In 2018, swimming teachers are in demand like never before. The Swimming Teachers Association (STA) conducted a recent survey, showing that 68% of leisure centres/swim schools in the UK, have been impacted by a large shortage of qualified swimming teachers, limiting opportunities to offer lessons. Alongside this, the STA’s 2018 Industry Swimming Teachers Recruitment Survey found that over two-thirds of leisure centres/swim schools in the UK have a large waiting list for lesson spaces due to this lack of swimming teachers. Many employers also said that they couldn’t find staff that are appropriately qualified.
It is said that leisure centres located in North, South East, East Midlands and Wales have taken the biggest hit as a result of the shortage, with nearly 71% saying they had a large amount of difficulty finding qualified staff.
What do you need to become a qualified swimming teacher?
All organisations will require you to have the Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teaching qualificationas a minimum before they can employ you as a swimming teacher. The first step is to attain the Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching)and then move on to Level 2.
There are also plenty of apprenticeshipsand other training opportunities that will enable you to gain the qualifications so that you can progress within the leisure industry. Swimming teaching is an ideal employment option for so many, and of all ages, part-time whilst at university, or flexible hours for parents.
At Swim UK, there are a number of ways that you can become a qualified swimming teacher. We offer Level 1 and 2 teaching qualifications that running across Sussex and Kent.