Becoming a teacher
So you are thinking about becoming a swimming teacher. Well it's an active and challenging role and many local pools are always on the look out for new staff.
It is also great for mums, dads and guardians as the hours are very flexible. Listen to what former IT trainer Georgie Boddie has to say about swimming teacher career flexibility here.
How do I get started?
Here are a few ways you can start to learn more about swimming teaching as a career choice.
- Contact your regional ASA office for an informal chat. Most areas have Aquatic Officers who are happy to help.
- Go to a pool and have a chat with current teachers. Most will be happy to tell you about their jobs. Find your nearest pool with the ASA's Pool FInder here.
- You can check out swimming teacher video interviews in our Talking Heads section. Learn more about how they got into swimming teaching here.
What qualifications do I need?
You start with a level 1 ASA qualification but there are three levels you need to achieve to progress across any of the four disciplines: swimming, water polo, diving and synchronised swimming.
Sample courses are:
- Teaching Aquatics
- Aqua Fitness and Disabilities
- Coaching Diving
- Coaching Swimming
- Coaching Synchronised Swimming
- Coaching Water Polo
The first qualification you will need is the ASA UKCC Level 1 Certificate. This focuses on how to teach or coach and what to teach or coach.
Once you have received your certificate you will be qualified to support a more senior qualified or licensed teacher/coach at any level in a pre-prepared session.
- You must be 16+ years of age when the course finishes to take it.
To be able to work on your own (aside from lifeguarding cover) you must be the holder of an ASA Level 2 Certificate.
- You must be 17 + years of age before the course begins.
You can find much more detail on all qualifications on the ASA website here.
The IoS is the training arm of the ASA and offers a comprehensive range of qualifications.
- Click here to visit the IoSOnline to discover a course near you
Is training costly?
Typically, initial qualifications cost around £390, but don’t let lack of funds stand in the way.
There are bursaries and grants available. They vary according to location but some even pay 100% of the course costs.
- Click here to go to the ASA website and see if you qualify!
What kind of job might I get to start with?
You could work in a learn to swim scheme in a swimming club or leisure centre as an assistant swimming teacher - also known as a learn to swim support coach - under the supervision of a Level 2 qualified teacher or coach to deliver swimming lessons to children and adults. You would help to teach wannabe swimmers how to move and be safe in the water.
Your job will be to assist in teaching/coaching some of these basic skills. Other tasks might include laying out the equipment ready for lessons and making sure buoyancy aids are safely fitted.
Pay starts at £6 - £10 per hour.
- You can find lots of jobs on Careers in Aquatics