Swimming teacher

Alternative titles for this job include Swimming coach

Swimming teachers help people learn to swim, improve their swimming skills and how to exercise in water.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

How to become a swimming teacher

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • training with a professional body

Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate apprenticeship in coaching swimming.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Other routes

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.

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Further information

You can find out more about teaching swimming from Swim England and the Swimming Teachers' Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • teaching or coaching one-to-one or in groups
  • planning and delivering sessions
  • demonstrating swimming techniques, correcting faults and identifying ways to improve performance
  • making sure safety standards are followed
  • checking life-saving equipment is in working order
  • organising and supervising assistants and helpers
  • offering basic first aid

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a school.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and hot.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience you could become a swim co-ordinator or lead swimming teacher, checking the quality of swimming teachers.

With experience you could become the head coach of a sports club or senior coach with a regional or national team.

With experience and qualifications you may be able to move into sports development or youth work.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Aspiring Swimming Professional - Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: RM16 2JU

Courses In England

"Sports Coaching Foundation Degree - Level 5 - UOCHESTR"

  • Provider: Cheshire College South & West
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Ellesmere Port

HE BSC HONS IN SPORTS COACHING (PERFORMANCE AND PARTICIPATION) FT

  • Provider: Chesterfield College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

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