How to Apply
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.
- Be 17 years or older - you can attend a coaching course at 16, but won't be licensed until 17.
- Be a Member of BWSW - renewable every year on 31st March
- Achieve your coaching/operating/instructor qualification
- Attain a Safeguarding & Protecting Children certificate - required only once
- Apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Check - renewable every 3 years
- Attend a First Aid course - renewable every 3 years
- Pay your £48 licence fee - Active for 3 seasons
- Complete the Coach Licence Application Form
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.
- Sesitec System 2.0
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
|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
Contact Waterski & Wakeboard Scotland and ask for an "Enhanced PVG Disclosure" - email@example.com
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.
When working with children and vulnerable adults it is 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 may complete an attendance workshop or complete our BWSW online safeguarding course - please conact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to complete this.