How to Apply

Coaching Certificate

No matter if you are applying to be a licensed instructor, coach or cable operator, the application process is the same. Simply follow the steps below and click on the red text for more information.

  1. Be 17 years or older  - you can attend a coaching course at 16, but won't be licensed until 17. 
  2. Be a Member of BWSW - renewable every year on 31st March
  3. Achieve your coaching/operating/instructor qualification 
  4. Attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop - required only once 
  5. Apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Check - renewable every 3 years
  6. Attend a First Aid course  - renewable every 3 years
  7. Pay your £48 licence fee - Active for 3 seasons 
  8. Complete the Coach Licence Application Form 

Once you have completed the licensing process, a new membership card will be sent to you with the qualifications you are licensed for listed on the card. The license will last for three seasons. During this time it will be your responsibility to keep your BWSW Membership, First Aid and Enhanced Disclosure active.   

Get Qualified 

Coaching (New Pathway)

You can be licensed as a coach with any one of our coaching qualifications (Levels 1-3). We do however reccomend those working within a commercial setting should aim to achieve the UKCC Level 2. All our qualifications can be found here - www.bwsw.org.uk/coaching - All newly qualified coaches, as long as they meet the eligability criteria, will be licensed automatically.  

Cable Operating

To be a licensed Main-Line Operator, all candidates must achieve the BWSW Main-Line Operator qualification. If you have achieved this in the past, simply tick the relevant box on the application form and detail what year you completed. We will search for your qualification on our system (no need to send us your certificate).

To be a licensed Straight-Line Operator, you will need to send your qualification into the office (by post) for us to verify. BWSW has approved the following manufacturers and their cable operating qualifications:

  • Sesitec System 2.0 
  • Rydium 
  • Wakestation 
Instructing (Old Pathway)

If you hold an instructor qualification that pre-dates 2011 (WB Instructor, Club Coach etc.), you can still apply for a coach licence. Simply tick the relevant boxes on the application form and detail what year you completed the qualification(s). We will search for your qualification on our system (no need to send us your certificate). 

Foreign Qualifications

If you hold a qualification from another country, you can still be licensed as a BWSW Coach. Simply send a copy of your certificate and the course programme (translated to English) to licensing@bwsf.co.uk. We will then assess the suitability of the qualification. If accepted, you can then complete the other steps as normal. 

Note, BWSW will only accept qualifications that are recognised from IWWF Affiliated Federations. In countries where no formal qualifications are provided, applicants should enrol onto a BWSW coaching/operating course - see here. 

Enhanced Disclosure Check 

Disclosure Tick Every coach/instructor/operator must complete an Enhanced Disclosure Check to ensure that those who have regular contact with children and vulnerable adults do not have a known history of harmful behaviour. To complete a disclosure check please follow the procedure from the country you live: 
England / Wales

Please complete the following form - click here 

Scotland 

Contact Waterski & Wakeboard Scotland and ask for an "Enhanced PVG Disclosure" - bookings@waterskiscotland.co.uk 

Northern Ireland 
Overseas

Go to your local police stiation and ask for a "Criminal Record Check for General Use".  

Disclosure checks are active for 3 years from the date of issue. To remain licensed you will need to renew before the end of the 3 years. 

 

Safeguarding & Protecting Children

Safeguarding, Child Protection

When working with children and vulnerable adults is it important to receive some training in order to safeguard yourself and the people you are coaching/operating for.

Note, while it is considered good practice to refresh, we only require you to have completed this once.  

Cable Operators

Cable operators may complete an attendance workshop or complete the following online course - NSPCC online course

Coaches

When operating within the UK* all coaches must complete an attendance workshop. Although any workshop will be accepted, we reccomend the Sports Coach UK (SCUK) workshop. These workshops can be found in the following home nation webpages:  

*Overseas candidates may complete the NSPCC online course 

First Aid

first aid

The minimum standard for coaches / instructors / operators is a basic attendance 1/2 day introductory to first aid course. As a minimum, the course should include how to deal with: 

  • An unconscious casualty and the recovery position
  • Not breathing & cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 
  • Bleeding (minor and severe)

First aid certificates are active for 3 years from the date of issue. To remain licensed you will need to renew before the end of the 3 years. 

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