WOWSA Open Water Coaching Certification Program + Pacific Masters Virtual Clinic


A comprehensive Open Water Swimming Coaches Education Program for pool swimming coaches, triathlete coaches, masters swimming coaches, fitness coaches and endurance sports coaches and multi-sport coaches.

Pacific Masters Clinic

Including Recorded Zoom Sessions

Welcome & Safety – A Swimmer’s First 1k Open Water
Guest Expert: Marcia Benjamin A Swimmer’s First 1k Open Water

Marine Environment & History of the Sport
Guest Expert: Bruckner Chase Swimming the San Francisco Bay

Pyramid of Success & Equipment
Guest Expert: Chad La Tourette Race Tactics in Competitive Open Water

Psychology & Closing Comments
Guest Expert: Antonio Argüelles The Art of Marathon Swimming

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Coaches Education Program and Pacific Masters Virtual Clinic

Course Description

Greetings! We hope everyone is keeping safe, healthy and coping well in these challenging times. As coaches, we lead and we continue to stay strong for our swimmers and lead by example by being disciplined, knowledgeable, organized and empathetic.

Continuing education and staying connected in our community is important. As such, WOWSA has put together a Pacific Masters Clinic to educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore.

We welcome and encourage you to participate in this clinic where you will have the opportunity to learn with some of the best minds in swimming coaching, be updated, connected and certified with the world’s largest swim coaching organization.

What to expect in this course…
The certification program will educate interested individuals on everything from proper swimming techniques to race tactics. Individuals who pass the program will be able to safely coach young children in short introductory open water swims as well as escort marathon swimmers in the English Channel.

An Overview

  • Evolution of Competitive Open Water Swimming
  • Open Water Safety
  • Marine Environment
  • History of the Sport
  • Best Practices
  • Pyramid of Success
  • Equipment
  • Psychology

Certification Levels

  • Level 1 – a score of 75% correct answers on the WOWSA test .
  • Level 2 – a score of 80% and coach 1 athlete who has completed a 5 KM swim in open water.
  • Level 3 – A score of 85% and one athlete who has completed a 10KM Swim in open water.
  • Level 4 – A score of 90% and coaching of one athlete who has completed a 25 KM swim, or competed in a national championship event.
  • Level 5 – A score of 95% and coaching 1 athlete who has competed in the Olympic Games or an international championship event or completed a channel crossing.

Pacific Masters Clinic



Open Water Swimming - Steven Munatones

A Real Educational Program with High Quality Course Material…
This Education Program is based upon Steven Munatones’ book Open Water Swimming.

Program Registration Fee: $150
Register for the Coaches Education Program

A PDF Copy of the Course Textbook is included in the course materials
Open Water Swimming by Steven Munatones

Steven Munatones

Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.

Register for the course and virtual clinic


  1. Enroll in the Coaches Education Program
  2. Review course materials in the materials section
    Open Water Swimming by Steven Munatones
    Open Water Safety Conference Videos
  3. Proceed through the course content and mark each module “complete” as you go
  4. Once you’ve completed the course, you will receive a link to the online exam
  5. Once you’ve completed the exam, you will be prompted to provide verification of the highest achievement one of your swimmers has achieved
  6. WOWSA will review your exam, documentation, and within 3 days, will issue your certification at the appropriate level


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