2016 NZSCTA Awards

Nominations are called for the following categories to be announced at the 2016 Awards Dinner:

  • Swim Teacher of the Year
  • Rookie Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Swim School
  • Swim School Promotion Award
  • Master Teacher (Nan Nevin Award)
  • Rookie Coach of the Year

You can download the criteria and nomination form here.

About Us

The organization is involved in initiatives and projects that support members in developing best practice and professional excellence in the aquatic industry.

A copy of the Constitution of NZSCTA can be downloaded here.


We have a range of vacancies for coaches and teachers throughout New Zealand.

The latest vacancy is for Swim Waipa Manager.

State Elite Series

The State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, New Zealand's largest and most recognized open water swimming event, has been announced for this year.

The Series, made up of six ocean swim events at iconic locations around New Zealand: Paihia; Auckland; Wellington; Akaroa; Mount Maunganui; and Auckland again.

For more information, visit the website www.oceanswim.co.nz/.


Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand is an organization representing the needs of professional swim teachers, coaches and providers across New Zealand.

On-Line Membership Now Available

It's time to renew your membership for the coming season…
…and you can do it on-line!

Clicking on this link www.nzscat.org.nz/registration will take you to a page where you can fill out the membership form on-line. A couple of hints first:

  • You will need to "CREATE NEW ACCOUNT". This will associate your email address with a username and password. It is not the same password that you have to get access to the members part of the website
  • You then go through the process of registering for either Coach, Teacher, or Non-qualified Coach or Teacher
  • PayPal is used to pay the fee - PayPal accepts either Visa or MasterCard as well
  • It may seem a lot of questions first up but when you come to renew next year it will be a piece of cake as you will only need to update any of your details
  • Any problems please give Graham a call (07 5622055 or 021 1408685)

The system does not handle Organizational Membership. For this, please use the Site Membership Pack, which you can download here.
Also if you prefer the traditional method of filling out a form then please download the membership pack here.

Thank you


Below is all the latest news in the world relating to Swim Coaches and Teachers (courtesy of World Swim Coaches Association).

Friday 27 May 2016


FORT LAUDERDALE, USA--The WSCA Board will meet the evening of Friday, September 9, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The meeting is being held during the time-frame of the 2016 ASCA World Clinic.

NEW ZEALAND--Last month, Swimming New Zealand (SNZ) announced an 8-swimmer team for the 2016 Olympics. Swimmers are (5 males, 3 females): Bradlee Ashby, Lauren Boyle, Helena Gasson, Matt Hutchins, Corey Main, Emma Robinson, Glenn Snyders and Matthew Stanley. Coaches are: Thomas Ansorg, Gary Hurring and Graeme Laing. Additional swimmers may be added for relays, if New Zealand qualifies, and for the 10K races, if they qualify. Team announcement can be found online here: More
SNZ has also announced an 8-swimmer team for the 2016 Paralympics. This announcement can be found online here: More

SINGAPORE--Tan Jin Leonard was named Club Coach of the Year by the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) at its 2015 awards dinner held last month. Swimmer of the Year honors went to Joseph Schooling and Li Tao. A full list of honorees can be found on the SSA website here: More

Thursday 26 May 2016


ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND--On Friday, Noel Hardgrave-Booth was named the 2015 Coach of the Year by the New Zealand Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association (NZSCTA), at the NZSCTA Awards held in Rotorua. Hardgrave-Booth's work with Bobbi Gichard was cited in the honoring. Also at the NZSCTA Awards, Sue Southgate was named 2015 Open Water Coach of the Year, for her work with Charlotte Webby.

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--The 2016 Romania International is today through Sunday (May 25-29) in Bucharest. Results from the meet can be found online here: More

MERSIN, TURKEY--The 2016 Turkey Age Group Championships is today through Sunday (May 25-29) in Mersin. Results from the meet can be found online here: More

LONDON, UK--The 2016 European Masters Championships is today through Sunday (May 25-29) in London, England. Results from the meet can be found online here: More

DEVONSHIRE, BERMUDA--The 2016 Bermuda Nationals was last weekend (May 19-22) in Devonshire. Results from the meet can be found online here: More

LEON, MEXICO--The 2016 Mexico Masters Nationals was last weekend (May 18-22) in León, Guanajuato. Results from the meet can be found online here: More

