Your guide to getting qualified and starting your career as a Swimming Teacher
A recent survey of Institute of Swimming members found that 96% of swimming teachers love their job. We see people from a range of backgrounds training to become swimming teachers and will provide you with all the tools you need to succeed.
To become a fully qualified Swimming Teacher you will need an SEQ Level 1 and Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification.
If you have no previous experience and are over 16 you can start your swimming career with the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course before completing the SEQ Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification.
If you have previous work experience or wish to fast-track your career you can opt for the Combined SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant and Level 2 Teaching Swimming course.
You can become a swimming teacher with little or no experience of teaching or swimming, your SEQ Level 1 and 2 Swimming Teacher qualifications can provide you with all the knowledge, skills and experience you need.
Once qualified a variety of career routes are open to you such as teaching preschool swimming, school swimming, coaching, swim coordinator or manager, owning your own swim school or specialist swimming teacher roles. The profession is ideal for a variety of people including students looking to fit in work around their studies.
Develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as an assistant swimming teacher.
Builds on the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification, giving you the skills to independently deliver swimming lessons.
This combined course enables anyone with experience supporting swimming lessons to complete the theoretical elements of both SEQ Level 1 and Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualifications side by side.
Catherine, 18, has been announced as the Youth Volunteer of the Year at the Swim England National Awards. Catherine, originally from Leighton Buzzard, shares with us her volunteering journey and how her love of swimming has made a profound difference to her life. Catherine says: “Swimming has been such an important and constant in my life. I started learning to swim when I was three and joined the swimming club, Linslade
Peter, 56, from Hastings, is working towards his Level Two Swimming Teacher Qualification. Here he talks about his love of swimming and how he will be using his swimming teaching earnings to support his other freelance income. Peter says: “I’ve always loved to swim. I used to work in an architect’s office and every lunch time I would take myself to my local pool. I found that swimming compensated for being bent over a desk
For Wendy, swimming is her life. She has been involved in the sport since she was five years old and now, aged 56, she continues to make an impact in aquatics. Wendy says: “I started swimming with Eastbourne Swimming Club as a child. Fast forward a few decades and I’m still here. I continue to compete in Masters, as well as teaching their Learn to Swim programme, coaching squads, sitting on their committee and, I’m currently
Lisa, 52, is on her way to becoming a fully qualified swimming teacher. Here she explains how she discovered swimming and how she plans to use her Institute of Swimming qualifications to inspire others. Lisa works full time as a psychology teacher and is a Year 12 lead in a secondary school in Milton Keynes. Since September, she has been working as a swimming teaching assistant, helping in lessons for a couple of hours in the evenings and on
Miles, who is 20 years old, is on his way to qualifying as a Swimming Teacher. The qualification comes after a devastating rare cancer diagnosis forced him to rethink his future. Here, Miles tells us his inspirational story, how brain cancer changed his life and how he is rebuilding his future, with positivity and hope. Miles, from Surrey, was just 16 when he became ill. He says: “I just didn’t feel right. I was constantly tired, I was
Bronwen, 69, has worked as a part time swimming teacher at Mytime’s The Spa at Beckenham for the last three and a half years. Here she explains how she rediscovered her love of swimming, and balances her swimming teaching job alongside a city corporate role. Bronwen says: “When I was young, I used to love to swim and would participate in as many galas as I could. However, regrettably that all stopped when real life got in the way. Work,