Apply to join the Swimming Teacher Recruitment Academy in Reading and Wokingham

As part of our Academy, we are looking to train up swimming teachers in Reading and Wokingham to be part of the HydroKidz and SwimExpert team.

Apply to join the academy

If you want to become a swimming teacher and enjoy an active and rewarding role with HydroKidz and SwimExpert then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Apply now to start your journey to becoming a swimming teacher!

How does the academy work:

The academy allows aspiring teachers to receive all their training for only £85, compared to the usual cost of over £1,000. It includes mentoring to support your development, and you’ll be matched with an employer.

Successful applicants will complete their SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) and Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualifications and be supported through their training journey with Institute of Swimming Membership which includes over £100 worth of free e-learning. To help them develop, trainees will spend some time volunteering and get support from a mentor to ensure they have the necessary experience for the role and are ready to hit the poolside well equipped to teach.

Teaching swimming is an active and rewarding role. Work hours are generally part-time and there are a variety of working hours and contracts available across weekdays and weekends. Lessons typically run between 4.45 pm – 8 pm Monday – Friday and 8pm to 3pm Saturday and 8 am to 1pm Sunday (exact times will vary depending on site/ region). In addition there may be an option for private 1-2-1 lessons once qualified to Level 2 standard on site or via venues listed. Please email [email protected]  if you need more information and salary details.

Following the successful completion of training, there may be an opportunity to work across the following leisure centres;

  • Reading Blue Coat School, Holme Park, Sonning Lane, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6SU
  • Reddam House School, Bearwood Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 5BG

Other close by venues:

For Group lessons:

Mary Hare School, Newbury
SJB School, Old Windsor

For Private lessons:

Wokefield Park, Mortimer Reading
Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke
Hilton Reading
Novotel Reading
Doubletree Hilton, Wokingham

Application Itinerary

Applications for this academy have now closed. Please complete an expression of interest form if you would like to be notified of future academies in your area.

Apply to join the academy

Following this shortlisted applicants will be given a link to find out more information about the programme to watch in their own time and then contacted in respect of a 15-minute virtual interview.

Interviews will take place online shortly after the closing date

You don’t need any prior qualifications to apply as you will be supported through your training, although we are accepting applications from those who are halfway through their swimming teacher training or already have their level 1 or 2 qualifications. Above all, we ask that you are passionate about teaching and swimming.

About HydroKidz and SwimExpert

SwimExpert started life in 2006 as a one-man band entity until 2010 when they set upon an ambitious journey to grow the business.

They grew from 1 venue to around 15 in just 5 years where they only offered private lessons, typically out of hotel venues. In 2014 they started an E-commerce side of the business ( and in 2016 they saw the first of their group venues open where they operate under the banner of HydroKidz.

The growth has continued to this day and they now offer private lessons out of 30 venues predominately in the South East. HydroKidz is now in 6 schools, and is attended by 2000+ children weekly and growing.

E-commerce as well as the service side of the business has grown during this period organically and via the purchase of last September, they will be adding a retail outlet to this side of the business this summer.

They have a strong work ethos within SwimExpert and have ambitious goals not only to grow but to improve our offerings and standards across the board.

Benefits of working HydroKidz and SwimExpert
  • Stunning locations
  • Private or small class sizes
  • Teachers work with all abilities
  • Opportunity to do private lessons
  • Progression opportunities within the company (Lead teacher, Administrative, Customer service, Marketing, Retail and Swimming Coordinator roles)
  • Staff discounts at our webshops ( &
  • Free CPD courses
  • Pension Scheme
  • Rescue qualification training included

SwimExpert lessons run all year round, apart from a 2 week break over Christmas.

HydroKidz runs for 34 weeks of the year, in addition to this they conduct crash courses in the holiday periods. Class sizes are max of 4 for the lower abilities (ducking to level 2) and grow from there to a max of 8 in the highest ability group.

If you have any questions before applying you can contact us at [email protected].