Swimming teachers/coaches, give instruction in swimming to people of all ages and abilities.
They may work with complete beginners, with competent swimmers wanting to improve their style, or with competitive swimmers involved in national and international swimming competitions.
Swimming teachers/coaches often have to work evenings and weekends, when many people participate in recreation. Those involved with training competitive swimmers have to be present at training sessions and competitions, often resulting in long working hours at unsocial times. This may also involve a large amount of travel. Many swimming teachers/coaches work part-time.
Teachers/coaches work in various settings, including schools, health centres, private health clubs and swimming clubs.
To be a swimming teacher/coach you should have:
Whilst demand for swimming teachers/coaches is high, full-time paid jobs are very scarce. Vacancies are to be found with local authorities, outdoor pursuits centres, holiday camps, private hotels, large sports clubs and sports centres.
Many teachers/coaches begin by working part-time in a voluntary capacity. Professional sports coaching is very competitive and coaches will be judged by the success of the individual or team they coach. Most teachers/coaches are paid according to the number of hours they teach.
Currently there is a growth in sports development and some swimming teachers/coaches progress to becoming swimming development officers.
If you would like to know anything about Swimming Teacher/Coach that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Swimming Teachers' Association (STA)
Tel: 01922 645097
77-91 New Oxford Street
Advice line: 08000 933300
Sports Coach UK
114 Cardigan Road
Tel: 0113 274 4802