Course Information

Level 2 Coaching Open Water Swimming

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 (16 years +)
  • Safeguarding Level 1 (required for certification)

Prices - Members

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

Online Module €125

Virtual Classroom €150

Practical €125

Prices - Non-Members

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

Online Module €150

Virtual Classroom €175

Practical €175

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Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

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 coach 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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Swim Ireland recognise that Open Water Swimming Coaches come from all over the world.

A qualification from outside of Ireland or another Awarding Body in Ireland can be mapped against Swim Ireland qualifications. Anyone wishing to have a qualification mapped, to receive an equivalent Swim Ireland qualification can apply for Equivalency by creating a profile on the Swim Ireland Database.

Applicants are required to complete and submit the following as part of their application process. 

  • Create a Swim Ireland Profile
  • Complete e-Learning via STEP learning platform
  • Complete Swim Ireland vetting
  • Complete a Swim Ireland recognised Safeguarding Course and provide certificate
  • Copy of syllabus and award/certificate of existing qualification. All documentation must be translated into English prior to uploading
  • Provide a reference(s) from a Swim Ireland Coach holding minimum of a Level 2 qualification but preferably a Level 3


Level 1 Equivalency €499

Level 2 Equivalency €799

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