Women’s Artistic – Level 2

Course Details
Coaching Skills

Course Description 
Attaining a Women’s Artistic Level 2 certification will enable you to serve as a coach in this particular discipline. This certification will allow you to work independently and assist athletes in developing their skills. Upon achieving Level 2 coach certification, you will gain the ability to independently conduct your own sessions, supervise Level 1 coaches, and, should you desire, establish your own club.

Our Women’s Artistic Level 2 course is a two-day in-person program. Throughout the course, participants undergo ongoing assessment, with a final exam. In certain cases, attendees may be required to submit videos as a component of their assessment.

Course Attendees Must:

  • Be at least 16 years old (please note you must be 18 before you are allowed to run a class on your own to be covered under the insurance included with your IGA membership).
  • Hold an IGA Level 1 in either Women’s Artistic or Gymnastics for All or alternative prior learning from other courses providers. (This must have been uploaded to your membership profile)
  • Hold either Club Coach or Freelance Coach membership


  • 201 Planning and maintain a safe environment
  • 202 Risk assessing
  • 203 Session planning
  • 204 Maintaining safety records
  • 205 Coaching skills
  • 206 Progressive practice and readiness to progress
  • 207 Biomechanics
  • 208 Child protection

Floor Skills:

  • Static elements and advanced levers: 
    • russian lever;
    • top planche.
    • Development of sideways/forwards splits and japana;
    • japana through side splits to front prone lying
  • Handstands: 
    • Straddle lift to handstand;
    • backwards roll to front support;
    • backwards roll to handstand with straight arms
  • Dynamic movements: 
    • Flighted forwards roll,
    • headspring, handspring;
    • flyspring and combinations of these skills,
      • free cartwheel – free walkover,
      • flic,
      • round off,
      • running forwards somersault tucked,
      • round off flic,
      • backwards somersault tucked
  • Physical Preparation: As a pre-requisite to the elements listed above

Vault Skills:

  • Run up and take off, landing drills
  • ¾ somersault to back onto a safe landing
  • Handspring to back lie and handspring vault
  • Jumps and landings from platforms of varying height, taking due care and attention of the age and stage of development of the participants. Jumps to include previously learned body shapes moving forwards and backwards

Bars Skills:

  • Low bar skills: Clear hip circle backwards; clear hip circle to float; short and float upstarts; upstart to handstand; cast to handstand in undergrasp and overgrasp; stoop and straddle sole circle
  • High bar skills: Various types of handgrip; body shaping (arch to dish); traversing along the bar; cast from hang into basic swing (trolley swing); correct dismounting technique; recovery skills
  • Transitions: Squat on low bar jump to hang/swing on high bar
  • Polished bar skills: Shaped swings with amplitude towards the vertical and supported swings passing over the bar in gloves and loops; forwards and backwards giants in gloves and loops
  • Dismounts: Undershoot from front support; undershoot from straddle/stoop on

Beam Skills:

Adaptations for hands, feet and transferring skills from floor to beam:

  • Walk runs and pivots
  • Changing level: from sit to stand, astride sit, swing to squat on
  • Handstand on beam – cross and side positions
  • Basic skills on beam, cartwheel, forwards and backwards walkovers, lunge shape for landing
  • ¾ turn to backwards somersault dismount

Dance and choreography:

  • Head, foot and arm positions, and good posture in classical dance
  • Ballet barre elements including: demi plie, full plie, battement tendu and grande battlement
  • Dance elements including: chasse, split leaps and pirouettes/turns

Jumps and leaps for beam and floor skills:

  • Split leap
  • Stretched jump with turn leading to 2/1 turn
  • Split, stag, tuck, 1/1 straddle and W jumps
  • Straddle jump with 1/1 turn
  • Sissone
  • Up to 1/1 spins
  • Arabesque
  • Using lines to aid dance and basic element training
  • Using beam to develop balance
  • Correct body alignment


The safe use of the rebound situation as an aid to teaching gymnastics elements listed in the syllabus. The level 2 coach must demonstrate proficiency in the following topics:

  • Safety: in the erection, use, dismantling and storing of rebound equipment including the trampette and trampoline. Safety in the use of elastic rebound equipment, including fast track, air track, trampette and trampoline as an aid to teaching gymnastics skills within the syllabus
  • Trampoline: introduction to correct techniques for front drop; seat drop; back drop; jumps with half and full turn and combinations of these skills as core elements for the teaching of gymnastic elements