1 Feb 2017

From 1st April 2017 British Swimming is set to implement changes when applying for a Poolside Accreditation for British Swimming events. These are the same changes which are also being implemented at ASA National Events.

Please read the following information carefully and make the necessary preparations well in advance to ensure a successful application process. Annual passes are not available. Late surcharges will not apply.

Coaches and team managers must fulfil the following criteria, as required by their role,  when applying for poolside accreditation:

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You will not be able to apply for a Poolside Accreditation without the above documents in place. 


  • Log into Membership Options (England and Wales) or click here (Scotland)
  • To check that the required documents are up to date, follow the instructions at the top of the page. The system will display the eligibility per event and will highlight areas where further action is required.
  • If all the requirements and qualifications are met for the event, the system will automatically display the option to apply for the event accreditation. 


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Coaches and Team Managers must hold a valid DBS disclosure issued by the ASA/WASA (SASA - disclosure via Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme)), which is valid for 3 years. Other DBS disclosures will be accepted subject to the individuals being willing to provide consent if their DBS is registered with the DBS Update Service.

The application process for a DBS with the ASA could take up to 4 weeks to complete and is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

Individuals must submit proof of valid DBS certificates or for any DBS queries should contact:

Minimum Qualifications & Training

In accordance with Wavepower guidance, coaches and team managers should hold the appropriate qualifications and training as required by their role. The following will be required for the British Swimming Poolside Accreditation:

 Coach: Teaching/Coaching Qualification Level 1 or equivalent minimal qualification

Team Manager*: Team Manager Training Module 1 Certificate

*Team managers applying for the accreditation, who are under the age of 18 years old, must be acting in an assistant capacity only. Clubs will be required to provide an additional team manager who is 18+; applications will be refused if this condition is not met.

To obtain either of the above, individuals are required to:

Coach: visit ASA Coaching and Teaching Courses

Team Manager: contact [email protected]

To submit proof of the minimum required qualification, please email certificate copies (ensuring email is titled ‘Poolside Accreditation’) to: ASA Awarding Body: 01509 640 493/ [email protected]

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Training

In preparation for 2018 requirements, during 2017 all coaches and team managers are required to update and record their Safeguarding qualification (wherever awarded) with ASA Memberships Department.

A valid Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate is valid for 3 years. For further information on ASA approved Safeguarding and Protecting Children training, applicants should visit:

Those applicants, who have previously attended the SCUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop in a face-to-face format and need to renew their certificate, are eligible to access an online renewal safeguarding course, which has been deemed acceptable by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU):

Individuals must submit proof of valid Safeguarding certificates or for any queries relating to updating individual membership records should contact:


All Poolside Accreditations will require the individual’s photo for identification purposes. Coaches and team managers can upload or update their headshot photo by logging into ASA Membership Options

    If you have any queries regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact: