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STA Award in Teaching Swimming

The STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming is the perfect step to begin an exciting career as a swimming teacher, upon successful completion of this course the teacher can deliver lessons independently to non-swimmer to improver level participants.

The Learner

The STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming is intended for those looking to take up a position as a swimming teacher. Successful completion of this qualification allows learners to work with children and adults, helping them to develop their aquatic skills and basic swimming techniques.

What skills and attributes make a good level 2 award swimming teacher?

 Interest in Swimming

 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 Teaching Swimming: Swim club swimmer, leisure duty manager, leisure assistant, student, sports coach, swimming teacher, personal trainer, lifeguard, teaching assistant, fitness instructor.

The Course

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

Learners will acquire the skills required to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of progressive, fun swimming lessons for groups of up to 12 participants of non-swimmer, beginner or improver ability.

The following units are covered within this qualification:

  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
  • Planning, Delivering, Assessing and Evaluating Swimming Lessons
  • Understand a Swimming Teacher’s Role
  • Understanding the Health and Safety Requirements for an Aquatic Environment
  • Understanding the Scientific and Learning Theories Relevant to Swimming Teaching


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

  • Worksheets
  • Schemes of work
  • Lesson plans
  • Lesson evaluation forms
  • Practical teaching.

On the final day, the learners will complete an external assessment which comprises of a 30-minute practical lesson to a minimum of 4 participants of either non-swimmer, beginner or improver ability.


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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