Apply to join the Swimming Teacher Recruitment Academy in Southwark

As part of our Academy, we are looking to train up swimming teachers in Southwark

Apply to join the academy

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If you want to become a swimming teacher and enjoy an active and rewarding role, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. The academy gives aspiring teachers the opportunity to receive part-funded training, mentoring, and be matched with an employer.

This community swimming teacher recruitment academy offers fully funded training to aspiring swimming teachers as part of a unique partnership between Swim England, Disney and Ocean Bottle.

To mark the nationwide release of The Little Mermaid earlier this year, the three organisations joined forces as part of a campaign to challenge the obstacles and barriers which prevent people in England from learning to swim. As part of this partnership, both Disney and Ocean Bottle will be making a contribution to Swim England to train new swimming teachers. You can read more about the collaboration here.

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

How does the academy work?

As a participant in our Community Academy, you will receive fully-funded training which includes:


The Community Recruitment Academy is a unique programme offering a tailored approach to training.

Following the successful completion of the programme there will be the opportunity to work at the following pools:

  • The Castle Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk, London SE1 6FG
  • Seven Islands Leisure Centre, 100 Lower Rd, London SE16 2TU
  • Dulwich Leisure Centre, 2B Crystal Palace Rd, London SE22 9HB
  • Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre, 10 Melon Rd, London SE15 5QN
  • Camberwell Leisure Centre, Artichoke Pl, Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8TS

Teaching hours will generally be weekdays evenings, and weekends. Times will vary by site and there may be an opportunity for additional school/daytime hours.

Once qualified successful trainees will be employed as paid swimming teachers on a casual or part-time basis.

Application Itinerary

The application deadline is 18 October 23

Applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Apply to join the academy

Interviews and an informal meet and greet will occur shortly after the application closes.

You don’t need any prior qualifications to apply as you will be supported through your training.

If you have any questions before applying, check out our FAQs or contact us at