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How to Become a Swimming Teacher: Dive into the Fundamentals of Teaching Swimming Techniques

The STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming is the perfect step to begin your exciting career as a swimming teacher and with no previous experience required, you can get started right away. The six-day course comprises theory and practical based learning. Our tutors not only have the theory-based expertise, they have the day-to-day experience with some still teaching within a swim school environment. You will not only leave as a qualified swim teacher but with lots of tips and tricks to support your journey. 

How will the qualification benefit you?

  • It was created by STA's aquatic experts, providing you with quality training.
  • Regulated by Ofqual and Accredited by SQA Accreditation.
  • Recognised internationally, allowing you to take your swimming teaching career worldwide.
  • Develops a qualified swimming teacher's vocational skills and technical knowledge, allowing you to independently teach your own class of 12 participants from non-swimmers up to improvers (children and adults).

Course availability 

The course will take place at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre and cost £365 - this includes all course materials.

Wednesday 13th March 8:00 am - 5 pm 
Thursday 14th March 8:00 am - 5 pm
Friday 15th March 8:00 am - 5 pm
Monday 18th March 8:00 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 19th March 8:00 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 20th March 8:00 am - 5 pm

Interested? Before you get started…

Please create a free Training Course Attendee Account with Teignbridge Leisure. This is so you can sign up and pay for your course with us. 

You'll need to make sure you've met the following requirements before you attend your course:

Learners must have all pre-requisites in place before the start of the course. Qualification certificates cannot be issued if all pre-requisites are not met before the start of the course. Post course submissions will not be accepted.

Booking your qualification 

Once you have your Training Course Attendee Account or if you already have an account with us, please book your course by searching in our course finder.

  • To secure your course space, full payment is required at the time of booking. 
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When you get your qualification

  • You will be able to gain employment as a swimming teacher, teaching non-swimmers to improver participants.
  • Access free online support and resources from the STA which are helpful for new and experienced teachers.
  • Your course resource manual will guide your swimming teaching journey—always there to refer back to should you ever need it.
  • Receive advice and guidance from the STA team who will support you throughout your swimming teaching journey.

Location information

Courses take place at Dawlish Leisure Centre and Newton Abbot Leisure Centre

On-site parking is available. On arrival, please report to reception for a parking pass and our staff will direct you to the training room where the course is being held.

What to bring with you

We want to ensure you have everything you need to complete your qualification as smoothly as possible. We recommend you bring the following with you:

  • Stationary, such as pens and a notepad. 
  • Swimming costume for the practical elements. 
  • Change of clothes. 
  • Food, snacks and water. We have water stations and vending machines on site for you to use. 
  • Changing facilities, including toilets and showers are available for you to use. 

Need help with something? 

Most of our enquiries can be dealt with by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you still have a question, you can make contact with a member of the tutor team at leisureadmin@teignbridge.gov.uk.   

How to take your swimming teaching career further

Once qualified, progress on your teaching pathway by achieving the STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming—the next step which meets CIMSPA's employer-led swimming teacher professional standard.

Course terms and conditions 

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