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Coaching Tutor Training

The Swim England coaching certificates prepare learners to develop the next generation of athletes.

As a tutor of these certificates you can make a positive impact on the world of coaching in the disciplines of:

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Water Polo
  • Artistic Swimming
  • Open Water

We are not currently looking for Coaching Tutors.

Please check back later in the year or click here to register your interest in the programme..

Tutor Training Programme Coaching FAQs

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What is a Swim England Tutor?
A tutor is the person who plans, delivers and assesses a course which enables learners to achieve a Swim England coaching certificate.
Who do tutors work for?
Tutors will be delivering qualifications on behalf of the Institute of Swimming who are an approved training provider of this certificate.
When does the Tutor Training Programme open?

The Tutor Training Programme responds to the need of the Institute of Swimming and the aquatic disciplines. Where there are geographical gaps in coverage, need is identified and tutors can be sought to work in these areas.

Due to there being more teaching swimming courses compared to coaching courses, there will typically be a coaching tutor training programme every other year.

What will the training enable me to do?

The Tutor Training Programme will give you the foundation skills to run a coaching course from start to finish, including planning and preparing for a course, delivering effective sessions and assessing to meet the certificate’s requirements.

Because the Tutor Training Programme is run to meet the need of the approved training centre, it’s important to only apply if you have time to deliver courses once you are trained.

What can I be doing to strengthen my application whilst waiting for the next programme?
  • Gaining experience in delivering any kind of training will develop your presentation skills and confidence.
  • Staying up to date with Swim England’s key messages via regular CPD

Qualifications and training: we require all trainees to hold a delivery qualification such as PGCE, PTLLS, Level 3 Education and Training etc and safeguarding training however these can be gained once accepted onto the programme.

Unfortunately there is no guarantee that having these qualifications at application stage will move you to the interview stage but we would recommend that if you don’t have a delivery qualification, you look into where and when you can access this training in case you are successful.

How long will it take to qualify?

On average, the tutor training journey takes between 6-12 months to be signed off to deliver solo.Each programme can be adapted to suit the trainee in terms of time it takes to qualify. For example, some trainees will choose to observe more courses than others, some trainees will want longer to plan for their attachment, some trainees will have to wait longer for an attachment option that suits their needs.

However, due to the regular review of certificates, and to ensure training stays fresh, trainees will need to complete their programme in a 2 year period.

The process involves the following stages:

  1. Application
  2. Interview
  3. Induction
  4. Face to face or online training days (with associated tasks)
  5. Research tasks (currently observation of 25% of a course and interview with an experienced tutor)
  6. Attachment: A practical placement where the trainee is on course 100% of the time with experienced tutor, delivers 50% of the timetable and assesses 50% of the learners. The trainee will be guided and mentored by the experienced tutor (Advanced Practitioner).
How much does the programme cost?

Currently the programme costs £750. This cost can vary from programme to programme due to the nature and number of days of training.

Can the programme be paid for in instalments?

The Tutor Training Programme is paid in instalments. The cost of the programme should not be a barrier to applying as there may be an opportunity for a repayment scheme. This is something that can be discussed if a trainee gets accepted onto the programme.

Why do programmes vary year to year?

The Tutor Training Programme is ever evolving due to regular feedback we glean from the Institute of Swimming and the disciplines. We try to meet the needs of all stakeholders whilst maintaining Swim England’s high quality of training.

How much do tutors get paid?

Different delivery models and level of certificates have different payments so it’s worth checking with the Institute of Swimming what their up to date tutor fees are if this is a significant factor for you.

How am I supported once I have qualified?

Once you have completed your attachment, all of your research tasks have been handed in and the training payment has been made, you will be signed off to run your own solo first course. A member of Educator Training will support you in your preparations.The Educator Training Department also offers regular training both online and face to face to keep you up to date and ensure you get regular professional development.

Which programme are you interested in?