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.

The STA’s International Swimming Teacher course provides learners with the knowledge and practical skills to teach swimming in a learn to swim environment.

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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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