Why gain a qualification with Better?

GLL is a charitable social enterprise and have a team of leisure training and qualification specialists, providing apprenticeships for our staff teams as well as leisure based qualifications to our local communities. We’ve partnered with the Swimming Teacher Association and Royal Life Saving UK to provide professional courses for those looking to enhance or begin their career within the leisure industry.

What types of leisure courses are available at Better?

adult swimming lessons

Swim Teacher Qualification

Train to be a swimming teacher with Better and learn the fundamental skills you need for a career in Aquatics.

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Lifeguard qualification

Train and get qualified as a lifeguard with Better for a rewarding and challenging career move.

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What are the benefits of gaining a recognised qualification?

Gaining a recognised course qualification has a plethora of benefits for your personal and long term career goals. Taking time to educate and upskill yourself not only expands your knowledge, it also:

  • Increases job opportunities
  • Supports career progression
  • Builds your confidence
  • Develops decision making and leadership skills
  • And more!

What career options can a leisure qualification lead to?

As the UK’s largest leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, we have a range of career options available for everyone in our local communities, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whether your ambitions are in leisure, sport, libraries, events & catering, culture, health & beauty, corporate support or working with children, you’ll be able to find your perfect job with us. We offer professional and award-winning industry training and development programmes, such as Kickstart, Apprenticeships, Trainee Manager Programmes, qualifications and more to enable people to develop a career with us.

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Hear from our qualified swim teacher and lifeguards

I started of as a lifeguard with BETTER over 10 years ago and became interested in teaching while lifeguarding a number of swimming lessons.
This gave me the confidence and understanding along with my previous swimming ability to complete a Swim England level 1 and level 2 qualification back in 2019. My teaching has progressed by taking up the opportunity to teach a variety of lessons and swimmers during my time as a teacher.
My favourite part of my job is supporting the children and adults in achieving their goals within the pool.- Charles, Swim Teacher

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Leisure courses and qualifications FAQs

What are the requirements to apply for a leisure qualification?

Some of our leisure qualifications on offer have certain course prerequisites. You can find these on the swimming teacher and lifeguard qualification pages.

What accredited qualification will I achieve?

Once you have successfully completed any of our available courses, you will receive an industry accredited and internationally recognised qualification and certificate. This will aid your career progression and enable you to continue expanding your professional development.

How do I apply for a swimming teacher or lifeguard qualification with Better?

For available swimming teacher courses, please click here. For lifeguard course, click here.

If I attend a course, is my swimming teacher or lifeguard qualification transferable?

You will be able to apply to any swimming teacher or lifeguard role in any of our Better leisure centres across the UK once you have completed your chosen qualification with us. RLSS lifeguard qualifications and STA qualifications are also widely recognised within the leisure industry.

How much does a swimming teacher course cost?



Length Cost

STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming

5 day course £360

STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming

4 day course £400

STA Level 2 in Baby and Pre School Swimming

4 day course £350


Find out more about Swimming Teacher qualifications here.

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