Training to become a swim teacher is an obvious, and logical, option.
In total, around 10,000 Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant and Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualifications are issued each year.
Amongst the recipients are thousands of competitive club swimmers, keen to pass on their expertise and allow youngsters to gain a similar enjoyment from the pool. Swim England Qualifications spoke to Stacey Millett (Taunton Deane / Wellington) about her journey to becoming a qualified swim teacher ater competing at County-level.
Stacey said: “Swimming Teaching is rewarding, you can see children grow in confidence and happiness as they learn new skills in the water. Teaching and coaching is needed all across the country and there are lots of opportunities to make a difference and to progress your own skills. Overall it is a career that is enjoyable, rewarding and fun!”
Interested in starting your career in aquatics? Join the Swimming Qualifications Facebook group and visit the Swim England Qualifications website.
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Asking the interviewer questions will enable you to learn more about the role and check if it is the right match for you.
Make sure you prepare your interview questions in advance. Remember, by not asking anything you could give the impression you’re not overly interested.
Be careful though! Don’t ask a question if it has already been answered during the interview. Here are some questions you might want to consider as preparation.
General interview questions
- Why are you recruiting for this role?
- What happened to the previous incumbent or is it a new position?
- How regularly will there be appraisals and performance reviews?
- What hours and days will you be typically required to work?
Swimming teacher interview questions
- What size group will you be teaching and is this likely to change?
- How many other teachers work at the school / centre?
- How much freedom will there be to plan lessons?
- Does the school / centre invest in training? If not, why not? How much scope is there for professional development and support?
- Will the role involve teaching across the board from child to adult and, if not, will this be a possibility in the future?
Swimming coach interview questions
- Ask about the club’s targets and expectations for the next few years. How many national qualifying times are they aiming to achieve?
- Are they hoping to increase the number of competitive teams at the club?
- How much support does the club have in terms of local funding and volunteer support?
- What links does the club have with local schools?
- Does the club feed into any other larger clubs in the area?
Lifeguard interview questions
- How many shifts will you be doing a week? (find out how busy you’re going to be!)
- How senior are the other lifeguards who work there?
- What lifesaving equipment do they have at the pool?
- How busy does the pool get? (Ideally, you will have visited the pool a number of times yourself so will know a bit about the centre already.)
- Will their be scope for promotion? (If pool centre management something you’re interested in, make it clear that you’d like to develop your career within the centre and eventually take on more responsibilities)..
- Are the teachers and coaches trained in lifesaving as well?
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Here are a few areas to think about when preparing for an interview for swimming teacher roles
- ASA Learn To Swim Pathway and the different stages of the four frameworks
- Games and activities you like to use
- The difference between teaching adults and children or disabled learners
- How to control a group
- Health and safety considerations while teaching
- How you would deal with pushy parents
- How you would develop specific strokes.
- How you would approach certain challenges in the role that might occur
- How you would deal with a new pupil joining the group half-way through a term
- How you would correct a common stroke mistake such as a screw kick
- You should be able to demonstrate an expert knowledge of swimming technique.
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Here are a few areas to think about when preparing for an interview for swimming coach roles
- Consider previous successes
- How you have built relationships with swimmers, parents and volunteers
- How you have worked with schools to attract new members and ensured club members continue into their teens
- Different sets you have developed
- Your relationships with other coaches and contacts within coaching
- Professional development and conferences or courses you have attended/would like to attend
- How you have worked with local schools.
- How many national qualifiers the club has had in recent years, the size of the club, results from recent competitions, the club’s website and online offering.
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