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Baby and Pre-School Award

Begin a career in a rewarding role as a baby swimming teacher, introducing parent and child to the swimming pool through lessons packed full of experiential learning, fun and games. The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School may be undertaken by an individual aspiring to work specifically as a baby swimming teacher, or offer a further development opportunity for already qualified swimming teachers.

The Learner

The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School is intended for those looking to take up a position as a baby swimming teacher. Successful completion of this qualification allows learners to deliver swimming lessons to babies, toddlers and their accompanying adults—helping them to develop a range of basic aquatic and safety skills, plus basic paddle strokes.

What skills and attributes make a good baby swimming teacher?

 Interest in Swimming

 Confidence around babies and children

 Confidence leading a group



 Enjoy working with people

 Good role model

 Good organisation




Who does this qualification appeal to?

Learners may complete this qualification for a career specifically in swimming teaching. Alternatively they may undertake this qualification to compliment another role.

STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching - Baby and Pre-School: Pre-school teacher, nursery nurse, teaching assistant, sports coach, swimming teacher, parent, lifeguard, creche assistant.

The Course

The course is comprised of a mixture of theory content and practical poolside learning, enabling the learner to acquire the specialised technical knowledge and practical hands on experience of the baby swimming teacher role.

Learners will acquire the skills required to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of progressive and fun swimming lessons for groups of up to 12 adult and baby/toddler pairs.

The following units are covered within this qualification:

  • Planning, Preparing and Teaching Swimming
  • Baby and Pre-School Swimming


The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School is tutor assessed through the completion of:

  • Worksheets
  • Schemes of work
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheet questions
  • Practical teaching
  • Completion of a 30-question multiple choice paper with a unit pass mark of 11 out of 15 per unit.

On the final day, the learners will complete an external assessment which comprises of a 15-minute practical lesson to between 2 and 4 adult-child pairs.


This course does not carry an expiry date—instead learners are encouraged to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date through completion of continuing professional development (CPD).

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