Teaching courses:

STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching



Qualification Number: 600/2481/1

Title: STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching

Credit Value: 7 Credits



Qualification Number: R240 04

Title: STA Professional Award in Teaching Swimming at SCQF Level 6

Credit Value: 4 Credits



Qualification certificates will not be issued until all pre-requisites have been supplied. If requested pre-requisites are not supplied within 12 months of the course end date, the qualification will expire.

Validity of Award:

This qualification does not expire.


To remain as an STA-approved swimming teacher, and to receive the benefit of STA public liability insurance, holders of this qualification are required to:


  • Remain in membership of STA
  • Keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date with regular CPDs
  • Regularly update their DBS check

Length of Course:

The course may be run over 4 days, but can also be delivered over a period of weeks, with the minimum of each training session being 2 hours.

Mandatory Units:

  • Understanding the Elementary Scientific Principles Relevant to Swimming
  • Planning, Preparing and Teaching Swimming
  • Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice

Assessment Criteria:

  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake poolside teaching during the course
  • As part of an external assessment, teach a 30 minute lesson to 4 learners
  • Complete a 30 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 7/10 per unit