Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We've taken the decision to close all of our leisure centres, swimming pools, community centres, Turkish Baths, our two museums, the Mercer art gallery and tourist information centres.

This is with effect from end of business tonight (Friday 20 March) and these buildings will remain closed until further notice. The decision is in line with updated government guidance and reflects the need for us to do what we can to encourage greater social isolation in light of the spread of the coronavirus. If you are affected by these closures, there is no need for you to get in touch. If you are a member of our venues, having swimming or diving lessons or other regular activities, your membership will be suspended and you will not be charged for April or May. If you have existing bookings, you'll be contacted over the coming days.


Becoming a swimming teacher - Swim England qualifications at the Hydro

We currently offer Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in swimming. The ASA Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) is the foundation for anyone wanting to teach or coach a range of aquatic disciplines including teaching aquatics, aqua fit and disabilities plus coaching diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.

The first qualification you require for any discipline is the ASA Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teacher). If successful you can then proceed to Level 2 Swimming Teacher.

Level 1

The holder of an ASA Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teacher) is qualified to assist only. You will be able to actively assist a more senior qualified or licensed teacher/coach at any level, in the delivery of a prepared session.

Level 2

To work on your own without supervision (other than lifeguarding cover) you will be required to hold a ASA Swim England Level 2 Swimming Teacher Qualification. The qualification will provide and equip you with the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate teaching/coaching sessions.

Level 3

We don't currently run ASA Swim England Level 3 courses, however if you are interested in the coaching programme in a competitive environment, the ASA Swim England Level 3 certificate is the route to becoming a senior coach. It will enable you to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes to really get the most out of your athletes. You will be able to manage and lead appropriate physical and human resources to support all areas of the club programme.

For more information please contact us by emailing [email protected] or you can contact us online.

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Page last updated 23/03/2020