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STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming

The STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming aims to train learners to teach aquatic activities to disabled individuals and groups. This qualification is for learners who wish to work with participants who have a disability in mainstream or disability swimming lessons and help them to develop both as swimmers and individuals in the aquatic environment. This qualification could appeal to those already working as a swimming teacher.

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.

Are you an exisiting STA Disability Tutor and want to deliver this new qualification?

To deliver the new STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming qualification, existing disability tutors must complete the FREE online STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming Tutor Upskill programme. The upskill holds a CPD value of ½ point and includes information on the course content, changes, and assessment requirements. It is recommended IQA who wish to IQA the qualification complete the upskill. It would also benefit ATC co-ordinators.

How Will the Qualification Benefit You?

  • Created by STA’s aquatic experts, providing you with quality training
  • Regulated by Ofqual
  • 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 participants 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.

Disability swimming teachers may also wish to take on a mentoring role within the workplace, become responsible for coordinating or managing inclusion within the learn to swim programme or share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of swimming teachers by becoming an aquatic tutor.

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:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Hold current membership of STA
  • Hold the STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming or acceptable equivalent (please note: a Level 1 Award in Aquatic Teaching / assistance qualification is not an acceptable entry requirement).


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.

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