Swimming Coach, Sotogrande International School

Closing date:Expiring soon

Sotogrande International SchoolSotogrande International School

Date posted:
Start date: 01/09/2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Temporary
Suitable for NQTs: No

Swimming Coach


The School

Situated on a spacious, leafy campus with expanding facilities, Sotogrande International School is a growing IB World day and boarding school offering the IB programmes throughout from PYP in our Primary School, to MYP in our Middle School and through to the IB Diploma in our Upper School.  Now in its 40th year, the school has grown steadily and enjoys a strong reputation for quality education in Spain. The student body will grow to over 1000 students by September 2019.

We are currently full in a number of year groups and have waiting lists. We have over 130 students studying the IB Diploma Programme in our Upper School, where academic standards are high.  

The most recently graduated cohort scored an average IB Diploma score of 34 points, with 15% achieving 40 points or more, which we are really proud of considering we are non-selective. We are not however, just an academically focused school.  Our drive is to educate the whole child and support students to explore their own gifts and talents, helping them to find their passions and purpose in life.

In our recent programme visit from the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), we were praised on our teaching and learning, our student engagement, our teacher wellbeing and energy, our leadership and vision.


What are we looking for?

 A swimming coach to join the Physical and Health Education department. The swimming coach will lead the school swimming programme and assist teachers in the delivery of swimming in the primary (PYP) and secondary (MYP) Physical and Health Education curriculum to meet IB PYP and MYP specifications, as well as department expectations.

 The successful candidate will be expected to take a full and active role in the curricular and extracurricular activities of the department, planning and organizing extensive extracurricular programmes for beginners through to elite, before and after school, as well as to lead swim squad training and inter-school fixtures mainly during weekends. Organize and coach teams for local and international competitions.

 A dynamic, enthusiastic, highly organized and adaptable professional with the ability to work independently and to plan and organize programs. 

 Able to work calmly and safely under pressure and to communicate effectively with students, identifying and meeting their needs to open minds and remove barriers to learning.

 Have the ability to develop the physiological, psychological and developmental needs of participants.

 Ability to analyze and meet the needs of students with varying levels of physical and mental ability. 

 The successful candidate will help to plan, develop and implement programs to increase participation and attract more students into the swimming program including a seasonal and yearly training program including strength-training program for elite swimmers.

 Track and monitor all students by maintaining personal best times, team records and prepare monthly reports regarding attendance, etc.

 Accompany swimmers to scheduled meets. Supervise pre-meet warm-ups, and motivate and evaluate swimmers during the meet.

 Ensure that all workouts and training sessions administered are safe and complete.

 Review and improve existing swimming curriculums 


Qualifications and Experience:

Coaching Certification, swimming UK Level 2 or equivalent in Spain or other countries.

Experience and knowledge of leading and developing beginners, intermediate and advanced swimming programmes.

Experience in the development, implementation and execution of a competitive swimming program.

Experience and knowledge in setting up, managing, directing and leading swimming galas.

A qualified bilingual (English and Spanish) swimming coach

Knowledge of current aquatic coaching techniques, training and teaching methods.


In return we offer:

● Meals during term time.

● Full time and 1 year contract, starting in September 2019.

● Life insurance and professional liability coverage during school hours.

● Contribution to EU pension.

● Access to state healthcare.

● Help with relocation.

● Professional development at the school is well supported completed by a strong internal support programme.


If you want to make a difference to the education of students and thrive on making a positive impact, we want to hear from you.

If you are interested, please send a CV, letter of application and statement of your philosophy of education with the application.

Initial interviews will be completed through Skype. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview session in Sotogrande at a date to be confirmed, prior to the final decision being taken.  For more details and additional vacancies, please see our website www.sis.ac

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that Sotogrande International School takes safeguarding very seriously. There is a rigorous process involved as part of recruitment. If you are the successful candidate police clearance will be required for all countries of employment and 2 references will be requested previously to be contracted.




More about Sotogrande International School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Apartado 15, Cádiz, 11310, Spain. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +34 956 795 902
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