AS the old saying goes, you never stop learning, and Warrnambool Swimming Club coach Jayson Lamb is no exception.
Lamb completed his silver coaching licence last month.
He is now one of only a few coaches outside the metropolitan area to hold the qualification.
A silver licence coach has the competence to plan, conduct and evaluate swimming coaching programs to enable swimmers to compete at state and Australian age championships, according to the Australian Swimming Coaches And Teachers Association.
Lamb said the benefits obtained from the extensive course work that was associated with the licence far outweighed the amount of time he put into it.
“To qualify for the silver licence, you need to have six national level swimmers,” he said.
“I’ve been eligible to do it for a few years now, but it’s been a matter of finding the time to do it.”
During the last school holidays, Lamb also attended the Australian National Youth ID camp, with Warrnambool teenager Isaac Jones.
He was one of nine coaches from around the country selected to attend the camp.
Lamb said it was a fantastic experience.
“There were coaches there with Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes,” he said.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to talk with them and pick up information about the latest techniques and training styles.”
Jones was one of 36 swimmers selected from around the country for the camp, his second for the school holidays, after attending the Swimming Australia middle distance camp on the Gold Coast.
Jones stayed on in Canberra this week to compete in the state teams short course challenge, a team-based competition, where state teams go head-to-head in a variety of individual and relay events to score points for their state.