First newly qualified swimming teachers receive their certificates post lockdown

Since the government announced the date for pools reopening, the Institute of Swimming has been busy arranging practical sessions for the 1,000 trainees who started their SEQ Level 1 or 2 swimming teacher courses online during the lockdown.

While pools were closed, the Institute of Swimming adapted their courses and split the theory and practical elements so everyone had the opportunity to start their qualification online. This new format is likely to continue throughout the rest of 2020 to keep trainees, tutors and host venues as safe as possible.

The first Practical Sessions took place late August at Kings International College in Surrey with Fins Swimming Club. To keep the time trainees spent at the pool to a minimum, the practical elements of the course started online with a series of webinars before the pool based session. This ensured that the trainees were prepared for their swimming lesson delivery and assessment, and were able to follow the venues Covid-19 policies before they arrived on poolside.

There were four pool sessions with a variety of lessons and stages available for the sixteen Level 1 and eight Level 2 trainees, who joined at different sessions, which gave everyone the space they needed to move around poolside and deliver their planned sessions safely.

Jake, one of the Level 1 Swimming Assistants attending the training said:

“The tutor was so helpful on this course from the very start, she always gave great tips and amazing feedback to help me improve.

It was a fun learning environment, and nice to be back training with a team so we can all work together.”

Eleanor, another one of the Level 1 Swimming Assistants attending the training added:

“I loved how friendly and supportive everyone was in helping me to gain my qualification. I liked the mix of online and practical training and how well it was all led.”

Swim England Qualifications who award the Institute of Swimming’s swimming teaching courses and accredited webinars have already posted out the first cohorts certificates and are ready for the 200 trainees who are already booked onto their practical sessions to become qualified.

Practical sessions are being planned across England with more being added to the website every week.

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Courses are being planned in the following areas:

  • Guildford, Surrey
  • Hailsham, East Sussex
  • Bognor Regis, West Sussex
  • Worcester, Worcestershire
  • Camberley, Surrey
  • Tonbridge, Kent
  • Kirklees, West Yorkshire
  • Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Hambleton, North Yorkshire
  • Gedling, Nottinghamshire

These are subject to change. We will contact those who live close by as soon as they are available for booking so please check your emails regularly.