Teaching Swimming to Babies and Toddlers - Virtual Classroom

This course develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as a swimming teacher for babies and toddlers/pre-school children.

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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 SEQ 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

While pools were closed, we adapted this qualification and split the theory and practical elements into two courses:

  1. Theory – This will be delivered online through a series of zoom webinars.
  2. Practical – This will start with one zoom webinar to cover some practical topics and your venue orientation. You will then go on to do two, half-day practical sessions at the pool and a final webinar with your tutor.

Online theory

This course will allow you to complete the theoretical elements of your qualification online through a series of webinars.

These webinars are interactive online seminars and workshops that are led by your tutor and you will be joined by others who have also begun their training. Your tutor will guide you through the course content with interactive group activities and discussions.

During this time you will also be able to contact your course tutor via email. Your tutor will be using Google classroom to support your learning so you will need to create a google account. You will be guided through this in your first webinar.

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Practical sessions

Once you have completed your theoretical training you will then be able to book on to your practical session which will include more course content and your practical assessment at the pool.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure everyone’s safety, we will be keeping the amount of time you spend at the pool to a minimum so these practical sessions will consist of:

  • One Zoom Webinar
    • During this session, the tutor will cover the last of your practical topics, a venue orientation and planning for your swimming lesson assessments.
  • Two, half-day Practical assessment sessions at the pool
    • These will consist of a meet and greet, planning and preparation, lesson delivery of Adult and Baby swimming lessons, peer observations and feedback. You will also need to complete evaluations and an action plan.
  • There will then be a final webinar once you have finished the above where you will receive one to one feedback from your tutor.

We run courses at leisure centres across England so you can be assured you will never have to travel far to complete your qualification.

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Course content

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.

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone who has an SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification who wants to provide baby and toddler swimming sessions.