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STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming 

| Aviemore, Scottish Highlands |

The STA Award in Teaching Swimming is the perfect first step into beginning an exciting career as a swimming teacher.  With no experience needed this is the perfect way to get you started on that journey!

As a swimming teacher, you will be responsible for planning, teaching, and evaluating up to 12 swimmers from non-swimmers up to improvers (children and adults). This award will develop the vocational and technical skills you require as a swimming teacher, allowing you to independently teach your very own class, providing you with the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to provide swimming lessons. 

You will be qualified to deliver up to the Goldfish stage of the STA’s international learn to swim programme and be able to gain employment as a swimming teacher, teaching non-swimmers to improvers.  As an internationally recognised qualification you will be able to take your swimming teaching career around the world!

Tell me more! 

As part of the course you will participate in a mixture of theory based learning and practical teaching to your peers on the course and children / adults. You will complete a course portfolio, worksheets and participate in classroom discussions and activities as part of your learning. You will develop 2x ten-week schemes of work, 3 lesson plans and evaluate 3 lessons you have delivered during your course.

As part of your practical assessment you will be assessed by an external approved STA assessor for 30 minutes practical teaching. ​​


Allow around 1 - 2 hours for completion of your coursework after each theory day.

Pre-course requirements! 

To take the Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming, you must meet the following requirements:

More information! 

This Level 2 course is regulated by Ofqual and meets CIMSPA’s employer-led coach professional standards as well as being an internationally approved qualification. Typical contact time for this course is 38 hours and usually delivered over 5 days for a fully in person course or 6 days for a blended learning course.

Course dates: 

Cost: £450

You will need to provide your own travel and accommodation. 

Click HERE for a suggested course kit list

Would you like a course delivered nearer to you? We require a minimum of 6 learners, a suitable venue with an appropriate room for theory delivery and a swimming pool with facilities for changing and showering. 

If you can find the above requirements then we would love to have a conversation about running a course for you!

Typical Course Timings: 

9am - 16:30

Each day including 2x 15 minute breaks and 30 minutes for lunch.

After the course:

What you'll be able to do:

On completion of your Level 2 Teaching course you will have the required qualification to teach groups of up to 12 swimmers to intermediate level.   

You will have the confidence you need to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of progressive and fun swimming lessons.

You will be able to teach a range of aquatic and safety skills such as floating, rotation, water confidence and swimming strokes. 

Ongoing support after the course:

All teachers will have the opportunity to access ongoing support long after the course has been completed.  

My exclusive BTW Swim Teachers Facebook group is a place to ask questions, get support both practically and morally and gives you the opportunity to connect with other teachers across the UK who have completed the course with Beyond the Water.