Wednesday 25 May 2016


PAPUA NEW GUINEA--Papua New Guinea Swimming (PNGSI) has named an 8-swimmer team for the 2016 Oceania Championships next month in Suva, Fiji. Team members are: Leonard Kalate, Stanford Kawale, Ryan Maskelyne, Shanice Paraka, Ryan Pini, Ashley Seeto, Samuel Seghers and Barbara Vali-Skelton. Coach for the meet is Rob Van Der Zant. Team roster can be found on the PNGSI website here: More

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Europeans: Paltrinieri lowers ER in 1500 -Hungary finishes atop medals, Italy atop points

LONDON, UK--Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy, swam to a new European Record in the Men's 1500 Free at the 2016 European Championships last Wednesday in London, England. Paltrinieri won the event in 14:34.04, bettering the 14:39.67 record he swam at last year's World Championships. The Swimming portion of the 2016 European Championships was last week (May 16-22). Results from the meet can be found online here: More
At the championships, 12 nations won a Swimming event, with 23 nations garnering a medal. Medal standings for the top-12 are:

 1) HUN (19) - 10 g, 4 s, 5 b
 2) GBR (22) -  7 g, 6 s, 9 b
 3) ITA (17) -  5 g, 7 s, 5 b
 4) NED (10) -  5 g, 3 s, 2 b
 5) FRA  (9) -  4 g, 1 s, 4 b
 6) SWE  (5) -  4 g, 0 s, 1 b
 7) DEN  (7) -  2 g, 4 s, 1 b
 8) UKR  (5) -  1 g, 2 s, 2 b
 9) POL  (2) -  1 g, 1 s, 0 b
    GER  (2) -  1 g, 1 s, 0 b
11) LTU  (3) -  1 g, 0 s, 2 b
12) GRE  (2) -  1 g, 0 s, 1 b

Top-6 nations in point standings are:
 1. ITA - 875
 2. GBR - 730
 3. HUN - 715
 4. FRA - 374
 5. NED - 363
 6. SWE - 335


FINA Anti-Doping report

Doping Offence - Louis Brodeur (BEL) May 23, 2016 More
On January 23, 2016, the water polo player Louis Brodeur (BEL) was tested positive to the prohibited substance Carboxy-THC (Class S.8 Cannabinoids) following a doping control test conducted on the occasion of the water polo competitions in Mechelen (BEL).
The National Anti-Doping Agency of Flanders imposed a sanction of 6 months’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on May 10, 2016.


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND--FINA posted yesterday that it has lifted its provision suspension of Yuliya Efimova effect May 20, 2016. Efimova had been provisionally suspended in March due to the presence of meldonium in recent anti-doping tests. In the statement, FINA states that the lifting of the suspension is in-line with recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on meldonium-related issues this year. FINA also notes that the case is not closed, but rather pending further information from WADA, who is looking into meldonium issues further. Further information can be found in FINA's statement online here: More

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Saturday 21 May 2016


European Championships 2016--London, UK May 9-22 More -Swimming is this week, Diving and Synchro were last week

Mexico Masters Championships 2016--León, Gto. Wednesday-Sunday (May 18-22)

Bermuda Nationals 2016--Devonshire Thursday-Sunday (May 19-22)

Venezuela Age Group Nationals 2016--Caracas Thursday-Sunday (May 19-22) More

DS annual meeting 2016--Brøndby (Denmark) Friday & Saturday May 20+21) -meeting of the Danish Swimming Federation (DS)

Costa Rica Nationals 2016--La Sabana Friday-Sunday (May 20-22)

Japan Open 2016--Tokyo Friday-Sunday (May 20-22) More

Portugal Open Water Nationals 2016--Abrantes Saturday & Sunday (May 21+22) More

Thursday 19 May 2016


NZSCTA Conference 2016--Rotorua (New Zealand) May 18-21 (Wednesday-Saturday) More

SSA Teachers and Coaches Conference 2016--Johannesburg, Gauteng (South Africa) June 17-19 (Friday-Sunday)

NSF Coach/Leader Conference 2016--Lillestrøm (Norway) September 2-4 (Friday-Sunday) More

ASCA World Clinic 2016--Fort Lauderdale, FL (USA) September 6-11 (Tuesday-Sunday) More

BSCA Conference 2016--Leeds, England (UK) September 23-25 (Friday-Sunday) More

CSCTA Conference 2016--Toronto, ON (Canada) September 29-October 2 (Thursday-Sunday)

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