WATER SKI /
WAKEBOARD INSTRUCTORS QUALIFICATION
Our coaching awards are UK Coaching Certificate endorsed, so on completion of
the course and successful assessment, your water ski and wakeboard coach
qualification will be nationally recognised and on a par with level 2 coaching
awards in other sports. It is also recognised on the government’s Qualifications
and Credit Framework (QCF) and on the UK Register of Regulated Qualifications.
Course content has about half on
“what to coach” in terms of water ski & wakeboard techniques, and the other half
on “how to coach” these.
What level of skier and rider will you be coaching?
The BWSW Level 2 Coaching award
will take you from teaching beginners to both water ski and wakeboard (Cutting
Edge Bronze) and progressing them through to the Cutting Edge Silver Awards.
This means your pupil will be doing 180s, riding switch and completing Ollie
180s on a wakeboard or, on to one ski and competently crossing the wakes.
Candidate Pre-Requisites for all BWSW (British Water Ski
and Wakeboard) UKCC Level 2 Coaching Awards
BWSW Ski Boat Driver Award (SBDA)
which can be achieved by attending one of our regular courses held at the
Boat driving experience. Beyond
the SBDA you should be an experienced driver for all standards of skier.
Have taken part in (and
produced an attendance certificate for) a Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Protection of Vulnerable Groups
check - As part of the BWSW Child Protection Policy all coaches in Scotland
have to register on the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. The
Scottish Government has introduced this membership scheme to enhance the
Criminal Records Bureau Scotland (CRBS) disclosure arrangements. This ensures that those who
have regular contact with children and protected adults through paid and
unpaid work do not have a known history of harmful behaviour.
First Aid Certificate (basic 3
/ 4 hour course covering resuscitation techniques which can be achieved by
attending one of our regular courses held at the centre.
You need to be 16 years of age
or over to become a BWSW Coach.
Water Ski & Wakeboard
knowledge. There is no personal skiing or riding requirement but you should
have a good background and display knowledge of, and experience in, the
sport. Both your tutor and assessor will seek evidence of this. At this
level of coaching beginner and intermediate skiers and riders the skills of
water skiing and wakeboarding are fairly interchangeable so experience in
one of the disciplines can be extended to the other. In other words, if your
main experience has been in one discipline only, that should not be a
It is recommended you obtain the
First Aid, CRB and SBDA as well as attend the Safeguarding & Protecting Children
seminar before doing the course, however you can obtain these afterwards but you
will not receive your certification and become a Level 2 Coach until you have
all these recorded at BWSW.
Once you have passed the award you
will need to renew this annually and remain a member of British Water Ski &
Wakeboard for the award to be valid. The First Aid qualification and the CRB
Disclosure will also need updating every 3 years for BWSW to validate your
How long is the course and what is the content?
The course is four days long,
and then is followed by a fifth assessment day which is at least four weeks
afterwards. This is to allow coaching practice on the course content so that
coaches can gain further from the assessment process.
You will learn the technical
content of ‘what to coach’ to be able to introduce and then improve skiers
and riders to the sports. You will also learn how to coach and the best
approach to use, to ensure the learning of skiers and riders is maximised.
The course covers topics such
as: Planning Coaching Sessions, Coaching Styles and Learning Styles,
Behaviour Management, Skills Development, Participant Development, Nutrition
and Hydration, Physical Conditioning, Mental Preparation etc.
What is the
structure of the Course?
There is a programme of
learning that takes trainee coaches through the topics on the syllabus with
both classroom based and ‘on the water’ sessions.
The course follows the L2WSWB
Coach handbook as you complete assessed topics - some written, some verbal,
some practical. There is some assessment covered during the course by your
tutor and then a final separate assessment, at least four weeks later. This
is to allow you to put your learning in to practice and develop your
What happens if I do not pass the assessment?
Your tutor or assessor will discuss
any areas they do not feel you have attained the required standard and you will
be assessed again on just these elements at a further assessment. There will be
no further cost to this.
What happens to my existing Water Ski or Wakeboard
Existing instructors can retain
their instructor licences and can continue to renew on a three yearly basis.
January 2011 there will be no NEW instructor courses offered under the “old
syllabus” - we will only offer the new UKCC qualifications.
How can I upgrade from an Instructor to Level 2 WSWB
This depends on what
qualifications you hold at the moment. As there is new content in the Level
2 Coach course, all those with instructor qualifications will have to attend
this part of the Level 2 course. Water ski instructors will then need to
attend the wakeboard technical coaching elements and vice versa.
If you have experience of
coaching in another sport and proof of qualifications, the content of this
course will be taken into consideration. We will discuss with you which
elements of the Level 2 WSWB Coach Course you should attend. It all comes
down to what learning you need, to be able to complete the Coach Handbook
During the course you will be
assessed on your coaching of both disciplines. There is a separate
assessment before your portfolio is submitted for approval and the
The cost varies depending on what
qualifications you already hold as both existing experience and qualifications
will be taken into account. Please contact us for advice on this.
The Qualification and becoming a BWSW Licensed Coach
The qualification you will receive
will be from our awarding body 1st4Sport. Once you have qualified as a BWSW
Level 2 Coach you will be invited to become a BWSW Licensed Coach and to join
the register of coaches. You will be encouraged to undertake a programme of
continuing professional development to retain your licence.