STA Award in Teaching Swimming

Next course:

7-9 and 14-16 June, Callington, Cornwall    |    £345*

*Funding available, please email for more information


Qualification from Swimming Teachers Association


Lead swimming lessons of up to 12 participants


Teach beginners and early improver levels


Combination of written work and practical assessment


No formal written examination!


Teach as you go

Our courses provide opportunities for you to teach as you train


Supportive tutor and assessor

Your tutors and assessors are there to help you develop and succeed as a teacher


Employment opportunities

Some of our courses are subsidised and lead directly into employment with Swim4*


The STA Award in Teaching Swimming is the perfect step to begin your exciting career as a swimming teacher and with no previous experience required, you can get started right away.

The qualification:

  • Was created by STA’s aquatic experts, providing you with quality training
  • Is regulated by Ofqual
  • Is recognised internationally, allowing you to take your swimming teaching career around the world
  • Develops the vocational skills and technical knowledge of a qualified swimming teacher, allowing you to independently teach your very own class of 12 participants from non-swimmers up to improvers (children and adults).

Once you are qualified:


You will be able to gain employment as a swimming teacher, teaching non-swimmers to improver participants


You’ll be qualified to deliver up to the Goldfish stage of STA’s progressive International Learn to Swim Programme


Access free online support and resources which are helpful for new and experienced teachers


Your course resource manual will act as a guide throughout your swimming teaching journey—always there to refer back to should you ever need it


Receive advice and guidance from the STA team who will support you throughout your swimming teaching journey.


STA Award in Teaching Swimming

7-9 and 14-16 June, 2019

Honicombe Manor, St Ann’s Chapel, Gunnislake, Cornwall

Available to book now!

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Become qualified as a Swimming Teacher

With Swim4 and STA, and gain an internationally recognised qualification


A rewarding career


Teach a life skill


Flexible hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any experience?
This qualification is suitable for those who are new to swimming, you do not have to be a great swimmer or have teaching experience
Are there any pre-requisites?
Yes, there are two.


  1. Be a member of the STA – which you can do online for around £43 a year
  2. Be aged 16 years or older
What does the course cost?
The full course cost is £345. Plus you will need to consider the cost of STA membership if you are not already a member. This is around £43 a year and can be purchased online.


For anyone wishing to go on to work fr Swim4 once qualified, Safeguarding training, DBS and reference checks are completed, we will consider part funding the course for you, so you can save as much as £250 off the course fee! Please email Emma for more information.

What can I earn as a Swimming Teacher?
Swim4 teachers are paid from £12 upon completion of the STA Award qualification and generally swimming teachers are paid from £10 an hour depending on location and experience.

Our teachers with the Certificate level (next qualification) or Swim England (formerly ASA) Level 2, are paid from £15 an hour.

Where can I find out more?
Find out more about the qualification:

Or email Emma, Swim4’s lead tutor with any specific course questions:

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Teaching Swimming is an enjoyable and rewarding career which offers good rates of pay and flexible hours. It’s ideal for people of all ages and from all backgrounds, from students to retirees. If you’ve ever considered teaching swimming, feel free to drop us a line to ask more about the courses and opportunities on offer.


Our next Award course takes place near Callington, Cornwall, from 7-9 and 14-16 June. It’s a six day course – two evenings (5-9pm) and four days (8am-6pm).


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