Do you want to become involved in coaching triathlon? You've come to the right place!
Why become involved?
- Spread the fun spirit and healthy lifestyle associated with triathlon
- Promote inclusion and participation for all athletes
- Help athletes successfully reach their goals
- Personal growth and professional development
- Help grow the wonderful sport of triathlon in Alberta
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Saskatchewan Triathlon and Triathlon BC for the delivery of some of our coaching clinics!
Adult Community Coaching Course - Waiting list for Alberta
Youth Community Coaching Course - Waiting list
Intro to Competition - Waiting list
Competition Development - More information
Adult Community Coaching Course
A two-day course tailored for adult triathletes and coaches of age group athletes.
The three primary areas covered in the weekend include:
a) safety, ethics, and liability
b) technical introduction to all four sports (including transition)
c) program planning
This weekend experience provides an excellent springboard for both athletes and coaches to gain information, discuss principles of triathlon training for adults, and network with other participants in the sport. The information is presented in an organized, visual manual with applied exercises that provide opportunities for both learning and applying concepts of training and racing.
This course is geared towards coaches working or wishing to work in recreational or novice level competitive coaching or with adults or youth in programs that last only a few weeks (ie. Club leaders, school programs, Parks and Rec, etc.).
Below is a brief list of some key focus areas of the course:
• ethical issues that arise with adult populations (group and individual)
• safety scenarios including how to prepare for training and racing in both hot and cold climates
• holistic coaching
• technical foundations in swimming, cycling, running, and transitions
• common drills used to train technical areas in swimming, cycling, and running
• instructional strategies to apply when teaching and learning skills
• principles of training applied to triathlon
• introduction to principles of planning
Completion of this course will result in the participant receiving a TRAINED status as a Community Adult Coach in the NCCP system. Coaches wishing to go on to receive full NCCP Triathlon coaching certification must take Community as the first course in a series of three. The other two are Intro to Competition and Competition Development.
Youth Community Coaching Course
A two day course (6-8 hour classroom activities, 4 hours hands-on coaching) tailored for coaches of young triathletes or those interested in someday coaching youth in the sport of triathlon.
The main themes in the youth course are “FUN, FORM, and FITNESS”, variation (not perfect practice but variable practice makes perfect in the future!!), and Physical Literacy / Growth considerations as fundamental guides to programming at younger ages (pre-pubescent).
This weekend experience provides an excellent springboard for both athletes and coaches to gain information discuss principles of triathlon training for youth, and network with other participants in the sport. The information is presented in an organized, visual manual with applied exercises that provide opportunities for both learning and applying concepts of training and racing. The course concludes with a chance for coaches-in-training to gain hands-on experience and learn a variety of great activities by helping to coach youth in a 4 hour triathlon clinic.
Below is a brief list of some key focus areas of the course:
- FUN - Introductions, KOS philosophy / rules, and Why People Participate in Sport
- FORM – the 3 C’s (core, coordination, components) and Swim, Bike, Run, Transitions technique, Physical Literacy
- LTAD – Long Term Athlete Development (includes growth / development)
- MED – Making Ethical Decisions
- Practice Planning (for Sunday)
- FITNESS – planning, skill development, “long term” planning
- Activity / Coaching session – Fun, Form, Fitness applied (outdoor and pool session with kids)
- Bridging the Gap (KOS to Junior progression; Sampling to Specializing in LTAD lingo)
*The course follows a “learn by doing” model. We will reference the manuals and use them for some small activities, but the majority of the weekend will involve activities that demonstrate the info contained in your books. The manuals are designed as reference guides to take with you and refer to in future.
Completion of this course will result in the participant receiving a TRAINED status as a Community Youth Coach in the NCCP system. Coaches wishing to go on to receive full NCCP Triathlon coaching certification must take Community as the first course in a series of three.
Please note: Completing the NCCP Adult or Youth Community Triathlon Coaching course means you are a TRAINED Triathlon Coach. If you are working with youth, it is also strongly recommended that you get a criminal record check for vulnerable sectors.
Introduction to Competition Coach
Coaches in the Competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, and higher level competitions. There are no prerequisites to take any of the courses below.
In order to become a CERTIFIED Competition Introduction Triathlon Coach, you need to take the NCCP Multi-sport modules offered by Alberta Sport Connection.
You can take an individual module within a bundled format at any time.
Each of the following modules are offered in a stand-alone or bundled format:
- Make Ethical Decisions
- Planning A Practice
- Basic Mental Skills
- Teaching & Learning
- Design A Sport Program
You can register for these modules by visiting the CAC Locker
We encourage coaches to pursue their continuing education in triathlon through content offered by our provincial sports partners:
Swimming Training Modules
Cycling Training Modules
Athletics Training Modules
For more information, please contact the ATA office at 780-427-8616