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Swimming Teaching

Considering a Career in Swimming Teaching?

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.

Countless opportunities for employment are available with private swim schools and public leisure centres who are on the search for qualified, motivated and inspiring swimming teachers.

Get Your Career Started

Who Are STA and How Can We Help You?

Safety Training Awards is an awarding organisation which offers and certificates vocational qualifications across a range of disciplines. These qualifications are designed to meet both legal requirements and national occupational standards for various industries, providing you with the confidence and reassurance to develop your career professionally.

Our swimming teaching qualifications are a fantastic stepping stone to get you started on your journey of being the best swimming teacher possible. With our qualifications being internationally recognised too, you can take advantage of travelling with your role and earning as you explore.

Once You’re Qualified

To support you on your career path once qualified, you will be provided with STA’s International Learn to Swim resources, a popular and engaging programme developed to reward and motivate your learners at each stage.

Build on your development, qualifications, and knowledge regularly with STA’s extensive CPDs on topics ranging from teaching adult learners, starts & turns, baby and pre-schooler submersions and more.

I started my swimming teaching career as an assistant in my spare time as I love swimming. This then turned into a part time swimming teaching job after having children. I enjoy teaching and find it very rewarding. The best part is seeing a child swim independently for the very first time. 10 years on, I now specialise in teaching baby and toddler lessons, aqua-natal yoga and now also run my own swim school.

Swimming teaching is a fantastic, rewarding career and I would recommend it to anyone.

Heather Seward

Available Qualifications

STA Award in Teaching Swimming New!

The first step in your swimming teaching career, for teaching your very own class of 12 participants from non-swimmers up to improvers (children and adults).

STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming New!

Progress on your teaching pathway by expanding your expertise to teach advanced swimming skills; allowing you to teach non-swimmers through to advanced participants.
Professional Standard Endorsed

Open Water Swimming Coaching

Prepares learners for all aspects of open water swimming coaching, from planning, coaching and evaluating open water swimming sessions.


CIMSPA Endorsed

Baby and Pre-School Award

For teaching aquatic activities to babies and pre-school children during adult and children lessons.


CIMSPA Endorsed

Baby and Pre-School Diploma

Expands and develops a baby and pre-school swimming teacher’s current knowledge and provides them with the latest research and theories which they will then apply into their swimming lessons.


CIMSPA Endorsed

People with Disabilities

Suitable for teaching aquatic activities to individuals and groups with most types of disabilities.


CIMSPA Endorsed

STA Award in Swimming Teaching

Our entry level swimming teaching qualification for teaching up to 10 beginners, and acting as an assistant teacher in larger or more advanced classes.


CIMSPA Endorsed