Triathlon England Level Two

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Level 2 Triathlon Coach

The level 2 course has been fully revised for 2016; this includes all new resources, online assessment and more engaging face to face delivery.


The level 2 qualification aimed at people with some experience of coaching (formally or informally) and of triathlon. The knowledge gained from completing this qualification will allow you to develop an understanding of safe, ethical and effective triathlon coaching.

The certificate qualifies you to independently plan, deliver and evaluate triathlon related activities to groups of children and/ or adults in any of the Level 2 coaching environments, including coaching in open water environments.

This course focuses on producing a competent club session coach who can promote the benefits of participating in triathlon, and  develop appropriate skill acquisition through quality coaching of participants from grass roots level upwards.

The course is spread over 5 days over a period of 5-6 months

  • 4 full learning days
  • 1 assessment and personal review day
  • 40-60 hours of home study which includes:

        - Pre course work for each weekend attended  (allow 2-4 hours)  
        - Session planning and delivery of 6-10 coaching sessions in club environment
        - Completion of online tasks 
        - Review of online learning resource

What will I learn?

For the new 2016 course we have moved most of the ‘theory’ to home study modules and the face to face component will focus on practical and scenario based activities.

  • Delivering engaging and effective sessions
  • Understanding and analysing athletes  
  • Planning  progressive  sessions 
  • Coaching safely across a range of environments, including open water 
  • How to work  with range of participant ages, abilities and aspirations 

The course is supported by an online resource, which contains all the information required to complete the course, and develop your own coaching knowledge and skills. 

You will be given access to the the reources around 4 weeks before your course starts,

Pre-requisites and enrolling on a Level 2 course

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a level 1 triathlon coach qualification or complete a direct entry process.
  • Be a member of a British Triathlon home nation. This is to provide coaching insurance cover.
  • Have access to a device for the online resource.
  • You will be registered for the qualification for a period of 24 months from the start of the course.  However, most learners complete in-line with the course duration.

On completion

On successful completion of the Level 2 course, you will be able to:

  • Plan, deliver and review engaging, performance improvement sessions 
  • Evaluate participant performances
  • Create periodised and progressive plans for groups 
  • Safely deliver session across a range of environments including open water
  • Work with others when creating plans and delivering sessions

Course fees

The course fee includes the five day course, online and practical assessment, all coaching resources, educator support and the learner registration fee to 1st4sport.   If you miss any element of the course or assessment you may be required to pay an additional fee.

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Coaching Insurance

Triathlon England strongly recommends that all coaches have appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance for all aspects of their coaching practice. Triathlon England membership offers a very competitive professional indemnity insurance package for coaches, in addition to the legal, insurance and other benefits. When purchasing insurance it is important that you compare the detail of the policies very carefully as they vary greatly in their cover and price.

Professional Indemnity Insurance for Coaching Practice and Attending a Triathlon England coach education course

All learners that attend a British Triathlon recognised coach education course must have an appropriate level of Professional Indemnity Insurance for all aspects of their coaching practice before attending the course. The minimum level required is equivalent to, or greater than, that provided by the Home Nation (full) membership package. If you are already a member of a Home Nation Triathlon Association, then you will hold appropriate insurance cover.

Summary of Triathlon England Professional Indemnity Insurance for Coaches:

  • Definition of a coach – Any person who holds a valid British Triathlon/ 1st4sport triathlon coaching qualification.
  • Scope of cover – The master policy covers legal liability for damages and legal costs arising out of third party loss, injury or damage due to the professional negligence of a triathlon coach.
  • Limit of indemnity – £5 million for all damages to any claimant or all claimants in respect of any one claim or all claims arising from one original cause.
  • Geographical limits – Worldwide excluding USA/Canada.

The above is a summary of the Master Policy held by Towergate plc, copies of which are available from Triathlon England on request. If you require this or more specific advice as to what is covered, please contact the Coach Education Coordinator at Triathlon England on 01509 226161.

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