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People with Disabilities

The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – People with Disabilities offers those looking to help people with disabilities experience swimming in a safe, fun environment, and in a productive and creative way. The qualification may be undertaken by an aspiring disabilities swimming teacher beginning their aquatic journey, or offer a further development opportunity for already qualified swimming teachers.

The Learner

The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – People with Disabilities is intended for those looking to take up a position as a disabilities swimming teacher. Successful completion of this qualification allows learners to deliver specific disability swimming lessons to children and adults, helping them to develop their aquatic skills and unique swimming techniques.

What skills and attributes make a good disabilities swimming teacher?

 Interest in Swimming

 Understanding of different disabilities

 Confidence leading a group or working one-to-one



 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 - People With Disabilities: Carer, swim club swimmer, physiotherapist, leisure assistant, student, sports coach, swimming teacher, special needs teaching assistant, lifeguard, support worker, special needs teacher.

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 disabilities swimming teacher role.

Learners will acquire the skills required to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of progressive, specialised, fun swimming lessons for small groups or one-to-one sessions.

The following units are covered within this qualification:

  • Planning, Preparing and Aquatic Teaching People with Disabilities
  • People with Disabilities Aquatic Activities


The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – People with Disabilities is tutor-assessed through the completion of:

  • Portfolio
  • 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 a minimum of 4 participants.


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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