STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – People with Disabilities


People with Disabilities swimming teachers 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 people with disabilities swimming teacher, you would be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating a series of progressive and fun swimming lessons teaching learners a range of basic aquatic and safety skills such as floating, rotation, water confidence, swimming strokes. You would be responsible for ensuring the lesson area and appropriate equipment was safe and promoted good teaching and learning.

Qualification Objective

The people with disabilities qualification aims to train learners to teach aquatic activities to individuals and groups with most types of disabilities.

Target Learners

This qualification is for learners who wish to work with learners who have additional needs or a disability in specific disability swimming lessons 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, so 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.


Experienced swimming teachers may wish to take on a mentoring role within the workplace, become responsible for co-ordinating or managing the learn to swim programme or share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of swimming teachers by becoming an aquatic tutor.

Alternatively learners may wish to move in to teaching beginner learners and baby and pre-school learners.

Industry Standards

STA People with Disabilities Award references the following industry guidance documents:
PAS81:2011 Specification for the management of a swimming school
STA Swimming Teaching Code of Practice.