Swim England 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.
Swim England Tutors/Assessors are trained by the Educator Training Department, but deliver courses on behalf of the network of Swim England’s Approved Centre Training Centres; details of which can be found here.
The Swim England Tutor Training Programme
The Swim England Tutor Training Programme ensures the delivery and assessment of Swim England qualifications is done at the highest standard.
The programme is designed to an individual’s needs. It provides extensive training, development, and support to help you become a 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 Swim England regions, or the tutor requirements of the Swim England Qualifications Approved Centres.
The programme has five stages:
- Recruitment and selection
- Four days of training on various dates
- Research tasks
- 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.
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
- Experienced in delivering training or development sessions to adults
- Innovative in your approach to education and training
- Hold a delivery qualification such as Level 3 Education and Training/PTLLS/DTLLS/PGCE
- Committed to regular Continual Professional Development
Previous trainees to become a tutor or assessor include Swim School Co-ordinators, experienced senior swimming teachers, club coaches and Swim England 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.