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Who is it for?

The STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching aims to prepare holders to teach, without supervision, pupils of all levels.


  •  Be of 17 years of age or older
  •  Hold current membership with STA
  •  Hold the STA Award in Pool Emergency Procedures or acceptable equivalent
  •  Hold the STA Award in Swimming Teaching or acceptable equivalent

 Hold either the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate (available online at or acceptable equivalent.

What will I learn?

The STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching covers:

  •  Teaching Swimming, Lifesaving and Survival Techniques
  •  Understanding How to Develop Participants Through Coaching Sport

 Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Sport.

What’s involved?

Course duration:  70 notional learning hours: 28 recommended guided learning hours and 42 non-contact guided learning hours

Course Assessment

The assessment criteria are as follows:

  •  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 20 minute lesson to 6 pupils
  •  Complete a 100 question multiple-choice paper with unit pass marks of 15/20, 15/20 and 45/60

What’s next?

On successful completion, the STA certificate qualification enables an individual to be a fully qualified swimming teacher.

This qualification does not expire and does not require revalidation however, to remain an STA-approved swimming teacher, all members must remain in membership of STA and attend or complete CPDs to continuously update knowledge and skills.

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