Lead Competitive Coach 

Job Type: Full Time  

Term: Permanent 

Salary: £21,000 - £24,000  

Qualification: UKCC Level 2 Coaching/Teaching Minimum  (Aspiring to reach Level 3) 

Responsible to: Head Age Group Coach / Head of Competitive & Development / Head Coach  


Wycombe District Swimming Club, a leading club in the South East of England and a designated Swim England Performance Centre, is looking to appoint a full time “Lead Competitive Coach” coach to join our established and experienced coaching team. Primarily, the successful candidate will lead our Junior Competitive Squad which is a key part of our Competitive and Performance pathway. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to lead or assist with various sessions from squads in the Performance, Competitive & Development pathways. 

About the Club

WDSC is a Swim England National Performance Centre and a thriving community club. Our aims are to provide training opportunities within the right environment that enables each swimmer in the club the chance to reach their full potential, at an aspirational level which is suitable to them. We serve our local community and provide all levels of swimming; this includes ensuring that performance swimming is integral to what we do in the Wycombe District. 

The club has significantly evolved in size and our members compete at all levels of swimming. We’ve had big increases in the numbers of swimmers qualifying for Counties, Regionals and Nationals – our best ever results in the summer of 2019. WDSC is the leading club in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire County where we have been the County Champions since 2015. We regularly dominate the South East Region Championships medal tables and reflecting on the 2019 summer Nationals, Wycombe will be sent its biggest ever team of 44 swimmers to the British & English events – with 20 Relay teams being invited to compete at British – the highest of any club in the UK. 

The Role

The successful candidate appointed to the role of “Lead Competitive Coach” will be at the heart of our Age Group and Junior Potential programmes, so will work very closely with our lead coaches  Head Age Group Coach, the Head of Competitive & Development, the Head of Academy, the Lead Junior Potential Coach, the Head Athletic Coach and our Head Coach). You will be involved in the development of the entire club – particularly having a significant impact in the growth, progression and development of our Competitive pathway and our overall Age Group programme. 

WDSC has developed a UK-leading Club Land Training programme that is led by our experienced Athletic Development Coach and your involvement in supporting this exciting programme will be essential. 

Junior Competitive swimmers compete at County and Regional level and depending on ability and performance levels; they will either transition into our Performance pathway or continue into the Youth and Senior Competitive Squads. 

We expect the poolside coaching commitment of this role to be around a minimum of 24 hours per week with additional time required for preparation, administration and competition as required to deliver a high-quality coaching service to the squads.  

The Candidate

The ideal candidate is someone established as an Age Group/Junior/Development coach who has a passion for the development of Age Group Swimming and seeing swimmers progress to higher levels. The Assistant Head Age Group Coach must aspire to be a leader, not just as a coach, but as a leader of other coaches within the programme. They must be a genuine team player and clearly show their love of coaching and swimming.  Most importantly, they must be driven and knowledgeable, whilst possessing the ability to communicate effectively with swimmers, coaches & parents. 

The candidate will need to have sound knowledge of the well-established principles of (Long-Term) Athlete Development and the more recent British Swimming OADF. Additionally, they should actively demonstrate the willingness to learn and further develop themselves from other coaches in the club and through opportunities external to the club. The coach should be knowledgeable in competitive swimming and be driven to achieve results for swimmers of all abilities with a particular focus on increasing the skills and techniques of the club’s Age Group & Youth Swimmers, enabling more swimmers to reach their full potential in the programme. 

Role Description

For further details of the expected duties see the role description

How to apply

Please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to Simon Shaw via [email protected]

You can contact the club on 01494 410075 Option 3


Working at Wycombe Swimming

Our team is a blend of talented volunteers and paid coaches. The team work together to provide the best outcome we can for the benefit of the club members. We believe in the continuous development of swimmers, coaches and other volunteers through experience, training and individual learning.


We are always keen to engage new volunteers in our many roles. From administration to poolside coaching if you want to learn a new skill or just to apply an old one please contact us at [email protected] or see our volunteers page.


From time to time we are able to offer internships to individuals wishing to work with in the Sports and Lesiure Industry, If you are interested in working with us in this way please contact us at [email protected]

Paid Roles

When paid coaching roles become available we will advertise them below and via outlets such as careers in aquatics. Please read the description carefully and follow the instructions to apply