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STA Level 2 Award in Open Water Swimming Coaching

Are you ready to get your open water coaching career started? We have courses running throughout the year, taking place either in our online classroom or in person at one of several locations across the UK. 

Open Water is the fastest growing swimming activity within the UK and many more people are taking part in open water swimming events. As an open water swimming coach, you will be responsible for planning, coaching, and evaluating swimmers in a session in an open water environment. 

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques needed for providing open water swimming sessions. You will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a session effectively.

You will be able to coach a range of swimming abilities from novice open water swimmers through to those who are training for a specific open water event. As an open water coach, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety of your swimmers in the open water environment as well ensuring the equipment used is safe and fit for purpose.

You will be qualified to coach sessions in an open water environment in which you are competent and experienced in.  You will not be able to coach swimmers for an event in which you are not experienced in.

 Our Locations and Dates 

Open Water Coaching Course Dates
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 Online via Zoom, and Aviemore 

Blended Learning

This course is a blended learning course with 2 days of theory live and face to face via the Zoom app with a third day in Person in Aviemore.

28th - 29th June 2024 - Online / Zoom

19th July 2024 - In Person, Aviemore

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 Full 3 Day - In Person, Aviemore 

Full In Person - 3 Days

This course is a full 3 day In Person course taking place at Glenmore Lodge. Accommodation is NOT included in the price.

18th - 20th October 2024 - In Person, Glenmore Lodge nr Aviemore


Pre-Course Requirements:

To take the Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coaching Qualification, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Hold current membership of STA 

  • Submit a brief summary of your open water swimming experience this can be either a completion certificate from an open water event, or the official timings, if you haven’t done an event then a witness statement from someone you regularly swim with would be ideal. 

  • Hold either a Level 2 qualification in either swimming teaching, coaching or triathlon coaching

  • Learners who do not hold a Level 2 qualification must complete the open water swimming coaching online up-skill programme

More Information:

Blended Learning: You will complete two full days of theory in our fun, interactive online classroom via the Zoom app this will be followed by a third and final day of learning in person with in water practical elements at your chosen practical location.

In Person Learning: You will complete three full days in person at your chosen location. Each day of the course will have in water practical elements.

Assessment: The course is tutor assessed throughout. To pass the course you are required participate in discussions and activities, complete and submit a short course portfolio consisting of 3x session plans and a site risk assessment and finally undertake a short multiple choice question paper via the Cirrus platform. 

Courses typically start at 09:00am and finish at 5:30pm - this will be confirmed during booking. Your course tutor will ensure you have all the learning materials you need and provide support with getting set up with the digital multiple choice question paper platform.

Allow around 3-4 hours for completion of your coursework.

 After Your Course: 

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Upon completion of your Level 2 Open Water Coaching Course you will have the required qualification and skills to coach a variety of swimmers in open water environments from 121's to small groups! 
You will have the confidence you need to coach all levels of swimmers to achieve their goals in a safe manner and environment! 

Ongoing support after the course:

All coaches will have the opportunity to access ongoing support long after the course has been completed.  
My exclusive BTW Coaching Facebook group is a place to ask questions, get support both practically and morally and gives you the opportunity to connect with other coaches across the UK who have completed the course with Beyond the Water. 

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