Swimming teachers help people learn to swim, improve their swimming skills and how to exercise in water.
Salary range: Variable
How to become a swimming teacher
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- training with a professional body
You can do an intermediate apprenticeship in coaching swimming. You can also complete a leisure team member intermediate apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
These qualifications will allow you to teach non-swimmers, improvers and people looking to learn advanced swimming skills.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- the ability to work on your own
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
- be over 16 years of age
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- teaching or coaching one-to-one or in groups
- planning and delivering sessions
- demonstrating swimming techniques and correcting faults
- identifying ways to improve performance
- making sure safety standards are followed
- checking life-saving equipment is in working order
- organising and supervising assistants and helpers
- offering basic first aid
You could work at a fitness centre or at a school.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and humid.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could be a swim co-ordinator or lead swimming teacher, checking the quality of swimming teachers.
You could work as the head coach of a sports club, or senior coach with a regional or national team.
You could also move into sports development or youth work.