Associate Membership

Swim Ireland qualified Teachers or Coaches can avail of individual insurance by becoming a Swim Ireland Associate member.

Associate Membership (Teacher/Coach insurance) is paid annually, due in the month of initial registration. Swim Ireland administer the insurance scheme on behalf of the Institute of Swimming (IoS). New members may join at any time of the year.

Associate members are given free non competitor membership of a Swim Ireland Club – please apply separately through the Club you wish to join.

Register of Aquatic Professionals

The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAP) replaces the traditional Coach/ Teacher Licensing from 1 January 2024.

Swim Ireland qualified coaches and teachers will renew their position on the Register each year on a calendar basis (1 January – 31 December).

RAP recognises the professional nature of the qualifications gained by Swim Ireland coaches and teachers, along with the ongoing development through CPD and maintaining of the Vetting/ Access NI and Safeguarding requirements.

Coaches and Teachers can opt-in to being publicly featured on the Register of Aquatic Professionals on Swim Ireland website, to support employment and other engagement

Coaches/ Teachers are required to maintain active vetting and safeguarding credentials.

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More Information

Swim Ireland offers membership and insurance cover to its certified teachers and coaches. The insurance coverage is provided under the auspices of Swim Ireland through the Institute Of Swimming (IOS) in the UK Swim Ireland operates, administers and manages the scheme in Ireland. This insurance is renewed on an annual basis.

Candidates who hold a certificate are covered only within the role of their certificate for insurance purposes and they must act within that role to ensure insurance coverage.

Where a teacher operates outside the remit of their role the insurance is null and void. Teachers and Coaches are only insured to teach and coach within the parameters of the Teaching and Coaching syllabus that they have certificated qualifications in.

There is no insurance coverage with the I.O.S. for any person teaching who has no Swim Ireland accredited qualification (or who has not undertaken the equivalency procedure).

In order to hold Swim Ireland Associate Membership you must:

  1. Be 16-80 years of age
  2. Hold current Garda Vetting/Access NI (depending on jurisdiction) through Swim Ireland (within the last 3 years)
  3. Hold a current Sport Ireland/Sport Northern Ireland Safeguarding certificate (within the last 4 years)
  4. Hold a relevant teaching/coaching certificate

To apply for insurance you must do so through the Swim Ireland Membership Database, the cost of which is €80.00 or £60.00 per year.

How to Apply

  1. Swim Ireland Associate Membership application through Swim Ireland Membership Database
  2. Swim Ireland Teaching/Coaching Qualification
  3. Vetting through Swim Ireland or Swim Ulster for Access NI
  4. Child protection training certificate obtained within the last 4 years (Sport Ireland/Irish Sports Council or Sport NI)
  5. Relevant fee
  6. Photo uploaded to profile on Swim Ireland Membership Database

For more support check out our tutorial video

  1. Register here
  2. Swim Ireland Teaching/Coaching Qualification
  3. Vetting through Swim Ireland or Swim Ulster for Access NI obtained within the last 3 years
  4. Safeguarding certificate obtained within the last 3 years (Sport Ireland or Sport NI)
  5. Select Premium or Basic Tiers
  6. 6 CPD points at time of registration
  7. Photo uploaded to profile on Swim Ireland Membership Database

For more support check out our how to register guide.