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Becoming a Teacher or Coach

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Do you enjoy teaching your kids to swim? Or maybe you would just like to try something new and have aspirations for a future career change?

In either case becoming a swimming teacher or coach can be very rewarding, and you’re in the right place to find out more.

Learn everything you need to know about how to begin a career in teaching and coaching - the different levels and how to get started.

Teaching and coaching is a very rewarding career – for many young people you will be one of their main inspirations and you will play a big part in empowering them to fulfil their potential. Passion, professionalism and enthusiasm are all qualities you will need as well as real self belief and personal drive in order to be successful.

If you think you fit the bill, then the first step is to choose your discipline.  Qualifications include Teaching Aquatics, Aqua Fit and Disabilities plus Coaching Diving, Coaching Swimming, Coaching Synchronised Swimming and Coaching Water Polo.   Qualifications have been developed by the ASA to meet UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) standards and currently range from Levels 1-3.

Level 1

The first qualification you require for any discipline is the ASA Level 1 Certificate.  If successful at Level 1 you can then proceed to Level 2.  Both these levels focus on ‘how to teach/ coach’ and ‘what to teach/coach’.  The holder of an ASA Level 1 Certificate is qualified to teach/coach in a support role only. You will be able to actively support a more senior qualified or licensed teacher/coach at any level, in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.

Qualification: ASA UKCC Level 1 Award (QCF)
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 8 (32)
Entry Requirements: 15 years +
(must be 16 years of age upon course completion)
Qualification Discipline Structure: Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Swimming
Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Diving
Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Water Polo
Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Synchronised Swimming
Click here to see the specifications for Teaching Aquatics

To find a Level 1 course near you click here.

 

Level 2

To work on your own without supervision (other than lifeguarding cover) you will be required to hold an ASA Level 2 Certificate.  The holder of the ASA Level 2 Certificate will provide and equip you, with the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate teacher/coaching sessions.

Qualification: ASA UKCC Level 2 Certificate (QCF)
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 17 (60)
Entry age: 17 years +
(must be 17 years of age before or on the course commencement date)
Entry Requirements:

Learners must be holders of either:

  • ASA UKCC L1 Award in a specific discipline (QCF) - January 2011 onwards
  • ASA UKCC L1 Certificate in a specific discipline- 2006-2010
  • L1 Certificate for Teaching Swimming post 2002 plus ASA UKCC L1 Award units 105-107 or L1 Unit 2  in a specific discipline
  • ASA Assistant Teacher Certificate (in a specific discipline) post Sept 1994
  • OR
  • Gained exemption prior to enrolment on the learning programme from the ASA

It is recommended that learners hold a valid CRB certificate

Qualification Discipline Structure: Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Swimming
Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Diving
Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Water Polo
Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Synchronised Swimming
Click here to see the specifications for Teaching Aquatics

To find a Level 2 course near you click here.

Level 3 and beyond

If you are interested in the coaching programme in a competitive environment, the ASA Level 3 Certificate is the route to becoming a senior coach.  It will enable you to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes to really get the most out of your athletes.  You will be able to manage and lead appropriate physical and human resources to support all areas of the club programme.

Qualification: ASA UKCC Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Swimming
Entry age: 18 years +
(must be 18 years of age before or on the course commencement date)
Entry Requirements: Learners must be holders of either:

  • ASA UKCC L2 Award in a Coaching Swimming.
  • ASA L2 Certificate in a Coaching Swimming
  • L2 Certificate for Teaching Swimming (units 1-4) plus CV containing coaching experience and references
  • ASA Assistant Teacher Certificate (Specific Discipline) prior to Sept 1994  plus CV containing coaching experience and references
  • Link to a Swim 21 Club
OR
Gained exemption prior to enrolment on the learning programme from the ASA
It is recommended that learners hold a valid CRB certificate
Qualification Discipline Structure: Click here to see the specifications for Coaching Swimming

To find a Level 3 course near youclick here.

 

How To Get Started

If we have successfully whetted your appetite and you would like to start the process of gaining an ASA teacher/coach qualification, check out the specifications to read more about the contents of each, or go straight to 'Find a qualification' to locate a qualification taking place near you.
Click on the links below to find the right information for the stage you are at:

•    Become part of the world class coaching framework
•    Find a qualification running in your area - online searchable database
•    Click here to see a full list of our qualifications.

• If you already hold a qualification in teacher/coach swimming and would like to know more about obtaining further qualifications in this field please click here to view the next step matrix.