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.
To become a swimming teacher there are two qualifications for you to gain.
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.
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:
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.
Builds on the SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification, developing your knowledge and skills to teach swimming to babies and toddlers.
Produced collaboratively with the swimming sector, to develop leadership skills, support business needs, improve the customer experience and maximise pool performance.
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.
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
Waleed Ghafoory, 20, is a university student who is part-funding his education through his swimming teacher job As a young child, Waleed was scared of water and hated being splashed in the face. It was this fear that made his mum determined he would learn to swim and get over his water anxiety. He went to swim school and when he was 12 he joined the Ealing Swimming Club in Chiswick, London. Waleed says: “In my
"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