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Helping you find a career as a Swimming teacher

Swimming teachers help people to learn to swim or improve their swimming technique. They can also help to run exercise classes in water. The nature of the role requires you be a strong swimmer.

You have to be at least 17 years old and hold a qualification from the Amateur Swimming Association or Swimming Teachers Association.

What does a Swimming teacher do?
  • Teaching individuals and groups

  • Planning sessions and crafting them to individual needs

  • Demonstrating and explaining correct techniques

  • Enforce safety standards and ensure safety of learners

  • Offering life-saving equipment if needed

  • [list[Offering basic first aid
Skills & interests required for a Swimming teacher
  • A strong swimmer

  • A confident communicator

  • Good at offering advice and instruction

  • Approachable

  • Organisational skills

  • Patience in teaching

  • Safety awareness
What hours does a Swimming teacher typically do?
You’ll usually work evenings and weekends. If you coach performance athletes you will work longer hours than those offering basic instruction classes.
What environment is a Swimming teacher based in?
Swimming pools in health centres, hotels, schools and elsewhere.
How much does a Swimming teacher travel?
Travelling to competitions may be necessary for high level coaches.
How much does a Swimming teacher get paid?
Salaries start around £18,000 a year for a full time swimming teacher. Those coaching elite athletes could earn much larger salaries and part time of temporary work is available in many places with teachers earning around £8 an hour.
What qualifications does a Swimming teacher need?
You need a qualification from the Amateur Swimming Association or Swimming Teacher’s Association to become a swimming teacher as well as clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service. You may need funding to help cover costs for this training.

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