Teachers and teaching

All Aquarius teachers:

  • have undertaken Swim England training to level one or two
  • are insured with Institute of Swimming (IoS)
  • are checked with the Criminal Records Bureau
  • are expected to attend Child Protection courses
  • hold a current NRASTC Lifesaving Certificate
  • undertake continuous professional development

Our teachers are very experienced, and many have shown great loyalty to Aquarius Swimming, having worked for us for many years.

Most of them learnt to swim with us and took advantage of our in-house teacher mentoring before doing their ASA qualifications.

At around 11–12 years an Aquarius swimmer can apply for a position as a helper, and when this works out we are pleased to support their efforts which can lead be a Level 1 Teacher at 16 years old. Initially we will check we have a vacancy, when we have we will work with the new helper and do what we can support them. Up to 16 years old, all helpers have to undertake compulsory Staff Training, two sessions annually. Once they reach 16 they will be expected to take their NRASTC, National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches, if it is appropriate and our helpers appear to be progressing well, we will encourage them to take their Level 1 ASA Swimming Teachers Award. We don’t always have vacancies and sometimes have more potential Level 1 teachers than we have teaching posts, but we do seem to eventually get everyone into the right slot.

Read our National Plan for Teaching Swimming parental guide.

Read our Safeguarding Policy.

Latest news

New babies and toddlers swimming classes

Currently we have two opportunities during the week during term time for adults to come along with their babies and toddlers for swimming lessons. Starting from November 2018, we're adding Saturday mornings. Saturday Oakhyrst Grange School, Stanstead Road Caterham....

Still Water exams

Teachers Charlotte, Cathy and Kate took 22 swimmers to Southwater, West Sussex to join the Surrey RLSS in a day of swimming in the cold murky waters of the boating lakes. We very much admired the hard work and stoicism of our swimmers who despite the cold environment...

BEACH WEEKEND, Eastbourne, Summer 2018

We all really enjoyed our beach weekend at Eastbourne. Families stayed down booking into a local hotel so a genuinely social and hard working weekend was enjoyed by all who attended. Our swimmers Maria Alongi, Caris Carpenter, Alex Jones and Erin Mullins were Aquarius...

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