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 qualifying through Swim England course.
To become a swimming teacher there are two qualifications for you to gain. The Swim England 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 experience as a swimming assistant before attending a 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 Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification, giving you the skills to independently deliver swimming lessons.
Builds on the Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification, developing your knowledge and skills as a pre-school swimming teacher.
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.
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There are around 400,000 people who could be missing out of swimming lessons due to swimming teachers shortages. We want to solve this by offering part funded courses as part of our Teacher Training Academy. Rebecca Cox, Institute of Swimming’s managing director, said: “Teaching swimming is very rewarding but the cost of qualifying can hold people back. There is a demand for new swimming teachers across the country, which means
This year the Institute of Swimming has joined the Swim England Learn to Swim team to provide free workshops as part of their Roadshow. Swim England’s Swim School Roadshows’ are free regional events for swim schools, teachers and operators delivering the Learn to Swim Programme and school swimming. These convenient half-day events take place in a number of locations across the country and are a great opportunity to meet key individuals
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A new agreement between Places Leisure and the Institute of Swimming is set to support more than 116,000 children learning to swim. The partnership will help provide ‘high-quality and fully-qualified’ teachers across the country. The three-year deal will see the Institute of Swimming deliver an aquatic workforce development plan to ensure all teachers are trained to the highest standards. Places Leisure run swimming lessons at more
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