The FISO Coach Education Programme has five key objectives:

  1. To grow and develop the sport globally by making coach education accessible to all National Federations (NF) and their members, thereby providing athletes with the opportunity of working with coaches at a level that suits their needs
  2. Provide a framework for coach education and development for NF’s to develop obstacle sports through athlete and coach development from grassroots to high performance
  3. Provide a coach development system from grassroots to high performance
  4. Provide tools and techniques to increase coach competence and effectiveness through international standards
  5. Provide a mechanism whereby coaches can progress along the coaching pathway.


  • Level 1: Coach Foundation exam or NF prerequisites
  • Level 2: Certified Obstacle Coach
  • Level 3: Obstacle Competition Coach
  • Level 4: Obstacle Specialist Coach


2021 on-line courses are delivered by continental and time zone.

  • March 8-12, Asia: Level 1 on-line
  • March 15-19, Asia: Level 2 on-line (postponed)
  • April 5-9, Asia-Pacific: Level 1 on-line
  • Europe, Western Asia, Africa: Level 1 on-line. Dates to be announced,
  • Americas: Level 1. Dates to be announced.



Courses are for coaches with proficiency teaching and training athletes. We suggest a minimum of 12 months experience as a certificated coach in strength and conditioning, athletics, triathlon, Parkour, Ninja, Adventure Racing, OCR or similar. Alternatively, there is an option to undertake the Coach Foundation exam.


  • Coaching conduct and practice
  • Athlete safeguarding
  • Obstacle safety
  • Obstacle techniques
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • S&C for Obstacle Sports
  • Running skills and technique
  • Circuit training for Obstacle Sports
  • Fuel and energy systems
  • Nutrition for racing and training
  • Metabolic training
  • Aerobic development and endurance
  • Injury evaluation and treatment
  • Mobility and injury prevention
  • Programming for Obstacle Sports individuals & groups
  • Programming presentations
  • Session assessments.

If you wish to access the next level course, you must have at least 100 hours of coaching practice applying the course content at the level you are certificated.

CPD and at least 100 hours of coaching will be required every 2-years to maintain certification.


Faye Stenning
(CAN) BKin, CSCS, FMS #1 World Ranked Spartan Athlete, 2016; 2nd Spartan US Championship Series, 2016; 3rd Spartan World Championships, 2016; Coach at Grit Coaching.

Nikolaj Maegaard Dam
(DEN), BA, MSc Sport Science & Health, University of Southern Denmark Advanced Strength, Conditioning and Sport Psychology (Calif. University Long Beach). European Champion Mixed 2018, #1 Nordic Race Series 2016-2017, 2nd best European OCRWC, Co-owner OCR Training Denmark.

Leon Kofoed Andersen
(DEN) MSc Copenhagen Business School, Mathematics and Economics, BSc Tulane University (USA) Finance OCR European Champion 2018-2019, Co-owner of OCR Training Denmark, Former Ninja Warrior Competitor, Passionate business owner, a teacher at Copenhagen Business School.

Rachel Cosgrove
(USA) BSc Physiology, CSCS (NSCA) Rachel was IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2012. An Ironman triathlete she has been to the World Championships on Team USA for a triathlon. Rachel has also competed in powerlifting and fitness competitions. She has certifications from the International Society of Sports Nutrition, USA Weightlifting, Functional Movement Systems, and Precision Nutrition.

Alwyn Cosgrove
(GBR/USA) BSc Sports Performance, BSc. (hon) Sports Science. Alwyn started in martial arts in 1986 adding fitness classes in 1989 and studied under top international fitness professionals and coaches. Clientele includes top-level athletes, World Champions, and professionals in a multitude of sports. Alwyn has co-authored five books in the “New Rules of Lifting” series and is a frequent contributor to publications such as Men’s Health.


Heather Gollnick
(USA) SGX L2 Spartan Race World Champion Masters Athlete; OCR Masters Athlete of the Year; 5x Ironman Champion; Triathlon Coach; Author of Triathlete EQ.

Jessica O’Connell
(CAN) BS Exercise Physiology, MSc Kinesiology, CSP-CEP 2016 Olympian (5,000 m PB 15:06); 10x Canadian Championship, Canadian indoor 5,000m record holder (2019); All-American in track and field; WVU magna cum laude.

Leah Garcia
(USA) BA, CPT UCI World Mountain Bike Champion (hill climb), North American Mountain Bike Champion; Basque National Champion (Spain); Award-winning TV professional; Celebrity fitness trainer; Author of Weight Training for Women and Cycling for Everyone.

Ian Adamson
(AUS) BEng (hon), MSc Sports Medicine 10x World Champion; Gold, Silver & Bronze X-Games medalist; 6x World Record Holder (endurance kayaking and Ninja); Age Group World Champion in Ninja, Pentathlon Biathle, Pentathlon Triathle, and Spartan Race. US and Australian Canoe Team member; Author of Runners World Guide to Adventure Racing; University lecturer, event and television producer; Global head of coach certification and training Newton Running 2007 – 2014 and Corporate Adventure Training 1998 – 2003.


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