STA Level 2 In Person

Our Open Water Swim Coaching Qualification

Designed to instill maximum efficiency

and confidence in the water

Do you want to turn your love of open water swimming into a career? Our STA open water coaching qualification is perfect whether you’re already a swimming teacher looking to branch out into open water or want to turn your passion for outdoor swimming into your new profession.

Our Swimming Teachers Association Level 2 qualification is delivered by Keri-anne Payne, and will arm you with everything you will need to become a confident coach in the outdoors, whether it be in lakes, lochs, rivers or the ocean. This course is regulated by Ofqual and meets CIMPSA’s employer-led coach professional standard as well as being an internationally approved qualification.

All of our in-person courses are undertaken with small groups of no more than 12 fellow candidates joining you for the 3 day course.

Our courses mainly take place in London and Aberdeen. We sometimes run courses in other locations and can accomodate courses for 6 or more in a different location.

Not able to get to any of our locations? No problem, we run online courses for those unable to travel for the full three days.

Course Dates

This is a 3 days in person course.

9th, 10th & 11th May, West Reservoir, London

13th, 14th & 15th June, West Reservoir, London

Course Details

Length of Course

3 days in person
9.30-17.30 each day


This course takes place in person and so you will be required to travel to one of our locations and provide your own accommodation.

Price of Course

The price of the course for 3 days in-person is £550.

This includes the course registration, all
learning material, lifetime access to the closed
facebook coaching community, and also 3 months
free access to our SLS membership.

SLS Membership

We have included 3 months access to our SLS membership allowing access to a vast library of additional learning modules to support the qualification, and your further learning. The membership also includes live, and recorded monthly events to support all coaches.


To take the Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach Qualification you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit experience on your open water experience, either a completion certificate form an open water event, or the official timings, if you haven’t done an event then a witness statement form someone you regularly swim with would be ideal.
What kit you will need:

What to Expect

Day 1

All 3 days of our in person course will undertake a practical in-water element. On day one we will begin to equip you with everything that you need to become a qualified open water swimming coach. Topics we will cover are:

  • Introducing Swimmers to the Open Water
  • How to be an open water coach & SWIM principles of coaching
  • Introduction to open water equipment
  • Recreational open water skills including safe entries and exits and treading water

You will only be ‘assessed’ on your practical coaching skills on day 3. Practical sessions on Day 1 and 2 are chances to practice your learnt coaching skills.

Day 2

On the second day of the Level 2 course we will cover safe open water swimming as well as the different types of venues & legislation involved with open water coaching. These are topics we will cover:

  • Open water legislation
  • Open water venues and types
  • Risk assessments and Emergency action plans
  • Normal Operating Plans
  • Stroke technique
  • Open water safety code

On day 2 we will encourage you to complete the course paperwork required to go along with your qualification.

Day 3

Day 3 will cover the swimming elements fo the course and rounds up with a marked Multiple Choice Questionnaire paper, which is the ‘theory assessed’ part of the course as well as:

  • Session Planning
  • Open Water skills including sighting, feeding, buoy turns & drafting
  • Open Water conditions
  • Weather conditions and adaptations from pool to open water training
  • The final in water practical element is the ‘practical assessed’ part of your qualification.

We require course work to be undertaken as part of your learning. This will include a full risk assessment, 3 session plans with a mix of technique and open water skills. We suggest allowing up to 3 hours to complete.

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The Straight Line Swimming Community

The support doesn’t stop once you’ve earned your qualification. Enrolling in this course entitles you to access our Closed Facebook Group of fellow open water swimming coaches and is an exclusive group only for those who have completed the open water qualification with Keri-anne. It’s a safe space to ask questions, get moral support for coaching, running your open water coaching business and meet other coaches and swimmers in your area. Keri-anne is an active member of the community and regularly contributes to discussions. Straight Line Swimming wants to encourage the growth of this invigorating and challenging sport and support it’s coaches as much as possible. So you know that once you’ve qualified you have a friendly and helpful community to support you in your journey, every step of the way.

Not sure which is the right course for you?

Our approachable team are at hand to help guide you to the best course for your coaching needs