Courses leading ASA Teaching Swimming qualifications

This page contains information on all of the ASA Swimming Teaching qualifications that Survive and Save Training offer.

For course dates and bookings go to the course diary.

Survive and Save Training are an ASA approved centre and are licensed to deliver qualifications in Teaching Swimming.

Note that The ASA have withdrawn all coaching qualifications and they are no longer available to new learners. Those that are already register on programmes have up to 18 months to complete their qualification from the date they registered.

If you are looking to develop your career as a swimming teacher or broaden your skills Survive and Save Training are able to offer Teaching Swimming Qualifications accredited by Qualifi at Levels 3 and 4 as well as a range of Level 2 accredited CPD modules. For more information on these programmes look at our Qualifi courses page.



Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching)

What is the Level 1?

This qualification is designed to be a practical qualification providing the learner with an introduction to the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to be a Swimming Assistant. It is recognised across the country as a Level 1 qualification which enables you to support teaching to a small group of participants under the supervision of a fully qualified Level 2 Swimming Teacher. It is important to note that a Level 1 qualification does not qualify you to teach independently.

How does it work?

The ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) has 15 learning outcomes and 21 assessment criteria covering both theoretical and practical aspects of becoming an assistant swimming teacher. The assessment is 100% coursework based with no formal written exams. The assessment is made up of three parts:

  Theoretical questions
  Observation record
  Review record

What next?

Check the on course dates and venues from the course diary

For more information about the ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) download the information sheet

ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course information



Level 2 Qualifications

What is the Level 2?

The Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification fully equips the holder with the skills needed to teach swimmers in a learn to swim frame working using the ASA Learn to Swim Framework or similar. It is designed to build and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities gained through your Level 1 qualification. This qualification allows the holder to work independently in a teaching environment. It is recognised across the country and enables you to plan, prepare deliver, monitor and evaluate teaching or coaching sessions to groups of participants of varying abilities.

At Level 2 Survive and Save Training can also offer the Level 2 Coaching Aquatic Pre-Fundamentals qualification which will allow the holder to teacher adult and baby/child classes for babies and children up to 4 years old.

How does it work?

The ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher has 16 learning outcomes and 28 assessment criteria covering both theoretical and practical aspects of becoming a swimming teacher. The assessment is 100% coursework based with no formal written exams. The assessment is made up of a series of components:

  Theoretical questions
  Lesson plans
  Lesson overview
  Observation record
  Evaluation
  Action plan

What next?

Check the on course dates and venues from the course diary

For more information about the ASA Level 2 qualifications download the information sheet

ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher course information
ASA Level 2 Award for Coaching Aquatic Pre-Fundamentals course information



Flexible Learning Packages

  Do you need/are you ready to fast track your qualification or simply have really limited time to attend a course?
  Do you want to gain an ASA swimming teaching qualification
  Do you have the desire and passion to succeed?

Then our personalised course packages are for you!

Who is the personalised route for?

  It's for learners with significant practical teaching experience who wish to obtain an ASA qualification.
  It's for learners who are not able to attend a course, and would like to fit the training in around their work and home life and their teaching commitments.
  It is even suitable for those of you who hold an ‘old’ ASA teaching qualification and would like to update it.

This programme is not suitable for you if you have no or limited teaching experience. In this case you will be recommended to complete the full course.

What is the personalised route?

  It is an accelerated programme to enable students to obtain the ASA Level 1 and / or Level 2 certificates for teaching swimming.
  This is achieved through a combination of distance or blended learning, without necessarily having to attend face-to-face training sessions.
  Training can be completed mostly at home and in your workplace.
  A tutor will be allocated to you to support, guide, and coach / mentor each learner through their programme.
  You will be responsible for managing your own work programme and submitting work to your tutor.

If this route is for you further guidance and applications forms are contained in these document:

Flexible Learning Guide
Flexible Learning/RPL Application Form



Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL is designed to allow those involved in swimming that already have skills, knowledge and understanding gained from continuous learning in the sport or other sports to achieve qualifications without the need to attend formal taught courses.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

RPL is a method of assessment that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirement for a unit through skills, knowledge or understanding that they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of learning.

This means that learners can be assessed against current ASA qualifications taking in to account their previous qualifications and teaching experience.

Importantly it must be noted that RPL is not a short cut to qualifications as you must achieve the same standards and criteria as those learners attending a taught course. This means that you must have significant experience before considering applying for this method of assessment.

Who is RPL for?

  Learners with significant practical teaching experience who wish to obtain a qualification that leads to the ASA qualifications
  Learners holding an 'old' ASA teaching qualification and would like to update it.
  Learners who hold an overseas qualification who wish to gain UK equivalent qualifications.

If this route is for you further guidance and applications forms are contained in these document:

Recognition of Prior Learning
Flexible Learning/RPL Application Form

"Excellent course that made the long journey worthwhile. I enjoyed this course very much and have gained considerable knowledge and understanding." - ASA/UKCC Level 2 Certificate for Teaching Aquatics - February 2012
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