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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Swimming Coach. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Swimming Coach
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Swimming Coach Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Swimming teachers, also known as swimming coaches, teach people of all ages to swim. They work with individuals or groups, and with all ages from babies to the elderly. Clients might include people with special needs, including both physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

They also work with all levels of ability including complete beginners, competent swimmers wanting to improve their style, or competitive swimmers involved in national and international competitions.

Some swimming teachers/coaches teach aquatic aerobics (also known as aquafit or aquacise), a form of exercise in water.

Some coaching work may include administrative tasks, development work and liaising with other organisations.

Hours and Environment

Swimming teachers/coaches often have to work evenings and weekends, when many people participate in recreation. Those involved with training competitive swimmers have to be present at training sessions and competitions, often resulting in long working hours at unsocial times and may also involve a large amount of travel. Many swimming teachers/coaches work part-time.

Teachers/coaches work in schools, health centres, private health clubs and swimming clubs.The work can involve long periods of standing watching others participate, mixed with periods of activity when the coach demonstrates or trains with participants.

Skills and Interests

To be a swimming teacher/coach you should have:

  • good verbal communication skills
  • the ability to inspire confidence and motivate performers
  • analytical skills
  • perseverance and patience
  • in-depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for swimming
  • good organisational skills
  • the ability to put people at ease, particularly those who may be afraid of the water.


There are no academic requirements to become a swimming teacher/coach. It is necessary to obtain a teaching/coaching qualification and to be at least 16 years of age. Although not compulsory, it is recommended that entrants hold a life saving qualification.

There are no age restrictions on becoming a swimming coach/teacher. Enthusiasm, interest and ability in swimming together with involvement in a voluntary capacity with local swimming clubs or youth groups would be an advantage.


The Swimming Teachers Association (STA) run a series of courses for swimming coaches, including courses for teachers in schools and classes for aquatic aerobics teaching (aquacise). These qualifications include:

STA Level 2 Swimming Teachers Certificate Beginners (STC(B))
Entrants must be 16 years of age and hold an acceptable life saving qualification (or be prepared to do one) and be able to swim at least 25 metres. This certificate enables them to teach classes of up to 10 beginners unsupervised and larger groups if supervised.

STA Level 2- STC Full (STC(F))
Entrants must be 18 years of age, hold an acceptable life saving qualification, have achieved the STC (B) or equivalent qualification and preferably have had some post-qualification experience of teaching swimming. The qualification enables teachers to teach classes of all sizes and levels of ability without supervision.

For both certificates students are assessed during the course and have both practical and written examinations at the end.

STA Level 2 -Aquatic Teaching Qualifications -Aquacise (ATC)
This enables the holder to teach aqua sessions. Entrants must be 18 years of age.
The STA runs a Student Member Certificate for 14 to 18 year olds as a firststep to a career as a swimming teacher.

Contact the STA for full details of all their courses.

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) also offer qualifications, which include:

Level 1 Assistant Teacher Certificate
Allows the holder to teach groups of up to four under the supervision of a fully qualified teacher. Entrants need to be at least 16 years old, preferably with a life saving certificate.

Level 2 Teacher Certificate
Allows teachers to teach individuals and larger groups unsupervised. Entry to the course requires the entrant to be at least 18 years old and to hold the Assistant Teacher Certificate or equivalent.

Club Coach and Coach Certificates
These are higher level coaching qualifications which allow the holder to coach at district or national level.
Contact the ASA for more details on their range of courses.


Whilst demand for swimming teachers/coaches is high, full-time paid jobs are very scarce. Vacancies are to be found with local authorities, outdoor pursuits centres, holiday camps, private hotels, large sports clubs and sports centres.

Many teachers/coaches begin by working part-time in a voluntary capacity. Professional sports coaching is very competitive and coaches will be judged by the success of the individual or team that they coach. Most teachers/coaches are paid according to how many hours they teach.

Currently there is a growth in sports development and some swimming teachers/coaches progress to swimming development officers.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

The majority of swimming teachers/coaches work part-time and are paid an hourly rate. Salaries recommended by the ASA are:

Assistant swimming teacher could earn £5.50 an hour.
Full ASA qualified swimming teacher might earn £11 an hour.
A club coach could earn £13 an hour.
Fully ASA qualified club coach may earn £15 an hour.
Senior coach at district, national, international level could earn £20 an hour.

Fully qualified swimming teachers/coaches are likely to earn between £10,000 to £20,000 a year.
Experienced coaches at district or national level may earn over £20,000 a year.

London weighting may increase salaries.

Further information

Swimming Teachers Association
Anchor House
Birch Street
West Midlands
Tel: 01922 645097

Amateur Swimming Association
18 Derby Square
LE11 5AL
Tel: 01509 618700

Other Useful Swimming Coach Work Information

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