STA Award in Teaching Swimming

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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.

How Will the Qualification Benefit You?

  • Created by STA’s aquatic experts, providing you with quality training
  • Regulated by Ofqual and Accredited by SQA Accreditation
  • 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).

When You Get Your Qualification

  • 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.

To remain as an STA-approved swimming teacher, and to receive the benefit of STA public liability insurance, you’ll be required to:

  • Remain in membership of STA
  • Keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date with regular CPDs
  • Regularly update your DBS check.

How to Take Your Swimming Teaching Career Further

Once qualified, progress on your teaching pathway by achieving the STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming—the next step which meets CIMSPA’s employer-led swimming teacher professional standard.

Additionally you may wish to expand your swimming teaching portfolio by teaching those with disabilities or baby and pre-school participants with our People with Disabilities and Baby and Pre-School Award qualifications.

Additional information


27th – 31st May (York), 28th May – 1st June (Mirfield), July 2024 (York), 4th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th of August (Grimsby), 12th – 16th August (York), 28th Oct – 1st Nov (York), 16th – 20th Dec (York)

Assessment Information

This course includes a variety of assessment methods as detailed below:

  • Tutor Assessment – completion of schemes of work, lesson plans, lesson evaluation forms and practical teaching
  • Multi-choice question paper
  • External assessment of practical teaching – learners are externally assessed teaching a 30-minute lesson to 4 swimmers.

All practical elements must be completed and performed independently by the learner without prompting by the tutor.

The skills within the course and during the assessments must be performed in line with the most current version of the STA Award in Teaching Swimming resource manual.

The multiple-choice assessment paper must be completed in exam conditions, with the tutor or other approved person, acting as the invigilator. Learners must achieve a minimum mark or higher to successfully pass the multi-choice assessment paper. All learning outcomes and assessment criteria in the units must be achieved in order for the learner to be deemed competent and pass the course.

Remote Multi-choice assessments?

Some of our courses include remote multi choice question papers via a system called Cirrus. Where this is the case you also must ensure the following ready at your allocated assessment slot. Failure to do so will result in a resit fee of £50:

  • Stable internet connection
  • Working webcam or laptop camera – note a mobile device or tablet will not work
  • The most up to date version of Chrome with Admin rights available for the device
  • Mic, speaker or headset / earphones
  • Photographic ID.

You can make notes on plain paper.

You will be sent an email confirming the data and time and be sent an email by IATDE with your username and password and the link to the online assessment.

Once logged in you will need to:

  • Show your photo ID to the webcam (either passport or driving licence)
  • Move the webcam around the room to ensure there are no additional items that will aid you in the assessment.


While we hope this wont apply to anybody we are aware that sometimes nerves get the better of us! Where this is the case if a learner is unsuccessful of any part of the assessment process they will only have to re-sit the required element. If this is on the multi choice question paper then only the specific units that have been failed will need to be resat, not the whole paper.

Resits must take place within 6 weeks of the fail and incur a minimum charge of £25.


You’ll need to make sure you’ve met the following requirements before you attend your course:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Hold current membership of STA.

Learners must have all pre-requisites in place before the start of the course. Qualification certificates cannot be issued if all pre-requisites are not met before the start of the course.

For support with regards to additional needs please see our Reasonable Adjustment policy and contact us for support.

To be able to access and engage in this course you may need the following if it is being delivered remotely in part:

  • A computer, laptop, tablet or phone for viewing and editing documents (Word or equivalent, PDF)
  • A computer, laptop, tablet or phone sharing and uploading documents
  • A computer, laptop, tablet or phone which can access Zoom or equivalent and has access to a microphone and camera – which must be enabled throughout any remote teaching
  • Pen, paper, notepad as needed.

Payment Plans and Invoicing

Payment plans are available for all courses ran by in at the deep end!


If you would prefer we invoice and employer please contact us with the relevant information and we can arrange this for you.

No course materials will be supplied until a purchase order has been received.

Monthly Pay

Flexible monthly payments are available via GoCardless for a set fee of £10 and £1 per payment.

As an example somebody who had a course total of £275 and wished to pay over 5 instalments would pay £58 per month. This is made up of the £275 fee, £10 admin charge and £5 monthly payment fees giving a total of £290.

The following additional terms and conditions apply to flexible payments

  • Failed payments will be subject to a £7.50 admin fee
  • Places will be reserved once payment plan is set up via GoCardless
  • A minimum of £75 must have been paid before course materials will be sent out
  • The full and final payment must be made before submission of your work for certification
  • Refunds will be processed in accordance with our Booking Documents and additional information below. Any refunds will be minus the £10 admin fee and £1 per transaction fee
  • Any chargebacks to direct debits result in removal from course and a £25 admin fee to re-join.

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