and your employer by understanding and following good teaching / coaching points.  Learn about child abuse and how to handle situations if you have concerns.  This 3 hour workshop is an excellent opportunity for anyone involved in swimming to learn and understand more about this sensitive and important subject. This workshop needs to be done every 3 years.

Course fees

All courses will be free for Sussex Club members with the exception of Safeguarding Courses (workshops 2, 4 & 9) which are charged at £10.00 per candidate. This fee covers the costs of resources and certificates. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of booking. 

Fees should be paid by BACS, using the reference CPD to:

Sussex County ASA

sort code: 30-94-38

Account number: 00704402

The day includes a range of workshops from which you can select two maximum and refreshments & lunch are provided.

Non Sussex candidates:

The cost of Safeguarding will be £23.75 per candidate. All other workshops will be £10. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of booking. 

For more information please contact:    Deedee Pickering.

Complete the booking form – bookings and any payment due must be received by 1st March 2020

You may book a maximum of 2 workshops (1 morning & 1 afternoon). Candidates attending two workshops are welcome to join us for lunch.

The venue

Dorothy Stringer High School, Loder Road, Brighton BN1 6PZ. 

If you are arriving by car: there is ample parking on and around the campus. Information about Brighton on one street parking.

If you are arriving by bike: Bike parking is available on site.

If you are travelling by train: the nearest station is Preston Park with a walk of about a mile to the school.

If you are travelling by bus: number 5B passes the school. Numbers 5 & 5A travel along London Road (about 10 minute walk from Vardean Road bus stop) Find time tables and other service information.