Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) Qualification

The Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant Qualification develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as a Swimming Assistant.

It will enable you to actively support a qualified Swimming Teacher in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.

  • Level:   Beginner
  • Duration:   4 days
  • Training Format:   Face to Face and Blended Learning

Blended Learning is a more flexible approach where you can complete theory elements of the course online through a virtual pool environment and interactive videos prior to the practical workshops.

Try a sample of this course here

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone who is interested in starting a career in teaching swimming or wants to assist a Swimming Teacher.

Course content

The Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant Qualification course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activities, e-learning exercises and practical poolside-based learning sessions. It covers the core knowledge that is required for this level including:

  • Preparation of teaching activities
  • Delivery of prepared activities within a session
  • Roles and responsibilities within a learn to swim programme
  • Health & Safety in the aquatic environment

Download a PDF of the full Level 1 Swimming Assistant award specification here

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You must be at least 16 years of age. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification and you do not need any previous experience of teaching.

Job Prospects

With many pools on the lookout for new staff, job prospects are good. Pay starts at £6–£10 an hour. For a full breakdown of average hourly rates see the Careers in Aquatics Salary Checker here.

For the latest swimming teacher vacancies head over to  Careers in Aquatics.