STASTA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching

Holders of the STA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching can teach, without supervision, pupils of all levels.


  • 17 years of age or older.
  • Current membership of STA.
  • Hold the STA Level 1 Award in Pool Emergency Procedures or acceptable equivalent.
  • Hold the STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching or acceptable equivalent.
  • Hold either the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
    certificate (available online at or acceptable equivalent.

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
  • Keep their pre-requisite lifesaving qualification in-date
  • Regularly update their DBS check
STA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching

STA Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Teaching

Length of Course

Course Contact Hours: 35 Hours
Pre-Course Assignments: 20-25 Hours
On-Course Assignments: 10 Hours

Total Course Hours: 70 Hours

Course Information

Units studied include:

  • Teaching swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques.
  • Understanding how to develop participants through coaching sport.
  • Understanding the fundamentals of coaching sport.


Candidates must complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor as well as undertaking poolside teaching during the course.
There will also be an external assessment where candidate must:

  • Teach a 20 minute lesson to 6 pupils.
  • Complete a 45 question multiple choice paper with a unit pass mark of 11 out of 15 per unit.