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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct coaching for beginners in triathlon 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264737  Conduct coaching for beginners in triathlon 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at individuals operating as or envisaging operating as an entry-level coach in support of the coaching of the skills of triathlon to individuals participating at beginners level in the sport. Potential athletes participating at beginner level could include both primary and secondary school children as well as adults. Coaching practices as it relates to this unit standard aims to generate interest and to encourage new entrance and the addressing of broad based triathlon competency in the community.

The qualifying learner will be able to explain the basis components of swimming, cycling and running, showing understanding of the principles of the sporting codes making up triathlon and will be able to demonstrate the skills and techniques required for the coaching of beginners as it may apply to triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Describe the origins and evolution of triathlon as a sport.
  • Explain the basic laws governing the sport of triathlon.
  • Plan and write up lesson plans.
  • Conduct basic triathlon coaching activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.

    It is assumed that learners attempting this unit standard are familiar with the basics of swimming, cycling and running as it applies to triathlon. In addition individuals accessing this standard is assumed to have a current first aid certificate so as to enable the handling of injuries. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Where applicable, range statements have been included under individual specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the origins and evolution of triathlon as a sport. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview of the history of triathlon is provided to show understanding of its evolution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Condensed history of triathlon; the evolvement of the sport and its application from a competitive and recreational context.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sport of triathlon is explained in terms of the principles of triathlon and the sporting codes involved in the sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Local and international practicing of the sport, local and international triathlon sport structures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of the sport is explained in terms of benefits to the individual and the community. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the laws governing the sport of triathlon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview is provided of the laws of triathlon as it applies to the main principles of the sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Etiquette and protocol, correct terminology, laws pertaining to elements of triathlon including swimming, cycling and running as well as transition between the sporting disciplines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The official signals and control requirements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role and duties of the coach are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles of safety are explained as they apply to the sport of triathlon and the laws governing the sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correct clothing, use of equipment, laws of the road as it applies to running and cycling, aquatic safety, importance of correct instruction of techniques, safety precautions.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and write up lesson plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The objectives of triathlon coaching sessions are listed as they apply to coaching individuals or a team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principles of enjoyment is incorporated in the planning of practice sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources are planned in relation to the requirements of the coaching sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The scheduling of activities within the coaching session is listed to ensure time management of the session. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Activities should include warming up and cool down requirements, technical transfer of elements associated with of triathlon as is applicable to the level of participant coached, individual and team objectives.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A basic lesson plan is written to conduct a coaching session as it applies to the level of competency of participants being coached. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct triathlon coaching activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The core skills of triathlon are demonstrated and taught to participants in the sport of triathlon. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Techniques should be applicable to the level of technical skills coached and includes all three the disciplines of triathlon.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conditioning techniques are applied to either correct or confirm techniques associated with the sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conditioning should be implemented as it applies to swimming, running and cycling. Conditioning for technical skills, fitness, endurance and strength should be included. Conditioning is furthermore applied in terms of the correct handling of transitions between the disciplines included in the sport.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate training and coaching methods are used to meet the needs of the athlete being coached. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correct terminology as it applies to swimming, running and cycling, listening skills, communication feedback, teaching styles, instructional styles.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Coaching administration is concluded according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The principles as included coaches code of conduct are maintained in the provision of coaching to participants. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ethics of coaching, professional conduct, fair play in the sport.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A logbook is maintained to record conducted coaching sessions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge, skill and understanding which should be embedded in the process to enable the learner to become competent in all of the Specific Outcomes, based on the appropriate Assessment Criteria, for this unit standard, includes:
  • Sport specific administration and management.
  • Athlete well being (Physical, psychological, social).
  • Rules of the 3 sporting codes of running, cycling and swimming.
  • History of the sport.
  • Ethics.
  • Coaching philosophy.
  • Benefits of the sport.
  • How to organize events.
  • Coaches roles and responsibilities.
  • Safety.
  • Basic Physiology.
  • Basic Anatomy.
  • Basic Nutrition (Energy demands of triathlon).
  • Season and session planning.
  • Race planning.
  • Technical knowledge.
  • Code of conduct.
  • Equipment maintenance.
  • Communication techniques.
  • Health and Safety measures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving:
  • The planning and conducting of coaching sessions requires the addressing of situations associated with the progression of activities and skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work:
  • Teamwork is supported in the working with others and in a team as it relates to the coaching of individuals and a triathlon team. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneslf:
  • Self organisation and management is supported in the planning, conducting and recording of coaching sessions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective communication:
  • Effective communication is supported in the planning and conducting of coaching sessions in the use of written and verbal communication skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Seeing the world as a set of inter-related systems:
  • The practices associated with the sport internationally as well as the impact of the sport on an individual and group basis supports and understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64369   Further Education and Training Certificate: Sport Coaching: Juniors/Beginners  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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