I gained my coaching award in 2001, is my qualification still valid?
We recognise all qualifications completed either directly through British Triathlon or via our awarding body. The qualifications have changed significantly over time, but the overall concept and remit is roughly the same at each level. If you have any concerns over your qualification and what you can do, please contact the coaching team.
All coaches have access to the latest materials through coaches hub as long as they are members. A range of CPD can increase coaches remit are available
All coaches can access a static cycling module to deliver indoor group cycling ( sept 2016)
Level 1 coaches pre 2016 can now upgrade to the new qualificatiion. ( from late 2016)
Level 2 coaches pre 2011 can access an open water course to have open water swimming remit
I attended my level 2 course a number of years ago but haven't complete it, can I finish it now?
You have 2 years to complete the qualifcation. We can give some candidates the ability to complete after this date, but there will be charges. Please contact the coaching team for more information.
When do the British Triathlon Coach Education courses run?
The Coach Education course programme runs generally from September to June. The new programme of courses is usually announced in July/August each year.
Who can attend the British Triathlon Coach Education courses?
The courses are open to anyone who is interested in becoming a triathlon coach, from interested parents, teachers and past or present triathletes through to the sports science graduate who wants to know more about coaching practice. The minimum age of entry at Level 1 is 16 years of age, and entry at Level 2 is 18.
I live/work outside the UK, can I still attend a coach education course?
Anyone can attend but any overseas students or any person who intends to coach or reside outside the UK should note the following:
- Does your home country have its own coach education system? British Triathlon qualifications are designed to meet the requirements of coaching in the UK.
- Will our qualification be recognised in your home country? (either by the National Governing Body or wider regulatory requirements)
- Can you gain suitable insurance ? (Home Nation member insurance is for UK residents)
- The course is conducted in English, all candidates must have a good standard of spoken and written English.
- You will need to attend all days - can you guarantee that you be able to make all dates and consider the additional costs of doing so (travel/accomadation etc.)?
Do I need a DBS check (formerly CRB)?
Full details of the Disclosure and Barring Services check can be found in the coaches hub and all new coaches have to complete a simple questionaire to identify if a formal check is required. Forms will be sent automatically one the basis of the responces
I still have a question relating to coaching, who can I contact?
Email: email@example.com or Phone: 01509 226 161 to contact Elly Knight, Coaching Administrator.
How do I find an event?
Click here to go to the Find an Event section of our website.
This will enable you to search our listing of over 1100 events by event type, date, region or postcode to find the event that suits you.
If you can't find the event you are looking for, it is likely that the event is not permitted. Only events permitted by the Home Nation Associations are listed on this website.
How do I enter an event?
If you find an event within the British Triathlon events calendar the contact details for that event will be listed. To enter the event you must contact the organiser directly, in many cases they will have a website with all entry details listed for you. It is common for events to have online entry systems, making it quick and easy to enter an event. Some events use British Triathlon's online entry system and can be entered directly from the event page.
I'm new to triathlon, where should I start?
If you’re a complete beginner to the sport we recommend that you choose a novice event or GO TRI for your first time. These are typically made up of a 200m - 400m pool swim, followed by a 10km bike and finished with a 3km run. If you have never swum in open water it is advisable to take part in swimming pool events first before you attempt an open water swim.
Your Regional Development Manager will be able to give you advice on the most suitable event for your first triathlon, along with advice on local clubs and training.