How to prepare for your SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course

Get ready to make a splash on your SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course!

Starting your journey to become a swimming teacher is an exciting time and we want to ensure your learning experience goes swimmingly. In this blog, we will offer advice on everything you need to help you prepare and pack for your Level 1 Swimming Assistant course with the Institute of Swimming. Let’s dive in!

What to bring with you

  • Bring your photo ID with you such as a driving license or passport, your tutor will need to see this on the first day of your course.
  • Wear and pack appropriate clothing and footwear:
    • You will be assisting in swimming lessons and have practical learning sessions in the pool so pack a couple of rash vests or t-shirts and shorts that you are happy to wear in the water. Whilst assisting or teaching in swimming lessons, you will need to wear a t-shirt or rash vest, and shorts over the top of your swimming wear. This is so:
      • Teachers and assistants are easily identifiable.
      • You have a barrier between your skin and the participants.
      • To protect your modesty if a swimmer was to hold onto you.
    • Swimming costume or swimming trunks/ jammers – you are welcome to make adaptions so you feel confident and comfortable while in the water such as a ‘burqini’, or long-sleeved t-shirt and leggings.
    • Clean trainers or suitable footwear for wearing on poolside.
    • Spare clothes – you may get a little splashed or will be attending a few pool sessions throughout the day.
    • You’ll need a towel.
    • Pack some food, or lunch if you are doing full days, as well as a refillable water bottle or drinks.
    • Pack a notebook and pen – You will need a pen to complete your Learning Assessment Portfolio (you will receive this from your tutor) and you may want to take notes during your seminars and practical sessions.
    • Bring your SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant book provided by the Institute of Swimming. This book will be a valuable resource during the training, helping you understand key concepts and teaching methodologies. This should arrive by post before your course starts.

    Get ahead of the game

    It can be beneficial to familiarise yourself with teaching games beforehand if you have not had any previous experience. Explore various swimming-related games designed for beginners, such as relay races, diving for objects, or treasure hunts with toys.

    Understanding these games will help you engage with your swimmers and make your lessons more fun! You can check out some fun games from Swim England’s Learn to Swim Team.

    Once you have packed everything you need all you need to do is turn up, embrace the learning, dive in and have fun!

    Best of luck with your course!


    Need some help packing? Here’s some pre-course inspiration

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