Your guide to getting qualified as a Swimming TeacherSearch Courses
Becoming a Swimming Teacher can be an incredibly rewarding career, teaching an essential life skill to others. With a shortage of swimming teachers, there are currently many employment opportunities available for qualified swimming teachers, often offering flexible hours to fit around your lifestyle.
When you choose to become a Swimming Teacher with the Institute of Swimming, you will be supported by the leading provider of aquatic workforce development and training in the UK. The Institute of Swimming have been enabling and building rewarding careers in swimming for nearly 40 years and are committed to providing high-quality courses led by outstanding tutors. Our programmes cover teaching swimming, coaching, aquatic health and fitness, and pool plant.
We exist for the good of the sport working in conjunction with the national governing body for swimming, Swim England, so all proceeds are invested back into developing our swimming talent and improving the health of the nation.
To become a fully qualified Swimming Teacher you will need an SEQ Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification.
If you have no previous experience and are over 16 you can start your swimming career with the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course before completing the SEQ Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification.
If you have previous work experience or wish to fast track your career you can opt for the Combined SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant and Level 2 Teaching Swimming Course.
You can become a swimming teacher with little or no experience of teaching or swimming, your SEQ Level 1 and 2 Swimming Teacher qualifications can provide you with all the knowledge, skills and experience you need. Others may choose to become a Swimming Teacher from other leisure roles such as fitness instructors, lifeguards or other industries altogether.
Once qualified a variety of career routes are open to you such as teaching preschool swimming, school swimming, coaching, swim coordinator or manager, owning your own swim school or specialist swimming teacher roles. The profession is ideal for a variety of people including parents looking for part time work or students looking to fit in work around their studies.
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You can develop your swimming teacher career by completing CPDs, accessing e-learning and free resources or completing a specialist course such as SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming to Babies and Toddlers or SEQ Level 3 Swim Coordinator
Teaching Swimming should be accessible to all and in the same way each swimmer is an individual, every teacher will have their own learning needs and aspirations. We want our courses to be open to everyone and accessible to all. Explore which option is best for you:
Become a swimming teacher for a fraction of the cost and be matched with an employer to mentor and support you through your training.
These apprenticeships allow you access to high-quality training whilst being employed in the leisure industry, kick-starting your career.
You have many options once you are qualified and Swim England Qualifications are recognised internationally. A few of the more popular routes may be:
You could set up your own business as a Swim Teacher offering one to one sessions or develop your own swim school business employing other staff.
After you have gained experience in teaching you could apply to become a Swimming Tutor.
You could work at a Leisure centre or swim school and be part of a team.
You will need an SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification.
How much will I earn as a Swimming Teacher?
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