This course covers the skills needed to effectively plan, deliver, and evaluate a series of open water training sessions.

Course Content

  • The roles and responsibilities of coaching open water swimming
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different types of equipment
  • The different opportunities available to open water swimmers
  • How to plan for open water coaching sessions
  • How to develop session management skills


  • Minimum age to attend this course is 16 years old
  • Candidates must hold Level 2 Swimming Coach qualification
  • Active NVB Vetting/ Access NI
  • Safeguarding Level 1

Prices – Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €399

Online Module €125

Virtual Classroom €125

Practical €175

Prices – Non-Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €499

Online Module €149

Virtual Classroom €179

Practical €199

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Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is an essential element of being a successful Open Water Swimming Coach. It is vital to keep up to date with the most current practices and thinking in relation to swimming and aquatics.

CPD helps with career progression and advancement, broadening your knowledge and equipping you with the skills to specialise in specific areas.

It also provides confidence and credibility by ensuring the professional standard of Swim Ireland qualifications are at a consistently high level.

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Licensing helps raise, maintain and regulate standards of practice and help professionalise certain aspects and areas within the aquatics.

It also helps Swim Ireland reward and recognise those working within swimming, both as volunteers and paid professionals, for their achievement of qualifications.

Licensing is renewed annually and the following are required to maintain a teacher license:

  • Swim Ireland Associate or Club Membership
  • Read and accept the Teacher/Coach Code of Conduct on the Swim Ireland Membership Database
  • A passport sized ID photograph uploaded to the membership profile on the Swim Ireland Database
  • Vetting through Swim Ireland or Swim Ulster for Access NI (depending on the jurisdiction of where you are operating)
  • Sport Ireland/Sport NI Safeguarding Level 1
  • 6 CPD points

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