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STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming

The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming offers those looking to teach disabled participants swimming in a safe, fun environment, and in a productive and creative way. The qualification may be undertaken by swimming teachers wishing to work with participants who have a disability in mainstream or disability swimming lessons.

The Learner

The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming is intended for those looking to become a disability swimming teacher. Successful completion of this qualification allows learners to deliver disability swimming lessons to children and adults, helping them to develop both as swimmers and individuals in the aquatic environment.

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 teaching swimming to people with disabilities. 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 and practical elements, enabling the learner to acquire the specialised technical knowledge and practical hands on experience of teaching swimming to disabled participants.

Learners will acquire the skills to plan, teach and evaluate a series of progressive, fun, and inclusive swimming lessons for disabled participants.

The following unit is covered within this qualification:

  • Planning, Teaching and Evaluating inclusive swimming lessons.


The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming is tutor-assessed through the completion of:

  • Portfolio
  • Multiple-choice theory assessment
  • Practical teaching

On the final day, the learners will complete an assessment which comprises of a theory multiple-choice question paper and a 15-minute practical lesson to between 2 to 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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