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Open Water Swimming Coaching

For those who love open water and want to promote and share their passion by coaching swimmers in an open water environment, STA’s Open Water Swimming Coaching qualification will prepare learners for all aspects of open water swimming coaching, from planning, coaching and evaluating open water swimming sessions.

This qualification also meets CIMSPA’s employer-led coach professional standard.

How Will the Qualification Benefit You?

  • Created by STA’s open water swimming experts, with leading open water swimming associations plus double world champion and Olympic silver medallist in open water swimming, Keri-anne Payne – providing you with quality training
  • Regulated by Ofqual
  • Meets CIMSPA’s employer-led coach professional standard
  • Recognised internationally, allowing you to take your open water coaching career around the world

When you Get Your Qualification

  • You’ll be trained to effectively plan, deliver and evaluate open water swimming sessions in environments for which you have competence and experience in
  • Take swimmers into an open water environment for the first time, right through to training them for an event

How to Take Your Open Water Coaching Career Further

Once qualified, learners may wish to develop their knowledge in open water further by specialising in areas of open water swimming, such as cold-water or channel/long-distance coaching. These can be achievable through add-on CPD programmes.

Interested? Before You Get Started…

You’ll need to make sure you’ve met the following requirements before you attend your course:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold current membership of STA
  • Submit a CV detailing relevant open water swimming experience
  • Hold either a swimming teaching, coaching or triathlon coaching qualification
    • Learners who do not hold any of the above qualifications must complete the open water swimming coaching online up-skill programme


Learners must have all pre-requisites in place before the start of the course. Qualification certificates cannot be issued if all pre-requisites are not met before the start of the course, post course submissions will not be accepted.

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