Apply to join the Swimming Teacher Recruitment Academy in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

This academy offers the opportunity to train and work for a local leisure operator across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland areas

Apply to join the academy

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

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

The academy allows aspiring teachers to receive all their training for only £79, compared to the usual cost of over £1,000. It includes mentoring to support your development, and you’ll be matched with one of the employers taking part in this local recruitment academy. 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.

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 available across weekdays and weekends. For these roles, there may be the opportunity to work for the following operators across their local leisure centres;

  • Active Leicester
    • Aylestone Leisure Centre
    • Braunstone Leisure Centre
    • Cossington Street Sports Centre
    • Evington Leisure Centre
    • Leicester Leys Leisure Centre
    • Spence Street Sports Centre
  • Start 2 Swim
    • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre – De Montfort University
  • Places Leisure
    • Hinckley Leisure Centre
  • Everyone Active
    • Enderby Leisure And Golf Centre, LE19 4LX
    • Harborough Leisure Centre, LE16 9HF
    • Lutterworth Sports Centre, LE17 4RB
    • Waterfield Leisure Centre, LE13 0BG
    • Hermitage Leisure Centre, LE67 5EU
    • Hood Park Leisure Centre, LE65 1HU
    • Parklands Leisure Centre, LE2 5QG
    • Wigston Pool And Fitness Centre, LE18 2DP

Once qualified successful trainees will be employed as paid swimming teachers by the operator.


The programme will follow a two-phased recruitment.

For phase 1 we strongly encourage applications from those who already hold a SEQ L1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification and/or have extensive teaching/coaching/swimming experience. Please note: applicants who are not suitable for phase 1 will be considered for the phase 2 programme.

Apply to join the academy

Phase 1:

Applications close: 1st December 2021

Interviews: 7th & 8th December 2021

Meet & greet: w/c 13th December 2021.


Phase 2:

Applications close: 31st January 2022

Interviews: 8th & 9th February 2022

Meet & greet: w/c 14th February 2022.

Training courses will take place locally, ideally at your sponsor operator’s venue. Exact dates/times/venues will be confirmed if successful at shortlist stage, however please see below a guide to training timelines.

Training Schedule

Phase 1:

Level 2 Course: January 2022

Phase 2:

Level 1 Course: March 2022

Level 2 Course: April 2022

Successful candidates will be asked to commit to some volunteer hours to support their training programme, days and times will be discussed at meet and greet.

Operators are looking to recruit a diverse community-based workforce and welcome applications from anyone who is passionate about teaching local people this lifesaving skill.

If you have any questions before applying you can contact us at