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Career Progression

To become a swimming teacher you don't need any experience of teaching or swimming, just a drive and passion to impart a life skill to others.

The STA route is widely acknowledged as the most efficient and high-quality route with both swimming teacher qualification sitting at level 2. 

Safety Training Awards, the awarding organisation of the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA). Is regulated by Ofqual and an awarding organisation partner of CIMSPA who set the standards for qualifications in the leisure industry.

Becoming a fully qualified STA swimming teacher with MXT will cost just over £800, including pre-requisites, membership and qualification fees. This is much more affordable than other awarding bodies and training providers, which can cost almost that much for participation in just one course.

The first step to becoming a swimming teacher is to book on to our STA Award in Teaching Swimming. To see our upcoming course see our events page or contact us to find out more. Before the Award course commences, we will ask you to become a member of the STA as this is your public liability insurance.

Upon successful completion of the STA Award in Teaching Swimming and gaining experience you can then progress to the STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming to become a fully qualified swimming teacher.

In some cases, we may be able to sponsor your course fees and even provide you with a paid swimming teaching position - please contact us for more information (terms and conditions apply).

Once you are fully qualified, you will have opportunities to specialise in specific areas of teaching, by achieving qualifications such as the People with Disabilities course and Baby and Pre-School Award.