Level 1 Triathlon Coach

The Level 1 Triathlon coach is the entry level  into the British Triathlon Coach Education Programme.


The level 1 qualification will allow a coach to lead and deliver (pre-planned) sessions or plan basic sessions on their own (reviewed by higher level coach) in a range of club environments (without the need to be directly supervised). You will gain the knowledge to adapt sessions to meet the needs of a variety of participants.

It has been specifically designed to provide a supporting and engaging environment for developing the fundamentals of coaching the sport, to equip you with the necessary skills and resources to start coaching.

The course is made up of:

  • Two learning days - usually consecutive days. - for 2020-21 the classroom elements will be replaced by webinars  and the practical elements will take place over a weekend face to face
  • A third day comprising a final practical coaching assessment, personal review and action planning. For 2020-21 we are working with our awarding body to replace this final day with a video assessment
  • Home study - around 10-14 hours over 3-4 weeks (including some pre-course work). Learners with limited triathlon  experience may require some extra reading time (3-5 hours)  

You will be required to complete home study online tasks, plan, deliver and review practical sessions (on course). 

What will I Learn?

The course will focus on developing key coaching skill including:

  • How to communicate effectively.
  • How to engage athletes. 
  • How to give quality meaningful feedback. 

You will also be introduced to the triathlon disciplines (swim, bike, run and transitions) and the basic skills to be coached.  You will also cover athlete safety and welfare, session preparation, evaluation and reflection.
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.

Learning Hub What to Expect

Learner Requirements 

  • Learners must be at least 16 years of age at the commencement of the learning programme.  Learners over 18 once qualified can work independently; those under 18 must have supervision.
  • Be a valid Home Nation member- either core or ultimate membership. This is to provide you with appropriate insurance to cover your coaching practice. The essential membership does not provide this cover and will not allow access to courses.
  • Have access to an internet connected device for the online resource. 
  • You will be registered for the qualification for a period of 12 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 1 , you will be able to:

  • Engage and inspire people to take part in triathlon.
  • Safely organise and deliver triathlon activities for a range of ages and abilities, across a range of environments.
  • Demonstrate generic and triathlon specific coaching skills, good practice in coaching, athlete safety and welfare, equitable and inclusive coaching practice, and working with others.

Course fees

The cost of the course is ¬£350 which includes the 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.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions for our cancellation policy which can be found in the above links and in the booking form.  

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