Teaching Swimming Practice to Adults in Learn-to-swim Programmes (Level 2 accredited)


This is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module that can either be taken on its own or as part of a larger accredited Level 2, 3 or 4 qualification for swimming teachers. This module is fully accredited and certified through Qualifi, a UK regulated awarding organisation. This CPD opportunity, building on your pre-requisite, will deem you competent (at the time of successful completion) to deliver this specialist area.

In the UK, the number of adults wanting to learn to swim continues to increase. Teaching adults requires a different style and approach; some adults will have barriers that may limit or prevent them from participating. It is therefore important for swimming teachers to appreciate the factors that affect adults and can adapt their teaching practice accordingly.

Module Aim

The module aim is to develop the learner’s ability to teach swimming to adults in a learn-to-swim programme.

The purpose of this module is to develop the principles and practice of teaching adults in accordance with the requirements of nationally recognised learn-to-swim awards schemes for adults. The learner will develop their knowledge and practice of modified swimming strokes and skills for adults. Learners will be able to deliver planning, sessions and evaluation effectively. Furthermore, post-course planning, teaching and evaluations will be required as part of the evidence gathered.


This module has two learning outcomes with ten assessment criteria.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

 1. Understand the principles of teaching adults in swimming programmes
 2. Be able to plan, deliver and evaluate in a learn-to-swim environment

The learners will achieve competency in the learning outcomes by demonstrating their ability to:

 1. Evaluate two contrasting adult learn-to-swim awards
 2. Explain how to conduct lessons safely
 3. Describe how adults learn, the barriers take may prevent from participating and strategies to overcome these issues
 4. Explain how to adapt lessons to suit teaching methods from teaching from the children
 5. Describe a range of suitable strokes and skills and show different ways of modifications to aid the adults' progress
 6. Produce two scheme of works each for teaching adults
 7. Plan, deliver and evaluate a series of four linked sessions linked to one of the schemes of work, demonstrating progressive activities, suitable to the needs of the group
 8 Plan, carry out and evaluate two sessions covering a range of skills
 9. Deliver sessions that are safe, effective and where learners make suitable progress
 10. Evaluate as to the effectiveness of the teaching, reviewing the strengths and weaknesses


  Learners must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the module or qualification
  Hold any of:
   o ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher (RQF)
   o ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF)
   o STA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching (QCF)

Recognition of Prior Learning

Any other qualifications (overseas and earlier pre-QCF qualifications) will be considered on an individual basis for entry and relevance to this unit. Any learner who holds a qualification at Level 2 or above may be able to receive RPL for the specialist unit. It is likely there will be completion of work to ensure that validity and authenticity of the learner.


  This module is assessed through a learner produced portfolio of evidence and marked internally
  Part of the module portfolio will be complete on the course, the remainder will be completed in the workplace and submitted on completion for assessment


On successful completion of this module the learner can be awarded a unit certification by Qualifi in Teaching Swimming Practice in to Adults in Learn-to-Swim Programmes at Level 2 if taken as a single unit or gain credit towards a larger Level 2, 3 or 4 qualification for swimming teachers.

Next Steps
This module can either be taken as a standalone CPD or as part of a larger qualification leading to:

  Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Teaching Swimming and Aquatic Programmes (RQF)
  Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Teaching Swimming and Aquatic Programmes (RQF)
  Level 4 Certificate or Diploma in Leading and Developing Teaching Swimming and Aquatic Programmes (RQF)

For further information contact:

Sally Baldwin
(020) 8429 3905

(020) 8429 3905 or contact us
"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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