Coach Licensing

Benefits for Parents and Participants 

Parents - Coach Licence

Checked and Trained  

The coach licence confirms the currency of a coach as being current, active and committed to good coaching practice. All BWSW licensed coaches have met thorough eligibility criteria that give you the piece of mind that you/your child is in safe hands. All licensed coaches, as well as being qualified for the role, have completed the following: 

Check licence

Verify a Coach /Operator  Licence   

All licensed coaches/operators are issued with a card proving their status as licensed by BWSW. This can be way for participants and parents to check when someone is licensed and when they are not.

The card is issued at the start of each season with what role they are licensed for. For example:

-    UKCC L2 WS/WB Coach

-    Ski Boat Driver Level 2

-    Cable Operator 

Licences can also be verified by the coach/operator/club logging onto our online portal.  


Industry Standards 

Using trained and licensed staff defines industry standards and what is good practice for commercial water ski and wakeboard centres. Therefore, if the site has licensed coaches and cable operators, it is likely that the club is concerned about meeting other industry standards as well (Heath and safety, insurance, facility standards, operating standards and procedures, safeguarding and equality etc.).

See here for a short clip on site Accreditation. 

Cutting Edge / On the Edge 

cutting edge kids

Licenced Coaches are able to deliver our very popular Cutting Edge and On the Edge programmes. The Cutting Edge programme (youth particpation programme) in particular is extremely popular with the children because it follows a simple step-by-step progression, they can compete against other kids at a similar level, there are prizes to be won and there is an annual Cutting Edge (particpation focused) competition. There is a similar programme for Adults (On the Edge) whereby you can follow a simple progression pathway which prepare you for some gassroots level competitions.  

Improved Coaching

Research indicates that participants perceive the quality of coaching tends to be higher for licensed coaches than non-licensed (Sports Coach UK, 2014). This maybe because coaches who are licensed are more active learners, committed to good practice and are more likely to access further CPD (Sports Coach UK, 2014). Indeed, BWSW Licensed Coaches have far more access to further resources (video tutorials etc.) and training incuding the BWSW Coaching Conference.   


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