Marlin’s coaching staff are paid members of the team. Coaches cannot vote in an annual general meeting or at executive meetings. The Head Coach attends the meetings during most of the year, advising the executive on technical matters. The coaching staff is normally comprised of students working their way through University. Because of this, we have been fortunate in recent years to qualify for government grants to assist in paying their salaries. The minimum level of technical qualification we require include current certificates in:
• WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS I
• N.C.C.P. LEVEL 1
• Criminal check by the RCMP
The Role of the Coaching Staff:
The coaching staff provides the technical expertise in how to train and to swim the strokes correctly. They encourage our athletes, dealing with each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. As a courtesy, should you wish to discuss a topic with a coach, please do so before or after a practice as during practice times coaches need to put 100% concentration on the swimmers in the water. Coaches’ authority prevails at both practices and at meets, and Coaches’ expectations regarding behavior (attendance, attitude, and commitment) must be met by the team members. This may mean simple talks, progressing to asking a disruptive swimmer to sit out a practice, scratching a swimmer from a relay team, to ultimately involving the Coaches Committee to review a swimmer’s problems with a parent(s).
Should you have concerns or questions regarding our coaches, you are encouraged to write to our Coaches Committee c/o the 1st Vice President.