Apply to be a Swimming Instructor

We are now working in partnership with Scottish Swimming and follow their National Swimming Framework which is being delivered in most local authorities and trusts, throughout Scotland.

We are also working with Scottish Swimming’s new qualification – this new SSTQ is an SCQF Level 7 on the SQA Board. Please see details of our upcoming course below (please note, this course is both online and at venue in pool):-

Venue – Barrhead Foundry (BHF) & Neilston Leisure Centre (NLC)

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Online Wednesday31/1/24 6pm8pm26pm8pm
NLC Thursday1/2/243.30pm8pm4.54pm7.30pm3.5hrs
BHF Saturday3/2/248.30am4pm7.59am12.30pm3.5hrs
BHF Sunday4/2/248.30am4pm7.58.45am12.15pm4.5hrs
Online Wednesday7/2/246pm8pm26pm8pm
NLC Thursday8/2/243.30pm8pm4.54pm7.30pm3.5hrs
BHF Saturday10/2/2411am4pm7.58.45am12.15am3.5hrs
BHF Sunday11/2/248.30am4pm7.58.45am12.15pm3.5hrs
Online Wednesday14/2/246pm8.30pm2.56pm8.30pm
NLC Thursday15/2/243.30pm8pm4.54pm7.30pm
BHF Sat/Sun17 or 18 Feb8.30am4pm7.58.45am12.15pm3hrs
Online Wednesday21/2/246pm8.30pm2.56pm8,30pm
BHF Thursday22/2/243.30pm8pm4.54pm7.30pm3hrs
BHF Sunday2/3/248.30am4pm7.512pm4pm4hrs
Please note: Any pre, during or post course shadowing, which you may be asked to carry out by the Tutor is UNPAID.

Teaching & Shadowing:

It is recommended that you shadow 5 hours before the course starts and that you continue to shadow during the course, to give you the experience necessary to teach children on your own. This can be organised by contacting Karen Baxter who will provide you with the appropriate centre co-ordinator’s details to arrange this. Please note, this must be carried out in either Barrhead Foundry, Eastwood High Sports Centre, Eastwood Park Leisure or Neilston Leisure Centre.

These teaching hours must be signed off by the teacher supporting you, or the lesson co-ordinator at the centre they were carried out in. The hours can be teaching at any level but a broad range of different levels are recommended. All of the above shadowing and teaching pre and post course will be unpaid, until you are fully signed off and ready to teach by yourself.

After the course has finished you may be required to complete further teaching hours before your qualification can be completed.

How to Apply:

If you are 16 years of age and over and wish to become a swimming instructor, please contact Karen Baxter in the first instance to see if spaces are still available on the course. If spaces are available, one will be reserved for you. Once the reservations are full, with a max capacity of 12 candidates, the course can go ahead. The cost of the course is £550, however, you must FIRST take out Scottish Swimming Membership, which costs £10. You cannot sign up for any courses and pay the £550 until you have done this FIRST STEP. Please only do so, if you definitely can attend all dates, as all monies are non-refundable. Guidance and instructions to sign up for your £10 membership can be found here. Once you have taken out your membership, you then have a “JUST GO” account with Scottish Swimming and you can then apply for any course. You will then be sent out the course link to join the course, however you may qualify for £100 subsidy and if you meet the eligibility criteria, then the £100 will be deducted off the £550 at the check-out and you will only pay £450. However you may not qualify and you will need to pay the £550 in full, so again please make sure that you wish to continue at this point as Scottish Swimming cannot refund.

To find out if you qualify for the £100 subsidy, you must log into your “JUST GO membership” account and follow these instructions which can be found here. Once you have completed these steps, you will then be sent the link to apply for the course, where the subsidy will be deducted off at the check-out. After signing up to the course, you will later be invited to carry out some online pre-requisite work, which should take no longer than 30mins to complete.

Please be aware that this course is NON REFUNDABLE and all dates MUST BE ATTENDED.

This qualification will enable you to source employment as a Swimming Instructor within East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust’s Swimming Development Team.

Contact Us 
If interested, please apply and if you wish to know any more information, please contact Karen on 07810756254

 This new SSTQ is an SCQF Level 7 on the SQA Board.


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