Is becoming a swim instructor worth it?

Is becoming a swim instructor worth it?

Being a swim instructor can be a very rewarding job, but a stressful one. If you are more inclined to teach, becoming a swim instructor might be better suited, but if you are more disposed to watch out for the safety of others, a lifeguard role may be the better position.

What do you call a swim teacher?

Also known as swimming teachers, swim instructors help children and adults develop proper swimming techniques. They may also coach swim teams and help more advanced swimmers enhance their swimming abilities.

What is a Level 3 swimmer?

You are in Level 3 – Stroke Development if you can: Open eyes underwater and retrieve underwater objects. Front and back float without support. Flutter kick on front and back. Swim short distances in deeper water.

How does a WSI maintain their certification?

To be recertified as a Water Safety instructor, instructors must: 1. Teach or co-teach at least one qualifying course of record during their certification period. 2. Successfully complete the Water Safety Instructor Recertification Assessment within 90 days prior to their expiration date.

What makes a great swim instructor?

A swim instructor should not only have expert knowledge in swimming but great interpersonal skills as well. Each student is different and a great teacher will be able to relate and adapt for each student’s level and personality. It’s a great sign if the instructor holds a lifeguard certification as well.

What is the difference between a coach and a swimmer?

The fact that we use Swim Teacher and Swim Coach interchangeably is reflective of a bigger problem….SWIM TEACHER Vs SWIM COACH.

Teacher Coach
Objective Enjoy the water and stay safe Swim faster
Target group All students, irrespective of age or ability Talented swimmers

How many levels in swimming are there?

It is the most widely known part of swimming lessons for children and is the backbone of swimming lessons for primary school aged children. Each of the seven stages of the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework has a clear set of targets for the pupil to meet so they can get to the next stage.

What is LGI certification?

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Course certifies successful graduates to teach all ARC lifeguarding courses including first aid and CPR/AED skills.

What does Cola stand for in WSI?

COLA (Check–Organize–Lead–Assess) is an approach that can help you plan effective lessons that meet the needs of your participants and help them to achieve their goals.

What qualifications are needed to be a swimming instructor?

You’ll need:

  • leadership skills.
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses.
  • customer service skills.
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things.
  • excellent verbal communication skills.
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues.

What is Sta certificate?

The STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming qualification expands on the teacher’s expertise to include competitive strokes, survival and rescue skills, diving, and competitive starts and turns—allowing teachers to deliver swimming lessons from non-swimmers through to advanced participants.

Do you need a qualification to teach swimming?

You can qualify as a swimming teacher by doing Level 1 and Level 2 teaching qualifications awarded by Swim England or the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA). These qualifications will allow you to teach non-swimmers, improvers and people looking to learn advanced swimming skills.

What skills do you need to be a swimming instructor?


  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude towards swimming.
  • Good communicator.
  • The ability to inspire confidence and motivate swimmers.
  • Perseverance and patience.
  • The ability to encourage people and put them at ease.
  • An understanding of how to differentiate in a teaching session.

What makes a good swim teacher?

The ability to inspire confidence and motivate swimmers. Perseverance and patience. The ability to encourage people and put them at ease. An understanding of how to differentiate in a teaching session.

What is the highest level of swimming lessons?

Learn to Swim Levels

  • Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills – Age: 3+
  • Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills – Age: 4+
  • Level 3 – Stroke Development – Age: 5-6+
  • Level 4 – Stroke Improvement – Ages: 7-8+
  • Level 5 – Stroke Refinement – Ages: 9-10+
  • Level 6 – Swimming & Skill Proficiency – Age: 11+

What is the highest level in swimming?

Level 6 – Stroke Perfection and Swimming Proficiency.