Newsletter #10
Vol. 2019

Welcome to the November edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. With the new season well underway we've been keeping busy with lots of events and announcements across the disciplines. We announced our National Swimming Squads and the team that will represent Ireland at the European SC Championships in December. Our Men's Water Polo Squad put in an impressive week at the FINA Challenger's Cup in Singapore finishing in 4th place overall and we were delighted to host our European Governing Body, LEN,  for a Bureau Meeting on October 12th.

In the month ahead we look forward to the Celtic Masters and Irish Open Diving Championships. Our Youth Development Department will be delivering their Youth Engagement CPD, the Membership Team launch a Coach-Committee Agreement to help support that relationship, while our Education Department launch two new qualifications; Level 2 Additional Support Needs Swimming Teacher and Level 2 Babies and Toddlers Swimming Teacher.

Read on for further information on all of this and more!

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National Squads (Swimming Announcement)
European SC Championships Team Announcement

Selection Policies - Summer 2020

NCL Sroke Development Series

Water Polo
FINA Water Polo Challenger's Cup

Clubs And Community
Coach Committee Agreement Launch

Youth Development

Youth Engagement CPD

Masters Swim Clinic


Release of New Education Qualifications

Upcoming Events
Swim Ireland, supported by Sport Ireland, was delighted to host a meeting of the governing Bureau of the LIGUE EUROPÉENNE DE NATATION (LEN) in Dublin on October 12. LEN is our European Governing Body, of which there are 52 countries affiliated.

It is an significant occasion for a country to host such a meeting and an opportunity for European Aquatics to meet with major Irish Sporting Bodies. To mark the occasion Chairman Peter Conway was presented with a plaque by LEN President, Paolo Barelli and Swim Ireland CEO presented the President with an inscribed Galway Crystal plate.
Bureau members stayed for two nights in Dublin, enjoying  a tour of Trinity College during some free time and were very impressed by the welcome and hospitality that they received during their stay.

Swim Ireland has always contributed to the activities and governance of LEN and our current representation on LEN Committees is: LEN Technical Swimming Committee (Gary Stoops) and LEN Audit Committee (Ray Kendal).


Earlier this month we announced our National Squads (Performance and Performance Pathway) and the team that will represent Ireland at the 2019 European Short Course Championships in Glasgow in December.

In preparation for the Olympic season ahead, Swim Ireland Performance announced 12 athletes who will feature as part of our National Squad (Performance) cohort for the 2019-2020 period. The National Squad (Performance Pathway) cohort have also been named, with 15 athletes selected based on their performance credentials in relation to qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 

Eleven senior and eight junior athletes have been selected for the European Championships. with all team members travelling on from these Championships to compete in the 2019 Irish SC Championships (12th - 15th December) in Dublin the following week.

Full National Squad team details are available
HERE and Euro SC team details HERE.
Selection Policies for all Swimming and Diving International events for Summer 2020 are now live on the Swim Ireland website. These include European Junior and Senior Championships, Diving World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Details available

NCL Stroke Development Series Build in to your 2019/2020 season with the right tools to progress your swimming! This series includes 4 stroke technique clinics taking place over the next few months weekends. Each clinic has a different stroke focus, providing something for everyone! All sessions are designed and delivered by National Centre Limerick Coaches - assisted by National Centre Limerick Performance Pathway Athletes.

All clinics will take place at the UL Arena, Limerick. Further information on the each clinic can be found HERE:

Congratulations go to the Irish Senior Men's Water Polo Team who finished in ‪4th place at the FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup in October.

The men in green started the tournament with group wins against Thailand, Malaysia and Zimbabwe before falling to eventual tournament winners Sinapore in their fourth game, this saw them into the 3rd/4th place place off where a strong Indonesia team took the win 14-9.

‪Well done to #TeamIreland on a fantastic week, they finished the tournament with some brilliant wins and a great experience.

