Teaching Swimming

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.

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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.

We’re the UK’s most experienced trainer

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.

Let’s get you qualified

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.

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 swimming teacher.
  • We recommend gaining at least 3 months of experience as a swimming assistant before starting your SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming course.

Once you have your level 2 qualification you can then add to your skills with our Level 2 Teaching Pre-school Swimming course or brand new SEQ Level 3 Swim Coordinator programme.

Our course structure

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the introduction of government guidance to combat the virus, we have adapted the way we deliver our courses to make sure everyone has the opportunity to train in a safe environment.

Our courses have been split into two halves:

  • All courses will start online, exploring the theoretical elements either through a series of virtual classrooms, interactive e-learning, or a mixture of both.
  • Once you have successfully completed the theory you will be able to book onto your practical sessions. These are located across England and will start with a webinar to familiarise yourself with the venue and their Covid-19 policies. During your pool based session, your tutor will go through your practical assessment.

Teaching swimming courses

SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching)

SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching)

Develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as an assistant swimming teacher.

SEQ Level 2 Swimming Teacher

SEQ Level 2 Swimming Teacher

Builds on the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification, giving you the skills to independently deliver swimming lessons.

SEQ Level 3 Swim Coordinator

SEQ Level 3 Swim Coordinator

Produced collaboratively with the swimming sector, to develop leadership skills, support business needs, improve the customer experience and maximise pool performance.

Teaching Swimming to Babies and Toddlers - Virtual Classroom

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.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

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.

School Swimming

School Swimming

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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

Institute of Swimming Membership

Institute of Swimming Membership

Help and support so you can develop your capabilities as a swimming teacher

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