STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Swimming Teaching

Baby and pre-school swimming teaching qualified instructors are able to seek employment in a wide variety of leisure facilities including private health clubs, school swimming pools through to large local authority leisure centres. As a baby and pre-school teacher you would be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating a series of progressive and fun swimming lessons. Teaching babies, toddlers and their accompanying adults a range of basic aquatic and safety skills such as floating, rotation, submersion and basic swimming strokes. You would be responsible for ensuring the lesson area and appropriate equipment was safe and promote good teaching and learning.


The baby and pre-school qualification aims to produce teachers that can teach aquatic activities, including paddle strokes to babies and pre-school children during adult and child lessons.

They are able to deliver the STA Starfish programme and the STAnley Series of STA’s International Learn to Swim Programme.

Target Learners

This qualification is for learners who wish to work with babies, pre-schoolers and their accompanying adults, and help them to develop, both as swimmers and individuals in the aquatic environment. There is no experience of working with children or teaching swimming lessons required. This qualification could appeal to parents looking for a career that fits in around their childcare

commitments, those interested in pursuing a career in the leisure industry. Those already employed within a leisure environment who are looking to progress their career or those who are already working as a swimming teacher who wish to offer lessons to babies and pre-schoolers alongside their current beginner classes.

Teachers Progression

Experienced baby and pre-school swimming teachers can expand their baby and pre-school knowledge further by progressing to the STA Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School

Experienced teachers are often employed as mentors for newly qualified baby and pre-school teachers, or take on the role of swimming co-ordinators within their swim schools. In addition, baby and pre-school swimming teachers who meet the pre-requisites can share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of baby and pre-school swimming teachers by becoming an aquatic tutor.

Alternatively, learners may move into teaching those with disabilities or beginner learners.

Industry Standards

This qualification has been designed in line with the following industry standards:

  • PAS 520:2015 Safeguarding 0 to 4 year old children within the teaching of swimming, including any associated professional photography – code of practice
  • STA Swimming Teaching Code of Practice.