We can help you start your journey as a swimming teacher, and then support you every step of the way as you progress to the level you want.Search courses
So you want to teach swimming? Great, we provide the best opportunities for you to achieve your ambitions. We can help you start your journey as a swimming teacher, and then support you every step of the way as you progress to the level you want.
As the largest trainer of swimming teachers in the UK, we have a vast experience in supporting all kinds of people achieve teaching qualifications, and we’d love to help you do the same.
While being an active and challenging role, becoming a swimming teacher is also hugely rewarding. You’ll have great opportunities for employment. Yes, you’ll need your qualifications, but thanks to our expertise and experience, gaining these is also fun and rewarding.
Watch this short video which showcases the experiences of real swim teachers, the rewards of teaching swimming and the benefits of a Swim England Qualifications (SEQ) course.
To become a swimming teacher there are two qualifications for you to gain. The SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course is the first step and it allows you to support a Level 2 qualified swimming teacher. We then recommend gaining at least 3 months of experience as a swimming assistant before attending an SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming course. Once you have your level 2 qualification you can then add you your skills with our Level 2 Teaching Pre-school Swimming course.
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.
Builds on the SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification, developing your knowledge and skills to teach swimming to babies and toddlers.
We find that for most the gaining of a qualification is only the start of their swimming journey. The best teachers and coaches are always looking to add to their knowledge and develop their skills.
The National Curriculum Training Programme gives you the skills and knowledge to deliver high quality school swimming lessons to make sure your school not only meets but exceeds the national curriculum requirements
If you already possess the skills and knowledge needed to gain a Swim England qualification, RPL could be the route for you. To qualify through RPL you match your knowledge and experience against the course specification.
The Institute of Swimming’s partnership delivering Fin2Fit’s Mono-Fin CPD training has gone from strength to strength with the CPD gaining accreditation from CIMSPA. Swimming teachers who have gained their Fin2Fit CPD are able to deliver Mono-Fin Mermaid and Shark lessons and parties, as a new and exciting approach to keep children interested in swimming. Natalie McGuire, Business Development Manager, Institute of Swimming says: “We
Ros qualified as a swimming teacher in 2002 when she was 47 years old. Throughout her 17-year award-winning career, Ros has enjoyed the flexibility and variety that teaching swimming provides. Now 64, Ros, still works at Everyone Active’s Hart Leisure Centre, and who had her teaching achievement recognised at the Swim England South East Regional Awards in 2017, when she took home the Swim Teacher of the Year accolade. Ros says: “I
To celebrate the festive season we had a competition to find the best Christmas themed learn to swim activity! Here is the winner and all the other entries: Michelle Sheehan – Winning Game! Help Santa pack presents Aimed at adult and child groups but could be used at all stages. Children use noodles like a horse (Fings can be used for little babies). Place boxes/buckets (can be decorated) on one side of the pool and place toys on the
Hamza Ali, 21, has recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a 2:1 BSC in Sports Coaching. As part of the applied and vocational components to his studies, Hamza completed the Institute of Swimming’s SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) courses. Surprisingly, on starting the degree programme Hamza couldn’t even swim. Since graduating in June, Hamza is currently working in a number of jobs; as a Teaching Assistant at a
Want to win the perfect swimming teacher present? We are running a competition across Facebook and Instagram and up for grabs we have a Swim England Toolkit, Learn to Swim Activity Pack and one year streaming of the Swim England Expected Standards videos. To enter head to Facebook or Instagram and find our competition post. In the comments, post your best Christmas themed learn to swim activity and on Monday 9th at 1 pm we will pick a
Dan, 19, currently works as a part-time swimming teacher at Trafford Leisure’s Altrincham Leisure Centre whilst studying for his BSc degree in Paramedic Practice at Edge Hill University in Manchester. Dan splits his time between university and working at the leisure centre some evenings and weekends to help fund his studies. Dan and his two brothers all learnt to swim at Altrincham Leisure Centre following the Swim England Learn to Swim