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Becoming a swimming teacher - Swim England qualifications at the Hydro

We currently offer SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) and SEQ Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualifications.

SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) is a practical qualification, giving the learners the skills needed to support a swimming teacher.

Learners must be 16 years of age or older on the first day of the course.

Successful completion of the qualification will allow learners to assist a qualified Level 2 Swimming Teacher in delivering high quality inclusive swimming lessons at a leisure centre, swim school or club learn to swim programme.

Assessment is made up of a series of component parts:

  • theoretical questions
  • observation record
  • review record

SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification builds on the level 1 qualification enabling learners to effectively plan, prepare, deliver and evaluate a series of swimming lessons independently. It also gives them the confidence to support swimmers with special needs and disabilities (SEND). Learners must be 16 years of age or older on the first day of the course. Hold a SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) or a Swim England Level 1 Award in teaching aquatics or an equivalent Swim England qualification certified after 1994.

Assessment is made up of a series of component parts:

  • theoretical questions (please note these questions will change during the life of the qualification)
  • observation record
  • action plan
  • lesson plan
  • evaluation
  • overview of a series of lessons

We don't currently run swimming coaching courses. However if you are interested in the coaching programme in a competitive environment, the Institute of Swimming (IOS) is the route to becoming a swimming coach.

The next scheduled SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course is due to commence:

Dates: Monday 30 November until Thursday 3 December 2020
Time: 9am until 5pm
Venue: The Hydro, Jennyfield Drive, Harrogate HG1 2RP
Course leader: Jan Brinkley
Course cost: £395

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

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