View Full Version : Swim Coach desired for DC Masters Swim Team

September 6th, 2005, 11:21 AM
District of Columbia Aquatics Club
Effective Date: 09/01/2005
Compensation: Hourly and commensurate with experience

DCAC is Washington’s high energy Masters swimming team and social club for gays, lesbians and friends of the gay and lesbian community. Swimmers of all levels – fast, slow, and everywhere in between – are welcome. Our members include FINA Masters World Record holders, more than 60 individual and relay All-Americans, over 200 USMS individual and relay Top Ten swimmers, as well as first-time competitors. DCAC is a member of both United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA).

The team seeks a dynamic, well-experienced coach to supervise, manage and facilitate weekly practice, as well as occasional meets.

Conducts swim team practices (5 – 6 times per week) in a safe, friendly, and competitive environment.
Provides on-deck instruction at team-focus swimming meets.
Promotes swim team participation.
Prevents accidents and eliminates or minimizes hazardous situations.
Performs related duties as required.
Responds regularly and promptly to work.

A minimum of 3 years experience coaching competitive swim team – Head Coaching preferred

Previous experience in some phase of competitive swimming.

Excellent swimming skills
First aid and CPR certified

Automobile – Some travel will be required
Open mindedness, patience, and a sense of humor

Please send resumes to the attention of Christopher Politan at cpolitan@discoverycreek.org

Graham Short
September 21st, 2005, 12:03 PM
Just a few questions Christopher...

How many active swimming members are there in the club? How many of these swimmers attend all sessions? What percentage of your swimmers take part in competitions?

Staff: How many poolside helpers do you have? Do you have an active committee and good social activity program set in place?

Any chance of increasing the number of weekly training sessions? Would this be easy to arrange if the swimmers were prepared to step up the training? Would you consider having morning, afternoon and evening training sessions at your club? How many pools do you use and what is the length of these pools? Do you have the use of a lecture room at the pool? Do you have the use of a gym? Is there a dry-land program in place?

Are your triathlete members happy to train on strokes other than front crawl? Are these triathletes also encouraged to take part in mainstream masters competitions?

Is your annual training program devoted to distinct phases of preparation, and what specific competitive events are targeted during your year? I'm really asking if your focus may be somewhat fragmented due to the diversity of membership. ie, elite masters, novices, triathletes, social swimmers etc. Do you see this variety of team members being a problem or an asset? How in-tune are your swimmers with the planning of a training programme? Are your swimmers familiar with a planned training cycle which identifies the main competitions for the year and includes macrocycles with built-in adaptation periods?

Do you set aside time for motivational team talks? How well attended are these sessions?