Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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Individual member questions answered

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We all have questions from time to time and often different people have the same queries. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact the IoS membership team:
Email: ios@swimming.org
Tel: 01509 640 746

IoS Individual Member FAQs

My membership is due for renewal. How do I renew?

My membership is due for renewal. How do I renew?
The IoS will send you a renewal notice one month before your membership is due for renewal. Membership renewal can be paid online or over the phone by credit card, or by cheque. If you have not received a renewal notice please contact the IoS membership team using the contact details above.

If I teach above the level my qualification allows will my insurance cover me?

If I teach above the level my qualification allows will my insurance cover me?
The ASA and IoS encourage all clubs and swim schools to have appropriately qualified teachers and coaches on poolside at all times but also recognises that from time to time both clubs and swim schools may have difficulty in finding volunteers with the appropriate qualifications, especially in the disciplines water polo, synchronised swimming and diving. Therefore, providing the training sessions are operated within the standard safety framework and in line with the procedures laid down by the pool operators, the insurance policy is valid.

How do I gain further qualifications or update my current qualifications?

How do I gain further qualifications or update my current qualifications?
The IoS offers a range of courses for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  A full range of the IoS’s courses and CPD seminars is available at www.theiosonline.com.   

Who do I contact if the Swimming Times magazine has not been received?

Who do I contact if the Swimming Times magazine has not been received?
You can contact the IoS membership team using the details above or the Swimming Times department on 01509 640 230.

I need to make a claim. What do I do?

I need to make a claim. What do I do?
In the event that you need to make a claim using your IoS membership, you need to call the IoS membership team on the contact details above. A claim form will then be sent to you which must be completed and returned to our brokers Perkins Slade Ltd (0121 6988050).

Am I insured to teach in my own private pool?

Am I insured to teach in my own private pool?
Yes, however the pool becomes public once you use it for the purpose of teaching.

Am I insured to teach abroad?

Am I insured to teach abroad?
Yes, if the duration of the trip is less than six months in any 12 month period. We advise that Perkins Slade (0121 6988050) should be contacted to confirm the details.

During a lesson, is a teacher required to have a qualified lifeguard on duty?

During a lesson, is a teacher required to have a qualified lifeguard on duty?
If it is a programmed session whereby the teaching class is the only activity in the pool then the teacher can provide the safety cover if they hold the appropriate ASA teaching qualification or equivalent as well as one of the following:

  • A current Lifesavers National Pool Lifeguard qualification or equivalent
  • The national rescue award for swimming teachers and coaches
  • The rescue test for swimming teachers and coaches.

What does a risk assessment involve and what are the safety factors?

What does a risk assessment involve and what are the safety factors?
A risk assessment means identifying hazards, assessing the risks and indicating the methods required to control these hazards/risks where possible. Safety factors which need to be considered when conducting a risk assessment include:

  • Pool design – blind spots, glare, reflection and noise
  • Depth
  • Water quality – including pool temperature and clarity of water
  • Pool organisation – shared or sole use? Who has the responsibility for safe supervision?
  • Staffing – consider the qualification, skill, degree of support and number of teachers, coaches, lifeguards and other poolside helpers
  • Pupils and ability – number of pupils, age, ability range, any physical, learning or sensory disabilities

What is the recommended teaching position when teaching a group of pupils?

What is the recommended teaching position when teaching a group of pupils?
If a teacher has responsibility for multiple groups comprising of more than two pupils the recommended teaching position is from the side of the pool as this provides the best position to oversee the whole group in terms of safety, and to provide appropriate feedback on the performance of each swimmer.

What are the recommended teacher/pupil ratios?

What are the recommended teacher/pupil ratios?
The ASA recommends a maximum swimmer:teacher ratio of 12:1. For groups of non-swimmers smaller rations, approximately 6:1 are preferred.

I’m pregnant. Can I still teach on poolside?

I’m pregnant. Can I still teach on poolside?
The ASA does not impose a precise cut-off period for when you should stop teaching once you become pregnant. You or your employer should conduct a thorough risk assessment, and this should determine the date you should cease teaching.

Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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