Apply to join the Community Swimming Teacher Recruitment Academy in Wellingborough

As part of this academy we are looking to train up swimming teachers in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

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 fully-funded training, mentoring, and be matched with an employer.

This community swimming teacher recruitment academy seeks to train a diverse, community-based workforce, who are reflective of the local people they will teach the valuable lifesaving skill of learning to swim.

This 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 that 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.

How does the academy work?

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


This Community Recruitment Academy is working in collaboration with the Active Partnership – Northamptonshire Sport, North Northamptonshire Council and other local partner organisations to diversify the aquatic workforce at local Waendel Leisure Centre, Wellingborough, striving to remove barriers and ensure the profession of Swimming Teaching is inclusive and a sought after profession for local people.

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

Teaching hours will generally be weekdays evenings, and weekends. Times will vary 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

Applications for this academy have now closed. Please complete an expression of interest form if you would like to be notified of future academies in your area.

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.

Training Schedule

Level 1 Course dates:

  • Course starts online 8 January
  • Practical dates: 20 Jan and 27 Jan at Waendel Leisure Centre

Level 2 Course dates:

  • Course starts online 2 April
  • Zoom session 14 April
  • Practical dates: 4, 11, 18 and 25 May at Waendel Leisure Centre

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