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ASA Level 2 British Open Water Swimming (QCF)

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    Coaching Swimming
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    Elizabeth Janet Slack,Darren Sims,Ian Wood,Robert Moore,Blended Learner
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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


Course Times and Dates:

Day 1 (20th May 08am – 6pm): New Hall School

Day 2 (12th August 08am – 6pm): Redricks Lake


The ASA Level 2 Award in British 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 Swim England Senior Swimming Coach Qualification (if you are level 2 Swimming Coach)
  3. Speak with your Swim England Regional Develoment Officer for Open Water to discuss opportunities to attend the Open Water Development Camp as a Coach (If you are a level 3/Senior Coach already)
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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Redricks Lake
Redricks Lane CM21 0RL
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