STA Award in Swimming Teaching

The STA Award in Swimming Teaching is for anyone looking to start their career in swimming teaching. The aim is to introduce the successful candidate to act as an assistant swimming teacher and can teach larger classes or advanced skills under the direct supervision of a swimming teacher qualified to certificate level.

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Qualification Number: 600/2481/1
Title: STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching (QCF)
Credit Value: 7 Credits


Qualification Number: R240 04
Title: STA Professional Award in Teaching Swimming at SCQF Level 6
Credit Value: 4 Credits

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership of Swimming Teachers Association (STA)
  • Hold the Safety Award for Teachers or acceptable equivalent
  • Hold the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate or acceptable equivalent

Qualification certificates will not be issued until all pre-requisites have been supplied. If requested pre-requisites are not supplied within 12 months of the course end date, the qualification will expire.

This qualification does not expire.
To remain as an STA-approved swimming teacher, and to receive the benefit of STA public liability insurance, holders of this qualification are required to:

  • Remain in membership of STA
  • Keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date with regular CPDs
  • Keep their pre-requisite lifesaving qualification in-date
  • Regularly update their DBS check

49 Notional Guided Learning Hours:

  • 28 Recommended Guided Learning Hours
  • 21 Non-Contact Guided Learning Hours
  • Understanding the Elementary Scientific Principles Relevant to Swimming
  • Planning, Preparing and Teaching Swimming
  • Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice
  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake poolside teaching during the course
  • As part of an external assessment, teach a 30 minute lesson to 4 learners
  • Complete a 30 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 7/10 per unit