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ASA Level 2 Award Coaching Open Water Swimming (QCF)

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    Coaching Swimming
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    Elizabeth Janet Slack,Rebecca Lippett,Robert Moore
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You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course.

In order to attend this course, Learners must be holders of either:

ASA UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Swimming (QCF) or equivalent

ASA Level 2 Swimming Teaching or equivalent with coaching or open water experience

1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Triathlon (QCF) or equivalent

Please contact the IoS if you have any queries with regards to pre-requisite qualifications.


222 OW - Principles of Swimming in Open Water

223 OW - Save and effective planning and preparation for open water swimming

224 OW - Innovative delivery of open water swimming sessions


All learners looking to attend this course are asked to kindly fill out the below survey:

This is a Blended Learning programme which means that learners complete some units online.

Bookings for this course close on 11th of March  You will be granted access to the e-learning core units workspace after the first face to face date, hosted by our partner system PebblePad - an industry leading e-Portfolio system. 

Course dates, venues and times:

Day 1 (25th March 9am – 5pm): Trowbridge Sports Centre, Frome Rd, Trowbridge BA14 0DN

Day 2 (11th June , 9am – 5pm): Vobster Quay

In the unlikely event that the IoS will need to cancel the second face to face assessment day due to bad weather, you will be invited to attend an alternative course to complete assessment.

*Please note that any course bookings made after 11th March 2017, will include a £20.00 late booking fee.*


The ASA Level 2 Award in Coaching Open Water Swimming (QCF) qualification is aimed at Level 2 Swimming or Triathlon Coaches who want to acquire specialist knowledge delivering open water swimming sessions to a range of participants.

This qualification is nationally recognised and has been developed based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) for coaching. These standards are a series of statements which describe what competent swimming coaches should do as part of their role in the Coaching environment. They cover all main aspects of the occupation, including knowledge and understanding that underpins competent performance.

The Guided Learning Hours for this course is 50. Approximately 16 hours will be spent on face to delivery and then a further 35 hours (approximately) of online learning and assessment and your lesson planning and evaluations etc. 


Assessment is through e-learning portfolio submissions, plus two face to face attendance days and assessment. The first face to face day will be within a simulated pool environment and the second at an outdoor venue of your choice.

Upon successful completion of the qualification, learners should be able to:

Understand open water swimming participation

Understand the sport specific skills in open water swimming

Know about relevant equipment related to swimming in open water

Understand the structure of open water swimming sessions

Understand the coach-participant relationship for open water swimming sessions

Understand the health and safety considerations and good practice for open water swimming 

Know how to manage risk in relation to delivering open water swimming sessions

Be able to plan a series of Open Water sessions

Be able to conduct effective Open Water swimming sessions

Be able to monitor participants performance during an open water swimming session

Be able to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of delivery and own performance

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Further study

If you are successful in obtaining this qualification, you are eligible to seek coaching roles through employment or volunteering opportunities.

You should look to develop your learning and knowledge of this discipline by working with other, more senior qualified, experienced, licensed coaches.

Your personal development options include

  1. To undertake some of the professional development seminars offered by the IoS or British Triathlon
  2. To undertake the UKCC Level 3 Senior Coach Qualification in Coaching Swimming or Coaching Triathlon
Course Syllabus

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This course provides all units for the following qualification:

ASA Level 2 Award Coaching Open Water Swimming (QCF)

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Vobster Quay
Upper Vobster BA3 5SD
2nd venue
PFP Leisure - Trowbridge Sports Centre, Wiltshire
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