- 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.