If you would like to be a part of a baby’s first steps into water, and help make their experience the best they can possibly have, then teaching babies and young children is for you!
You may have some nervous children (and parents) who are experiencing a swimming pool for the first time, but with lots of singing and encouragement, you will see just how rewarding it is to teach babies, young children and their parents!
How Will the Qualification Benefit You?
- Created by STA’s aquatic experts, providing you with quality training
- Regulated by Ofqual and Qualifications Wales, and accredited by SQA Accreditation in Scotland
- Endorsed by CIMSPA, industry leaders in sport and physical activity
- It will allow you to teach a class of parents and babies as a fully qualified and confident swimming teacher.
When You Get Your Qualification
- You will be qualified to teach the STARFISH and STAnley stages of STA’s progressive International Learn to Swim Programme
- Access free online support and resources, including ticksheets and lesson plans, which are very useful to new and experienced teachers
- Receive advice and guidance from the STA team who will support you throughout your swimming teaching journey.
To remain as an STA-approved swimming teacher, and to receive the benefit of STA public liability insurance, you’ll be required to:
- Remain in membership of STA
- Keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date with regular CPDs
- Regularly update your DBS check
How to Take Your Qualification Further
If you enjoy being there for children who have never swam before and seeing them progress to confident beginners, then you may also be interested in the STA Award in Swimming Teaching. The learners may also be as new to swimming as the babies you are used to, and you can be the person to take them through the most crucial part of their swimming journey!
Alternatively, once you’ve had experience as a baby and pre-school swimming teacher you may find you want to develop more advanced skills. In that case, the STA Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby & Pre-School qualification may be for you; it will expand and develop your technical knowledge and provide you with the latest academic research and theories, which you can then integrate into your swimming lessons.
Interested? Before You Get Started…
You’ll need to make sure you’ve met the following requirements before you attend your course:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Hold current membership of STA
- Hold the Safety Award for Teachers qualification or acceptable equivalent
- Hold the Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults online learning certificate or acceptable equivalent
Learners must have all pre-requisites in place before the start of the course. Qualification certificates cannot be issued if all pre-requisites are not met before the start of the course, post course submissions will not be accepted.