Welcome, it is great that you are interested in the new coaching qualifications and this is the starting point of your journey.
In early 2020 British Skydiving created a working group to develop a new structure of Coach qualifications. The first qualification to be launch is – The Foundation Skills Coach. This qualification will initially be in Formation Skydiving, Freefly, Wingsuiting, Tracking and Canopy Formation. Other disciplines will be added after the trial period.
There is a large amount of new terminology being introduced. One of the key elements for these qualifications is for them to be recognised outside our sport, therefore it is important we adopt terminology common across all sports. This will be a big change and will be challenging during the transition, but full support will be available.
Why Introduce a New Coach Qualifications?
While there are some skilled coaches in British Skydiving, the inhouse rating means the quality and qualification process can be inconsistent. Currently, we only have a single level of coach rating. It has become clear that in order to recognise the range of highly skilled coaches multiple levels of coach ratings are required. This would also help members to understand the depth of knowledge an individual coach has, and also allow the highly experienced coaches to differentiate themselves.
We have developed a new qualification – Foundation Coach, which is accredited by Ofqual, and externally quality assured by 1st4Sport. This will raise the standard of the coaching skills and knowledge available, create a journey for coaches to develop their knowledge and skills by working their way through the levels. The core aim is to create better coaches, with better quality coaching, giving you the members better skills, which ultimately means more fun.
Foundation Coach Manual
This will guide you through all the coaching specific content provided by UKCoaching and the skydiving specific knowledge you will need before embarking on your Training Provider course. You will need a UKCoaching subscription code to access all the content.
Your 1st years subscription will be provided for free by British Skydiving (further subscriptions will cost £14 annually)
We have also introduced a new and more rigorous CPD process, which everyone will need to fulfil annually, to be able to renew their qualification.
We want this qualification to help create the best coaches, not just in skydiving but across all sports.
You can read the new Foundation Coach Manual below, or download it here