Swimming teacher

Swimming teachers help people learn to swim, improve their swimming skills and how to exercise in water.

Potential salary
variable
Working hours
36 to 38 variable
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • teaching or coaching one-to-one or in groups
  • planning and delivering sessions
  • demonstrating swimming techniques and correcting faults
  • identifying ways to improve performance
  • making sure safety standards are followed
  • checking life-saving equipment is in working order
  • organising and supervising assistants and helpers
  • offering basic first aid

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a fitness centre or at a school.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and humid.

With experience, you could be a swim co-ordinator or lead swimming teacher, checking the quality of swimming teachers.

You could work as the head coach of a sports club, or senior coach with a regional or national team.

You could also move into sports development or youth work.

You can find out more about teaching swimming from Swim England and the Swimming Teachers' Association.

Data from National Careers Service.
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