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:
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Institute of Swimming, in partnerships with Creative Sport & Leisure, Future Fit Training and RLSS offer Leisure Team Member Apprenticeship and Leisure Duty Manager Apprenticeships.
These apprenticeships allow you access to high-quality training whilst being employed in the leisure industry, kick-starting your career.
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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?
Abu Bakr is a lifeguard turned swimming assistant, who has found teaching swimming to be an incredibly fun job. Here he talks with us about his journey from being a lifeguard, how swimming teaching fits with his studies, and the importance of representation. The change came at the perfect time as Abu Bakr started to focus on his studies. He says, "I started as a lifeguard, and I was watching the swimming lessons. I always thought that was
Habiba became a swimming teacher by chance. It wasn’t something she had been thinking of or planning, but she’s very pleased she did. Habiba says: “I started taking some swimming lessons as an adult to improve my stroke and technique, and slowly but surely I realised how much I enjoyed being in the water. It was my own swimming teacher that suggested I should think about training to become a swimming teacher. I was pregnant whilst
Carly Gates, TUI Academies Team Leader and Swim Coach has travelled the world with her swimming teacher qualifications. She started her career as a swimming assistant and lifeguard at her local leisure centre and now works for TUI where she can see the world, and help holidaymakers learn a life skill whilst having fun. "I first came to being a swimming teacher after working at my local leisure centre as a lifeguard," says Carly. "I had just
Bobbie, from Kent, has had a fantastic career in aquatics. Here she shares with us how she first embarked on her swimming career and what she hopes to achieve going forward. Bobbie has been working within the leisure sector for a decade. She says: “10 years is a long time to stick with any career these days, and the reason I have is that I simply love to teach swimming. I’m passionate about the benefits of being able to swim
Vicki, 53, retrained as a swimming teacher in 2020 after deciding to leave her long-term career as a Forensic Mental Health Nurse for the NHS. The Institute of Swimming has caught up with Vicki to see how she is finding being a swimming teacher after training through the Institute of Swimming Recruitment Academy. Vicki says: “Swimming is my happy place. When I need to escape I always head to the water. I was
Catherine, 18, has been announced as the Youth Volunteer of the Year at the Swim England National Awards. Catherine, originally from Leighton Buzzard, shares with us her volunteering journey and how her love of swimming has made a profound difference to her life. Catherine says: “Swimming has been such an important and constant in my life. I started learning to swim when I was three and joined the swimming club, Linslade