The Swim Ireland Membership team are delighted to launch the Coach and Committee Agreement which has been developed to support and enhance the vital relationship between coaches and committees in our clubs. This new resource will provide all clubs with a template document that can be tailored to your club and has been formulated following consultation with clubs across Ireland in early 2019.

Facilitated workshops were held in in each region with coaches and committee members working in peer groups to outline their role and support needs.

Further details are available

Representatives of 22 nations converged in Dublin for the official launch of the Irish Kidney Association’s hosting of the 11th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships, Dublin 2020 which will take place next year from 2 - 9th August ( The members of the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Federation gathered at the Irish Kidney Association’s Renal Support Centre at Beaumont Hospital on Saturday, 19th October for the launch which followed an inspection tour of sporting venues around Dublin. 

Swim Ireland is delighted to be involved in the Games and will lead in the organisation of the swimming events at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.

Further information is available HERE.

The Youth Engagement CPD equips participants with a variety of methodologies to engage the young people in their club and gather their opinions and ideas on things which affect them as members. The workshop is an interactive session on facilitating activities with young people which vary in length and learning styles. You will learn to adapt activities if logistics change or to cater for specific learning needs. The CPD is the face to face workshop for the Swim Ireland Youth Engagement toolkit, aimed mainly at Coaches and CCO’ but not limited to these roles. Coaches can obtain 2 CPD points for attending this workshop. 
Click on your chosen date below to register:
22nd November in Sport HQ, Dublin l 23rd November in Horse and Hound, Wexford
TBC – contact Damien Fitzpatrick if you are interested
TBC – contact Vincent Finn if you are interested
A Masters Swim Clinic  will take place in Cascades Leisure Centre, Portadown on Sunday 24th November 9.45am-2pm.  The swim clinic is open to all levels of Masters swimmers and will include a Strength and Conditioning session and Starts and Turns.
Places are strictly limited to 20, cost is €25 and booking are online  Search “Masters” in Events and Courses.
NEW Level 2 Additional Support Needs Swimming Teacher Course released
We are delighted to advise that our Swim Ireland Tutors have now completed their training and the Level 2 Additional Support Needs Swimming Teacher is now ready and available to register!  his course is suitable for those who already hold a Swim Ireland Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification and want to gain some additional knowledge in teaching to children with Physical, Sensory, Learning or hidden impairments. Our tutors will guide you through theory and practical sessions, where you will gain hands on experience of working with children who require additional support, and gain the skills to return to your teaching environment equipped to support all children in their swimming lesson journey. 
Duration: 2.5 days
Cost: €325 (member) /  €375 (non-member)
To find out more about how to attend a course contact Csenge Deák +353 1625 1120
NEW Level 2 Babies & Toddlers Swimming Teacher Course released
We have been working hard since our Baby Swimming Conference in March to produce our Level 2 Babies & Toddler Swimming Teacher qualification. This course will provide you with both theory and practical experience of teaching swimming to children aged 0-5, based on the latest research in baby swimming, drawing on expertise of leaders in the industry, this course will give you an understanding of the science behind baby swimming and focus on a baby-led, positive and confidence building experience for the child. The course is available to book now!  Check out the Events & Courses section on GoMembership to book your course now.
Duration: 4 days
Cost: €400 (member) / €450 (non-member)
The minimum age to attend both courses is 18 years and all terms and conditions and prerequisites apply.  Clubs or facilities seeking to register and host either ASN or Babies & Toddlers courses should be in touch with the Education office directly for the pre-course registration forms, contact Emmet Ó Muirí, +35386 776 5901
Our Education Department have many courses available between now and the end of the year including; Teaching and Coaching, Diving, NPQL and Autism Spectrum Disorder Teacher qualification. Click HERE to check them out.

Upcoming Events

Celtic Masters, 9th - 10th November, NAC, Dublin
Irish Open Diving Championships, 22nd - 24th November 2019
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, Glasgow, Scotland, 4th - 8th December
Christmas Cracker Gala, NAC, Dublin, 8th December
Irish Short Course Championships, NAC, Dublin, 12th - 15th December

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