STA International Swimming Teacher

Becoming a swimming teacher is a fantastic career path for those who are looking for a rewarding, active and challenging role.

With flexible teaching hours to fit around your lifestyle, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of a work-life balance whilst teaching an incredible and important life skill.

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Complete International Tutor Application Form

Email the completed application form, copies of relevant qualification certificates and evidence of experience to

This course is aimed at people who would like to become a swimming teacher, there is no previous swimming teaching experience required. The course covers teaching adult swimmers as well as children.

Learners are required to teach a range of swimmers from non-swimmers to advanced swimmers throughout the course.

On successful completion of the course, learners will be issued with a STA International Swimming Teacher Certificate.

On successful completion of the course, learners will:

  • Understand the role of a swimming teacher
  • Understand and be able to plan swimming lessons
  • Be able to produce a scheme of work and lesson plan
  • Be able to teach swimming lessons to non-swimmers, beginners, improvers and advanced swimmers
  • Be able to teach essential swimming skills
  • Be able to teach the four key strokes
  • Be able to teach advanced swimmers rescue and survival skills including water safety skills
  • Understand and be able to evaluate a swimming lesson
  • Understand the different types of swimmer
  • Understand swimming teaching strategies and methodology
  • Understand different methods of communication
  • Know the hygiene and safety requirements for swimming lessons
  • Understand the scientific principles relevant to swimming.
In order to attend the course, learners must:

  • Be 16 years old at the time of the assessment
  • Hold STA membership.

It is recommended learners undertake a safeguarding course applicable to the country they are working within.

  • Learners will be assessed on their theoretical knowledge and practical teaching
  • Learners must correctly answer 7 out of 10 verbal questions, complete 1 lesson plan and 1 scheme of work to the satisfaction of the tutor
  • Throughout the course, learners will undertake practical teaching on a range of swimmer, from non-swimmers to advanced swimmer
  • For the practical assessment, learners are required to teach a 30-minute swimming lesson to a small group of swimmers. The lesson must be taught independently by the learner without prompting or guidance from the tutor.

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