STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching

The STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching aims to prepare holders to teach, without supervision, pupils of all levels.

Successful learners will have the opportunity to benefit from 12 months free CIMSPA Affiliate Membership usually costing £30.

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Available Regulators

Qualification Number: 600/3057/4
Title: STA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching
Credit Value: 17 Credits


Qualification Number: R241 04
Title: STA Professional Certificate in Teaching Swimming
Credit Value: 8 Credits


Qualification certificates will not be issued until all pre-requisites have been supplied. If requested pre-requisites are not supplied within 12 months of the course end date, the qualification will expire.

Validity of Award

This qualification does not expire.

To remain as an STA-approved swimming teacher, and to receive the benefit of STA public liability insurance, holders of this qualification are required to:

  • Remain in membership of STA
  • Keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date with regular CPDs
  • Keep their pre-requisite lifesaving qualification in-date
  • Regularly update their DBS check
Length of Course

The course may be run over 4 days, but can also be delivered over a period of weeks, with the minimum of each training session being 2 hours.

Mandatory Units
  • Teaching Swimming, Lifesaving and Survival Techniques
  • Understanding How to Develop Participants Through Coaching Sport
  • Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Sport
Assessment Criteria
  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake poolside teaching during the course
  • As part of an external assessment, teach a 30 minute lesson to 4 learners
  • Complete a 100 question multiple-choice paper with unit pass marks of 15/20, 15/20 and 45/60

Upcoming Courses

There are currently 28 available courses for this qualification.

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