Here you can find all of Swim Ireland’s latest Women In Sport initiatives and opportunities. Swim Ireland’s Women In Sport programmes are funded by Sport Ireland.

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Swimmin' Women Midlife Programme

The Swimmin’ Women Midlife programme is delivered annually within indoor and outdoor (heated) swimming pools across Ireland. Programmes run at various times throughout the year and are delivered by Swim Ireland in collaboration with Local Sports Partnerships.

This September, Swim Ireland is collaborating with the Irish Heart Foundation on their “Her Heart Matters Campaign”, a campaign aimed at increasing the awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women and the fact that this risk increases as women enter menopause.

Information on understanding heart disease risks, warning signs and how to protect your heart, will be provided to all Swimmin’ Women participants this September! Plus the Irish Heart Foundation are offering access to a FREE online webinar centred around the Her Heart Matters campaign.

September programmes;

More programme details and bookings coming soon!

The Swimmin’ Women (SW) Midlife programme encourages and empowers mid-life females to participate in aquatic sports. The programme provides women with a fun opportunity to experience the benefits of the water, understanding how aquatic activities can support you throughout the life cycle, while bringing like minded women together for some fun!

The programme includes a specific 6–12 week aqua aerobics programme with 1-2 sessions per week, designed by Irish Chartered physiotherapists and Swim Ireland Teachers and Coaches. Sessions involve stretching, aerobic, resistance, cardiovascular and balance exercises. Swimmin’ Women participants receive information on peri-menopause and menopause and their relationship with aquatics. Swimming goodies, informational pamphlets and access to informational sessions with Women’s Health Specialists are all included!

Click here to see what the Midlife Programme is all about!

Click here to sign up to our Swimmin’ Women Midlife Programme mailing list to stay updated!


Coaching & Mentoring Programme

The Women in Sport (WIS) Coaching & Mentoring Programme was launched by Swim Ireland in 2018, funded by Sport Ireland. The aim of the programme is to address the lack of female coaching across Irish aquatics.

Since its launch, 146 candidates have completed coaching qualifications and gender parity has been achieved within Level 1 and 2 Swim Coaching. Further work is to be carried within Level 3 Swim Coaching and Level 1 and 2 Diving and Water Polo.

Each course involves a blend of online training and classroom / pool elements. Places are distributed via an application process, successful candidates will receive a discounted course fee, along with mentoring opportunities post course.

As places become available on Level 3 Swim Coaching, Level 1 and 2 Diving and Water Polo, they will be posted here on this webpage! Upcoming courses include;

Women in Sport Leadership Programme

The Swim Ireland WIS Leadership Programme (2022 winner of the “Best Initiative to Promote Women in Sport and Physical Activity” at Irish Sport Industry Awards) is returning this September!

  • The course commences Wednesday September 20th,
  • Sessions take place every Wednesday from 7-8.30pm with 5 weeks of online sessions and a final in person session on Sunday October 22nd at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus (11am-2.30pm)
  • The programme is specifically designed for female leaders (Committee Members, Athletes, Officials and other volunteers) within your Club to help develop them in their role.
  • Those applying should already be in a leadership position or seeking to pursue one soon.
  • Over the six weeks candidates will cover various modules vital to leading in sport; Leadership and Values, Networking and Collaboration, Handling Challenging Situations and Developing Resilience, Crisis Management, Influencing in leadership, Communications and Developing Your Personal Brand, Governance in Sport, Change Management
  • Weekly influential speakers working in the upper echelons of sport will make guest appearances to share their insights and key learnings.
  • Places are awarded via application process with successful candidates receiving a heavily subsidised course fee of €100 (usually €750).
  • Applications close August 18th
  • Read full course details here
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