Becoming a Swim Teacher  

by Pool Builders on 08-06-2013 in Articles

Have you ever thought about teaching your own swim lesson? Or maybe you can see yourself coaching the next Olympic champion. Well pools around the country are crying out for new teachers and as you can get paid as much as 10 an hour for as little as 5 hours work, it might be a good time to consider a change in career.

Courses start off with a level 1 but go on to level 3 and there are four disciplines in which you can take these which are swimming, water polo, diving and synchronised swimming. You can learn as many of these as you like but choose one to specialise in. Courses are typically priced at around Ã?,390 but there are bursaries available and is some circumstances you can have 100% of the cost covered for you. It's definitely worth enquiring about this. It is possible to get a swimming apprenticeship also which is a great guaranteed way to progress in the career.

You don't have to have any sort of training or even a passion for swimming to become a teacher although it definitely helps. You should however, be physically fit, responsible, ready to learn, have a good eye and be good at time keeping. A love of meeting people and a "way" with children are also preferable qualities for the job.

Becoming a swim teacher is very rewarding, coaching scared little children and watching them progress to become natural swimmers always leave a smile on your face. Even the older people who maybe weren't given the chance to learn to swim and have now decided to take the plunge and have lessons make you feel good about yourself.

You can be confronted with any number of situations whilst working as a swim teacher, it's important to have a good knowledge of first aid as pools can be dangerous if the rules aren't followed. No two days on the job are the same which helps to keep it very interesting and most teachers carry on with their jobs for a number of years.

Obviously this isn't going to be the right job for everyone and it's important to think through thoroughly before you undertake any training or position. If you still have an interest in swimming but don't want to teach then there are lifeguard courses that can be taken and all sorts of other opportunities for working in a pool environment.

There are many benefits to knowing how to swim, you can feel safe next to water, be confident and maybe feel brave enough to try out some water sports or take the kids to the beach. Taking lessons and learning to swim will fill you with a great sense of achievement, each badge and certificate you gain will help your confidence and self-esteem to grow.

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