How to become a swimming teacher
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- training with a professional body
You can complete a leisure team member intermediate apprenticeship.
As part of this apprenticeship you will be able to gain one of the following qualifications:
- Swim England Level 2 in Teaching Swimming
- Swimming Teacher Association (STA) Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can qualify as a swimming teacher by doing Level 1 and Level 2 teaching qualifications awarded by Swim England or the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA).
These qualifications will allow you to teach non-swimmers, improvers and people looking to learn advanced swimming skills.
You may be able to train on the job and become qualified while you work. This would depend on your employer.
Courses are generally delivered flexibly so you can fit them around other commitments you may have.
You can find out more about teaching swimming from Swim England and the Swimming Teachers' Association.