So you want to be a Swimming Teacher?

Being a Swimming Teacher can be a really fulfilling way to earn money. Not only do you get to teach people an invaluable life skill, but you can usually work hours to fit your lifestyle. So whether you want to do a few hours each week or start your journey to a long-term career in swimming, there will be an option for you.

How much can Swimming Teachers earn?

With GLL, Assistant Swimming Teachers earn up to £11.73 per hour and Swimming Teachers earn up to £16.56 per hour.

Do I need qualifications to work as a Swimming Teacher?

Yes – to work as a paid swimming teacher, you’ll need to be either STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) or Swim England qualified. 

GLL College runs CIMSPA-endorsed STA Award and Certificate Swimming Teacher Courses; click here for available dates.

If you’re already qualified, and looking for a job, click here.

What’s the difference between a STA Award and STA Certificate qualification?

The STA Award qualification concentrates on beginner and improver stage swimming and allows you to work in an Assistant Swimming Teacher role with GLL.

The STA Certificate qualification enables you to work as a Swimming Teacher teaching higher stages of swimming – but you will need to have your Award qualification before you move on to study for the Certificate.

How much does it cost to train to be a Swimming Teacher?

The STA Award course costs £315

The STA Certificate course costs £400

With swimming teachers earning up to £16.56 per hour (dependent on location), you should be able to make up the cost of your course in no time at all!

How long is the course?

The Award course can be completed in at least 5 days.

The Certificate course can be completed in at least 5 days.

You can opt to study the Award on its own or progress at a later date to the Certificate.

Do I need to have any other qualifications/skills to do the course?

No. You don’t even need to be a strong swimmer but you do need to be confident in the water! You’ll cover things like safeguarding as part of your course but some employers will also need you to do their own internal training.

Once I’ve qualified, how do I start working as a Swimming Teacher?

GLL College is part of the UK’s largest leisure operator GLL. GLL run the largest swim school in the country, teaching 1,000s of children and adults to swim, so there is always plenty of opportunity to work all around the UK. You can start work as a Swimming Teacher with GLL from 16 years old.

We’ve guaranteed a job interview with GLL for anyone who qualifies from one of our STA Swim Teacher courses. Speak to your course tutor during the course to arrange this.

Alternatively, visit GLL Jobs to apply for jobs directly.

The GLL Career Pathway for Swimming Teachers

Depending on your age and qualifications there are a number of different routes into teaching swimming and progressing your career in swimming with GLL.

Apprentice Swimming Teacher

13 month Apprenticeship completing NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification), STA Award and Certificate Qualifications. Opportunity to gain experience in lifeguard duties and swimming teaching. Click here to find out more about apprenticeships with GLL.

Assistant Swimming Teacher

For STA Award/Swim England Level 1 qualified individuals. An opportunity to gain experience supporting our Swimming Teachers deliver swimming lessons.

Swimming Teacher

For STA Certificate/Swim England Level 2 qualified individuals. You’ll deliver swimming lessons to pupils at all stages.