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Tutor Training: Other Programmes

We are currently looking for new tutors for the following courses:

  • Aquatic Activity for Health

Interested? If you have read what we are looking for and think that might be you, click here to access the application pack.

Applications close on Friday 16th February 2024.


Click or tap on the questions below to find out more.

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 qualification or certificate.

Who do tutors work for?

Tutors will be delivering qualifications on behalf of Swim England however are employed by one of Swim England’s Approved Training Centres, usually on a self-employed basis.

How much do tutors get paid?

Different courses have different delivery models so payment is specific to the course and the delivery model that you undertake. More information can be gained by contacting The Institute of Swimming.

When does the Tutor Training Programme open?

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

What will the training enable me to do?

The Tutor Training Programme will give you the foundation skills to run a Swim England course from start to finish, including planning and preparing for a course, delivering effective workshops and assessing to meet the qualification/certificate requirements.

Because the Tutor Training Programme is run to meet the need of Approved Training Centres, it’s important to only apply if you have time to deliver courses once you are trained. Some tutors deliver around their current employment e.g. using their weekends or evenings, whilst some tutors deliver around the country as their full time role.

How long will it take to qualify?

Each programme can be bespoke to 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.

The process involves the following stages:

  • Application
  • Online Interview
  • Induction (online)
  • Face to face or online training days (with associated tasks)
  • Research tasks (currently observation of 25% of a course and interview with an experienced tutor)
  • 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 a learner cohort. The trainee will be guided and mentored by an experienced tutor (Advanced Practitioner).
How much does the AAFH and Land Based Training programme cost?

Currently the programme costs £550, or £650 if a delivery qualification is needed. This cost can vary from programme to programme due to the delivery model 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 some Approved Training Centres offer repayment schemes. 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 Approved Training Centres, Trainees, Leisure Providers and Swim England. We try to meet the needs of all stakeholders whilst maintaining Swim England’s high quality of training.

How am I supported once I have qualified?

Educator Training provide on going updates and offer professional development opportunities for tutors of all disciplines. The Institute of Swimming provide an induction and allow access to course resources once you have completed your training. The quality team and programme leader are also on hand to answer any ongoing questions relating to the course and course paperwork.