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People with Disabilities

Some learners may have hidden disabilities that can make mainstream lessons less effective, or some may have severe physical disabilities. Teaching aquatic activities to people that may not be able to go swimming otherwise is an extremely rewarding and humbling experience. The People with Disabilities qualification is aimed at most types of disabilities.

Swimming has amazing benefits for everyone, and even more so for those with disabilities. If you want to help people with disabilities experience swimming in a safe environment, then this is the course for you.

How Will the Qualification Benefit You?

  • Created by STA’s aquatic experts, providing you with quality training
  • Regulated by Ofqual and Qualifications Wales
  • Endorsed by CIMSPA, industry leaders in sport and physical activity
  • Will give you the specialist knowledge to teach a specific group of learners
  • If you already work with people with disabilities, it will expand your skills further
  • It looks brilliant on your CV if you are looking for a job in the leisure or care industry.

When You Get Your Qualification

  • You will be qualified to teach the Rockhopper and Emperor series of STA’s progressive International Learn to Swim Programme – specific disability awards that focus on skills and distance
  • 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 teaching learners with disabilities to swim, then you may consider a career that involves working with them in other environments. There are many specialist schools or care facilities that may have opportunities for assistants or voluntary groups that want enthusiastic and caring people to help them improve the quality of life for so many people.

If you enjoy the swimming teaching element, then we have the rest of our swimming teaching courses for you!

Interested? Before You Get Started…

You’ll need to make sure you’ve met the following requirements before you attend your course:


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.