1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Wakeboarding

In partnership with:

British Water Ski & Wakeboard Logo

Endorsed by:

UKCC logo


“We’ve delivered 1st4sport qualifications for a number of years. The staff are helpful and friendly, and the quality of the qualification package and support they provide means I have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Barry Dawson, Programme Leader, Level 2/3 Sport, Darlington College

Shop for coaching books and resources at 1st4sport.com.

Qualification Number 600/7767/0
Guided Learning Hours 140
Total Qualification Time 258
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/7767/0
Entry Age 18
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/03/2013
Qualification Review Date 30/06/2021
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

Developed in partnership with British Water Ski & Wakeboard (BWSW), the governing body of sport for water skiing and wakeboarding, the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Wakeboarding provides learners aged 18 years and over with an introduction to the principles and practice of safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of wakeboarding programmes to adults and young people in an appropriate environment**. Holders of this Certificate will be able to seek employment coaching wakeboarding.

*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

**Please see the British Water Ski & Wakeboard Coaching Handbook for further guidance regarding the requirements of appropriate environments for a coach at this level.

Prior to registration, learners are required to:

  • be aged 18 years or over.
  • hold a 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Water Skiing/Wakeboarding or have previously competed internationally for GBR as recognised by BWSW
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

1 Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.

The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Wakeboarding comprises 11 units of assessment, of which four are generic knowledge-specific units (301–304) and seven wakeboarding coaching-specific units (305–311). Learners will be required to show they can plan and deliver coaching programmes that meet the requirements of the Level 3 Technical Syllabus for Wakeboarding. Learners who already hold the four generic units may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), at the discretion of their recognised centre/assessor. To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Wakeboarding, learners must successfully complete/have credit for all 11 mandatory units.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Unit Reference Number Level GLHs Credit
301 Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice M/601/2108 2 13 2
302 Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Programmes T/601/3535 3 18 3
303 Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Programmes A/601/3536 3 18 3
304 Understanding How to Support Participants’ Lifestyle through Coaching Programmes F/601/3537 3 18 3
305 Analyse Participants’ Performance and Set Programme Goals in Wakeboarding L/504/5803 3 5 2
306 Plan Coaching Programmes in Wakeboarding R/504/5804 3 8 2
307 Manage Safe and Effective Wakeboarding Coaching Programmes A/504/5778 3 12 2
308 Deliver Wakeboarding Coaching Programmes J/504/5783 3 15 2
309 Develop Participants’ Performance in Wakeboarding H/504/5788 3 22 3
310 Monitor and Evaluate Wakeboarding Coaching Programmes D/504/5806 3 6 2
311 Develop Coaching Practice in Wakeboarding K/504/5808 3 5 2

Unlike many other awarding organisations, which just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive Learner Packs, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your learners
  • online qualification administration, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Wakeboarding Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance to Assessment
  • internal assessment tools.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Wakeboarding Learner Pack
  • internal assessment tools.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

If you would like to offer this qualification, please contact [email protected]

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.