Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming to Babies and Toddlers

Builds on the Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification, developing your knowledge and skills to teach swimming to babies and toddlers.

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This course develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as a swimming teacher for babies and toddlers/pre-school children. It builds on the Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification and gives you the skills to independently plan and deliver a series of baby and toddler swimming lessons.

Training Format

Face to Face – 4 days

Blended Learning – 15 to 20 hours of online learning followed by 2 to 3 days face to face

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. The online learning and completion of assessments should take you are approximately 15-20 hours to complete.

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone who has a Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification who wants to provide baby and toddler/adult and child swimming sessions.

Course content

The course is delivered through a mixture of online learning, classroom activities and practical poolside learning. You will participate in at least four 30-minute pre-school swimming lessons to gain hands-on practical experience.
You will learn about:

  • How early years development, stages of play and reflexes impact on swimming ability
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, health-related conditions and how to respond and adapt to them
  • How to introduce and teach the core aquatic skills in a fun way
  • The different supports and holds to use in lessons
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different types of equipment
  • How to plan, adapt and teach lessons which cater for groups with different levels of ability
  • Key teaching and lesson management skills

Download a PDF of the full Swim England Level 2 Swimming to Babies and Toddlers specification


You must be at least 16 years of age and hold the Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming or equivalent Swim England/ASA qualification certificated after 2007.