Start your swimming teacher course

Becoming a swimming teacher can be a rewarding yet challenging role. The swimming teacher qualification will help unlock your potential to deliver fun and safe swimming lessons, allowing children to develop water confidence and most importantly an invaluable life skill. We are also proud to run the country’s largest swim school programme, so there’s great opportunities for career progression with a range of vacancies available across our leisure centres.

What types of swimming teacher qualifications do Better provide?

STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming

This is your first step to becoming a qualified swimming teacher. The course will teach you how to deliver safe, progressive, engaging and active lessons to children from non-swimmers through to improver ability. You will learn about the essential swimming skills and how these help a child to develop the basic techniques for all four swimming strokes. The course will introduce you to the principles of effective teaching, looking at health and safety, safeguarding, communication, motivation and feedback, as well as how to plan and evaluate your teaching skills. During the course you will teach a range of ability groups from non-swimmers to improvers, teaching between 4 to 8 pupils in and out of the water.

Course requirements

  • You must be 16 years of age or older
  • You must hold current membership of STA . Please note that we require your STA membership number 5 days before the commencement of your course so that we can ensure you are registered on the course correctly

STA Baby and Pre School Swimming Award

This qualification is for individuals, who wish to work with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their accompanying adults. No prior experience of working with children or teaching swimming lessons is required. The course will teach you how to deliver safe, progressive, and engaging baby and pre-school lessons, with an emphasis on a child focused approach.  During the course you will deliver lessons in our SWIMBiES programme, working with babies from 3 months old through to 4 years old. You will learn about the essential baby swimming skills, the core holds, child development, cues and reflexes to enable you to understand how to deliver progressive and suitable lessons that meet the needs of the parent and child.

The course will introduce you to the principles of effective baby and pre-school teaching skills, looking at health and safety, communication, organisational methods, motivation and feedback, as well as how to plan and evaluate your teaching skills. You will learn a range of activities, songs and progressions throughout the course.

Course requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must hold current membership of STA . Please note that we require your STA membership number 5 days before the commencement of your course so that we can ensure you are registered on the course correctly
  • Hold the Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults online learning certificate or acceptable equivalent

STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming

This qualification is your next step to becoming a fully qualified swimming teacher. The course will develop your existing teaching skills and knowledge focusing on how to deliver safe, progressive, engaging and active lessons to advanced swimmers. You will learn about the advanced swimming skills, as well as developing your knowledge of the four competitive swimming strokes. You will also learn about delivering School Swimming lessons, with the opportunity to have practical experience during the course. Teaching adult swimmers will also be covered, ensuring that you understand the key differences between teaching children.

The course will focus on ensuring you can deliver effective lessons to large groups, displaying the ability to plan for a range of abilities, differentiating and adapting to the needs of your pupils. Successfully passing the qualification will enable you to deliver lessons from non-swimmers through to advanced swimmers, for both children and adults.

Course requirements

  • You must be 16 years of age or older
  • You must hold current membership of STA . Please note that we require your STA membership number 5 days before the commencement of your course so that we can ensure you are registered on the course correctly.
  • Hold the STA Award in Teaching Swimming or acceptable equivalent (please note the ASA Level 1 Award in Aquatic Teaching is not an acceptable pre-requisite)

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What to expect from a swim teacher course

You’ll be supported from day one by our team of aquatics experts who will teach you everything you need to know to become a qualified swim teacher. You’ll increase your knowledge of practices, learn progression techniques, teaching points to structure classes, and how to apply it all in the most effective way within swim lessons. You’ll then be assessed through the completion of worksheets, schemes of work, lesson plans, lesson evaluation forms, and practical teaching assessments.

HEAR FROM OUR QUALIFIED SWIM TEACHERS

Great experience. A very complex course delivered professionally by the tutor which emphasized on new team teaching module. I learnt how to deliver safe swimming lessons and help children develop their swimming ability and aquatic skills. The course allowed me to feel more comfortable teaching and gave me experience to help my centre team whenever needed. It’s definitely a good starting point for someone looking for a potential career in leisure. - Sam

swim teacher
Swim teacher

The course was a great experience. I was on the course with a few colleagues I already knew, everyone else in the group were superb. Everything was all new to me so it was good to find our more about what a swim teacher does. What I did find interesting is how fun you can make the sessions by using a range of equipment. I’m a currently a Fitness Coach so having an aquatic qualification I feel has allowed me to stand out from other PT’s and coaches by being experience in other areas of the sports/fitness industry.  I’d say definitely do it, it’ll open doors you wouldn’t think were possible. Plus teaching kids how to swim is a great feeling, especially when you make it fun for them to learn. -Daryl

Swim teacher qualification FAQ’s

How do I get in contact with someone to find out more about a course?

If you'd like to know more about the swimming teacher courses on offer, please email us or call 02037001922 for more information. 

Can you teach swimming without a qualification?

Previous experience or formal qualifications are not required to kick start your career in swim teaching. To be able to become a swimming teacher in one of our leisure centres, you will need to gain an accreditation in one of the STA swim teaching qualifications available.

What do I need to bring with me on the swim teacher course?

  • Appropriate teaching attire. Shorts, t-shirt and suitable poolside footwear (no flip-flops)
  • Swimming kit and towel. You may wish to bring two sets as you will be in and out of the water
  • Your photo ID
  • Pen and paper for taking notes throughout the classroom sessions
  • Water bottle and lunch

How much does a swimming teacher course cost?

Course

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 Award in Baby and Pre School Swimming

4 day course £350

How to do I book onto a swim teacher course?

To apply for a swimming teacher course with us, simply select ‘Book’ on the course of your interest in the table above.

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