The STA’s International Open Water Coach course provides learners with the knowledge and practical skills to coach open water swimming skills in an open water environment.
Tutor Unregulated Courses
In order to apply for international tutor status, applicants will need to complete the STA International Course Tutor Application Form, be occupationally competent and have practical experience in the course they are applying to tutor.
In order for a status to be granted, applicants must:
- Be a member of STA
- Hold the accepted end user qualification in the tutor status being applied for:
- STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Swimming (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in Pool Lifeguarding (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in Safety Award for Teachers (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in Open Water Swimming Coaching (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in First Aid at Work (or accepted equivalent).
- Provide evidence of experience within tutor status being applied for:
- Provide a witness statement of practical teaching hours for non-swimmers through to advanced swimmers
- Provide a witness statement of practical teaching hours for baby and pre-school swimming lessons
- Provide a witness statement of acting / working as a pool lifeguard
- Provide a witness statement of lifesaving experience within an aquatic environment
- Provide a witness statement of practical coaching hours for open water swimming within an open water environment
- Provide a witness statement of first aid experience.
Tutors are required to submit a 1 hour video of delivery on their first course. The video will be moderated by the STA to ensure all procedures and expectations are met. STA reserves the right to remove any tutor status if procedures or standards are not fulfilled.
Upon approval, applicants will be set up to register and administrate unregulated courses via STA Online, with full guidance detailing the process.
Applicants must ensure they have the most up to date international course e-manual(s), available to purchase from the STA Swim-Shop.
Email the completed application form, copies of relevant qualification certificates and evidence of experience to email@example.com.
Learners are required to coach a range of swimmers in an open water environment throughout the course.
On successful completion of the course, learners will be issued with a STA International Open Water Coach Certificate.
On successful completion of the course, learners will:
- Understand the role of an open water coach
- Understand and be able to plan coaching sessions
- Be able to produce a session plan
- Be able to coach progressive practices for open water swimming strokes
- Be able to coach open water swimming skills
- Understand and be able to evaluate a session
- Understand the equipment requirements of open water swimming
- Understand the different considerations for open water swimming.
- Be 16 years old at the time of the assessment
- Have open water swimming experience
- Hold STA membership.
- Learners will be assessed on their theoretical knowledge and practical teaching
- Learners are required to correctly answer 10 verbal questions, and complete 1 session plan to the satisfaction of the tutor
- Throughout the course learners will undertake practical coaching in an open water environment. For the practical assessment, learners are required to coach a 30-minute session to a small group of swimmers. In order for the learner to be deemed competent, the session must be taught independently by the learner without prompting or guidance from the tutor.