Teaching Swimming is a fun and rewarding role but the cost of qualifying can hold people back. Get support to become a swimming teacher.
Teaching Swimming should be accessible to all and in the same way each swimmer is an individual, every teacher will have their own learning needs and aspirations. We want our courses to be open to everyone and accessible to all. Explore which option is best for you:
Become a swimming teacher for £79 and be matched with an employer to mentor and support you through your training. Our swimming teacher recruitment academies will match you with any current vacancies in your area. You will only need to pay an initial £79 and you will have the opportunity to:
If you are over 19 in England and not in full-time education you could be eligible for support through the adult education budget.
What does the funding cover?
The funding covers the cost of the theory element of training for the Level 2 Teaching Swimming course. This is up to 40% off the total swimming teacher training.
The theory element of this course is completed via our online e-learning platform, providing you with all the required knowledge and skills to be able to proceed to a separate practical assessment to complete your qualification. Once fully completed, you will have the skills to independently plan and deliver swimming lessons.
Once you have completed the funded Teaching Swimming Theory course you can choose to decide whether you want to complete your full SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification.
Step 1: Using the button below fill out the eligibility checker form (This will take less than 5 minutes of your time, but please be aware you’ll be taken to an external website and need a form of ID and your National Insurance Number to hand)
Step 2: Your answers will be submitted and you’ll be contacted by CSL (Central Services) Ltd to confirm whether you’re eligible for the funding and what the next steps are
Step 3: You’ll be then contacted by a member of the team here at the Institute of Swimming to start your training. You will need to pay a small enrolment fee.
Step4: You start your theory elements of the Swimming Teacher Course.
Step 5: On completion of the theory elements you can decide if you would like to become fully qualified by completing the practical sessions..
Step6: On completion of both courses you are a fully qualified Swimming Teacher
Find out about more our funded opportunities
Institute of Swimming, in partnerships with Creative Sport & Leisure, Future Fit Training and RLSS offer the following apprenticeships
These apprenticeships allow you access to high-quality training whilst being employed in the leisure industry, kick-starting your career.
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Teaching Swimming was Emily's ideal student job and helped fund her studies to become a Primary School Teacher. Emily, 20, from Somerset, became a swimming teacher to part-fund her studies. She’s since found it to be a rewarding and worthwhile job that will help in her pursuit to become a primary school teacher. Emily says: “My mum used to be a swimming teacher and that gave me the idea that I too could do the training. Whilst
Nancy, 17, gained her SEQ Level 1 Assistant Swimming (teaching) qualification with the Institute of Swimming earlier this year, and is working part-time at Active Nation’s Quays Swimming and Diving Complex, whilst studying for her BTECH in Sport and Coaching at sixth form college. For Nancy, swimming is her happy place. She has been actively involved in swimming throughout her childhood and into her teenage years, with both her
"You don’t have to be an expert swimmer to be a great swimming teacher!" Keiran, 45, retired from HM Armed Forces in 2019 after serving for nearly 25 years as a Communication specialist for the Royal Logistic Corps. On retirement, he and his family moved and bought a home in Worcestershire. For the next couple of years his priority was looking after his ten-year-old son and working on their home, which needed a lot of alterations and
“Being a swimming teacher feels like part of my identity now rather than just a job. It genuinely feels good for the soul!” Amy has been a swimming teacher for 16 years, having completed her SEQ Level 1 and Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualifications in 2005 at the age of 16. She inherited a love for the water from her Mum, who was a keen club swimmer as a teenager and later on became a swimming teacher herself. After school, Amy would
"It’s such a rewarding job to watch a non-swimmer gaining their confidence in water." Peta, 55, has more than 17 years’ experience as a swimming teacher. It’s a career she fell into, but she’s never looked back. Peta says: “Before having my three children, I worked as a PA in advertising. It was a career I loved, but when my kids came along my priorities changed. "I wanted to be a mum who was there to collect them from the
Suha always had a love for the water, and aside from swimming, she had always dreamt of being a competent scuba diver. So she decided to move away from Accountancy and take her scuba diving courses. “I loved the aquatic life more than numbers.” Whilst she was doing her courses she started having conversations with lots of people who were keen to try scuba diving too, but their main constraint was that they couldn’t swim. These