How to become an ASA Tutor/Assessor

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The ASA offers a range of vocational qualifications and courses across a range of aquatic disciplines.

These qualifications are planned, delivered and, where applicable, assessed by a trained and licensed educator workforce.

There are two educator classifications.

  1. An ASA tutor/assessor
  2. An ASA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presenter

Further details regarding each route can be found below.

1. The ASA Tutor Training Programme

The ASA Tutor Training Programme ensures the delivery and assessment of ASA qualifications is done at the highest standard.

Applications for the 2017 Tutor Training Programme are now closed.

The programme is designed to an individual’s needs. It provides extensive training, development, and support to help you become an ASA tutor/assessor.

Trainees recruited to the programme vary each year and is driven by a range of factors, such as gaps in tutor coverage for the eight ASA regions, or the tutor requirements of the ASA Awarding Body Approved Centres.

The programme has five stages:

  1. Recruitment and selection
  2. Induction
  3. Six days of training on various dates
  4. Research tasks
  5. Course attachment and delivery

It is important that you are aware of the commitment required to the course at the time of applying. All parts of the programme must be attended and completed.

Entry Requirements

You will need a high level of technical knowledge in an aquatic discipline or disciplines, such as teaching swimming. You will also need to be:

  • Passionate about aquatics, with the desire to put something back into your sport
  • Experienced in mentoring or supporting other teachers and coaches
  • Well respected in your discipline
  • Experienced in delivering training or development sessions to adults
  • Innovative in your approach to education and training

There are a range of essential criteria applicants must meet, which are outlined in the Tutor Person Specification.

  • Click here to download the ASA Tutor Person Specification

Previous trainees to become an ASA tutor or assessor include Swim School Co-ordinators, experienced senior swimming teachers, club coaches, ASA Aquatic Officers and ASA Club Development Officers.

There is always an abundance of people who want to tutor teaching swimming qualifications, but historically the numbers applying to tutor coaching swimming, synchronised swimming, diving and water polo are low.

2. CPD Presenter

For those who do not meet all the selection criteria to become an ASA tutor or assessor, the opportunity to become an Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presenter may be an option.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is part of the life of a swimming teacher or coach. It’s important for them to keep up-to-date with changes and developments by attending further training.

You can become an ASA Tutor or Assessor through becoming an ASA CPD presenter. This is supporting the delivery of CPD seminars in your area or nationally, depending on your skill set and willingness to travel.

Download the skill sets document below to find if you qualify. If you do, download the application form and email it to with the required evidence.

To be considered for the role of a CPD presenter you need to meet the skill sets specified by individual CPDs and complete/submit an application form:

Once accepted as a CPD presenter, you are required to become licensed before starting to deliver on behalf of the ASA:


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