SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming

Builds on the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification, giving you the skills to independently deliver swimming lessons.

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This course develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as a swimming teacher. It builds on the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification and gives you the skills to independently plan and deliver swimming lessons.


Training format

  • Face to Face – 8 days
  • Blended Learning – 25 to 30 hours of online learning followed by 5 days face to face
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Blended Learning is a more flexible approach where you complete the theoretical elements of the course online through interactive activities and checks on learning, prior to the practical workshops.

Try our Blended Learning sample

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone who has an SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification who wants to become a Swimming Teacher.

Course content

The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom activities and practical poolside learning. You will participate in at least six 30 minute swimming lessons to gain hands-on practical experience.

You will learn about:

  • The responsibilities and role of a swimming teacher
  • How the scientific principles of swimming impact on development
  • How to develop core aquatic skills and the four strokes
  • How to identify and correct common swimming faults
  • How to use a variety of teaching techniques and equipment to suit different needs
  • How to plan and deliver inclusive lessons for different levels of ability. Includes adaptations for swimmers with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Key teaching and management skills including class management and assessment, organisational skills, behaviour management, communication skills, and teaching methods
  • National curriculum swimming lessons and how they differ from learn to swim lessons

Download a PDF of the full SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming specification.

This qualification has been endorsed by CIMSPA as meeting the requirements of the swimming teacher professional standard.



You must be at least 16 years of age and hold the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant in Teaching or equivalent Swim England/ASA qualification certificated after 1994.

Job prospects

Becoming a swimming teacher in the UK you can look forward to an active and challenging role with great chances of employment. Many local pools are always on the lookout for new staff. It is also great for mums, dads, guardians and students as the hours are very flexible.

Average pay is around £13 an hour. For a full breakdown of average hourly rates see our salary checker.

For current employment openings, you can also look at our jobs section.