Swim Ireland Teachers will introduce, develop and consolidate the eight Core Aquatic Skills.

These skills are made up of Entries and Exits, Submersion and Aquatic Breathing, Rotation, Floatation, Streamlining, Sculling, Movement and Propulsion and Co-ordination and Balance, and will lay the foundation for the development of stroke technique.

Swimming Teachers will also develop the four swimming strokes and create opportunities to ensure a lifetime of safety in the water for both adults and children.

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Course Information

Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teacher

This course develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as an assistant swimming teacher. It will enable you to actively support a qualified swimming teacher in the delivery of a planned learn to swim session.


Course Content

  • The responsibilities of a Swimming Assistant
  • Working under the supervision of a qualified Level 2 Swimming Teacher
  • The swimming pathway, fundamental movement, core aquatic skills and component parts of strokes
  • Scientific principles of swimming
  • What makes up a lesson plan, equipment and communications skills
  • How to identify anxiety and use of motivational techniques
  • Providing assistance in and out of the water


Prerequisites

  • Minimum age to attend this course is 15 years old
  • Active NVB Vetting/ Access NI (16 years +)
  • Safeguarding Level 1


Prices - Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €399

Online Module €125

Virtual Classroom €150

Practical €150


Prices - Non-Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €499

Online Module €150

Virtual Classroom €175

Practical €175


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Level 2 Swimming Teacher

This course develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as a Swimming Teacher. It builds on the Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teacher qualification and gives you the skills to independently deliver swimming lessons.


Course Content

  • The responsibilities and role of a swimming teacher
  • How the scientific principles of swimming impact on development
  • How to develop core aquatic skills and the four strokes
  • How to identify and correct common swimming faults
  • How to use a variety of teaching techniques and equipment to suit different needs
  • How to plan and deliver inclusive lessons for different levels of ability. Includes adaptations for swimmers with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Key teaching and management skills including class management and assessment, organisational skills, behaviour management, communication skills, and teaching methods


Prerequisites

  • Minimum age to attend this course is 16 years
  • Candidates must hold a Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teacher qualification
  • Active NVB Vetting/ Access NI (16 years +)
  • Safeguarding Level 1


Prices - Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €699

Online Module €250

Virtual Classroom €275

Practical €225


Prices - Non-Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €799

Online Module €275

Virtual Classroom €350

Practical €250


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Level 2 Babies and Toddlers Swimming Teacher

This course develops your knowledge, skills and abilities as a swimming teacher for babies and toddlers/pre-school children.

It builds on the Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification and gives you the skills to independently plan and deliver a series of baby and toddler swimming lessons.


Course Content

  • How early years development, stages of play and reflexes impact on swimming ability
  • How to introduce and teach the core aquatic skills in a fun way
  • The different supports and holds to use in lessons
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different types of equipment
  • How to plan, adapt and teach lessons which cater for groups with different levels of ability
  • Key teaching and lesson management skills


Prerequisites

  • Minimum age to attend this course is 18 years
  • Candidates must hold Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification
  • Active NVB Vetting/ Access NI (16 years +)
  • Safeguarding Level 1


Prices - Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €399

Virtual Classroom €225

Practical €200


Prices - Non-Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €449

Virtual Classroom €250

Practical €225


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Level 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder Swimming Teacher (ASDST)

The Swim Ireland Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification will allow you to access the Autism Spectrum Disorder Swimming Teacher Qualification (ASDST)

The course will equip Level 2 Swim Ireland Swimming Teachers with the knowledge and practical skills to plan and deliver lessons for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Course content

  • Understand Autism Spectrum Disorder in the context of swimming.
  • Be able to plan to deliver lessons to swimmers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Develop swimmers with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the use of appropriate equipment, resources, teaching methodology and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate motivational techniques to swimmers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Develop the health and safety awareness for you and your swimmer in and out of the water, during the swimming lesson.
  • Be able to evaluate your own performance.


Prerequisites

  • Minimum age to attend this course is 18 years
  • Candidates must hold Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification
  • Active NVB Vetting/ Access NI (16 years +)
  • Safeguarding Level 1


Prices - Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €200

Virtual Classroom €150

Practical €75


Prices - Non-Members

(exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)

Full course €250

Virtual Classroom €200

Practical €100


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Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is an essential element of being a successful Swimming Teacher. It is vital to keep up to date with the most current practices and thinking in relation to swimming and aquatics.

CPD helps with career progression and advancement, broadening your knowledge and equipping you with the skills to specialise in specific areas.

It also provides confidence and credibility by ensuring the professional standard of Swim Ireland qualifications are at a consistently high level.


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Licensing

Licensing helps raise, maintain and regulate standards of practice and help professionalise certain aspects and areas within the aquatics.

It also helps Swim Ireland reward and recognise those working within swimming, both as volunteers and paid professionals, for their achievement of qualifications.

Licensing is renewed annually and the following are required to maintain a teacher license:

  • Swim Ireland Associate or Club Membership
  • Read and accept the Teacher/Coach Code of Conduct on the Swim Ireland Membership Database
  • A passport sized ID photograph uploaded to the membership profile on the Swim Ireland Database
  • Vetting through Swim Ireland or Swim Ulster for Access NI (depending on the jurisdiction of where you are operating)
  • Sport Ireland/Sport NI Safeguarding Level 1
  • 6 CPD points

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