Swimming teacher

Swimming coach

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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

Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate apprenticeship in coaching swimming. You can also complete a leisure team member intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

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

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Other routes

You can qualify as a swimming teacher by doing Level 1 and Level 2 teaching qualifications awarded by Swim England or the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA).

These qualifications will allow you to teach non-swimmers, improvers and people looking to learn advanced swimming skills.

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Further information

You can find out more about teaching swimming from Swim England and the Swimming Teachers’ Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • 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:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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.

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