New Teaching Swimming Qualifications

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13 January 2016

The Institute of Swimming (IoS) has announced that they will be launching the newly revised ASA Level 1 and 2 teaching swimming qualifications from March 2016.

The updated qualifications have undergone a robust revision process with both previous learners and industry and teaching experts to produce a more practical syllabus which places swimming at the heart of the qualification.

Rebecca Cox, Head of the IoS, commented that “the new, streamlined qualifications have less theory-based assessment which will enable us to deliver more practically focussed courses within a real-world pool environment, which better meets workplace demand”.

Following demand for more flexible training programmes and to complement the new qualifications, the IoS will also be launching a brand new blended learning programme for the Level 1 Swimming Assistant course, which combines online learning with practical delivery. Students will now be able to learn in a flexible way that is tailored to fit around their home and work life. 

The new course will feature:

  • An online learning module to develop theoretical knowledge in an online simulated pool environment. You can learn in your own time and it will be assessed online automatically. An online sample can be found at
  • A practical, two day face-to-face course with highly trained and experienced swimming tutors. Over the two days you will learn practical skills in a real-world pool environment, which you can immediately use within your role as a Swimming Assistant.

“We’ve really taken on board our students’ needs for quality learning that fits around busy lives,” said Tanya Kesterton, IoS Learning Solutions Manager. “Our new online learning resources enable students to learn at their own pace, gain automatic online feedback and access via a tablet or smartphone so you can even learn on the go.”


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