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ASA UKCC Level 1 Swimming Assistant Teaching (RQF)

Become a swimming teacher

This is a teaching qualification that will enable successful candidates to actively support a more senior qualified aquatic teacher at any level in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.

You will have an understanding of the aquatic environment and a basic understanding of appropriate corrections to common aquatic faults.

We are supporting the ASA with their training and development of new tutors therefore trainee tutors may be attached to courses under the full observation of the lead tutor.

Upon successful completion of Level 1 you are then eligible to study for Level 2.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be 16 years of age at the start of the course. Candidates will be assessed on their practical work throughout the course by the tutor/assessor and will need to present written work in the form of the ASA Level 1 Aquatic Teacher Portfolio.

Structure of the Qualification

The ASA UKCC Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics comprises of 7 units, all of which are internally assessed by the course tutor. Candidates will be assessed through practical observations, written tasks and verbally via question and answers.

A full syllabus for the course can be obtained from British Swimming. Details of e-learning modules for stroke technique can be found at Institute of Swimming.

Cost and Dates

Level 1 consists of three separate sessions (one in March, one in June, one in September) which are held over three weekends as below.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to book a place please complete and return the application form with full payment. The course brochure and application form can be found under the dates below.

The cost of the course is £370.00 (This includes your registration fee for the course with ASA and portfolio).


Candidates who withdraw from a course within 14 days of the course commencing, or during the course, are required to pay the full course fee.

Candidates who withdraw from a course 14 days or more before the course commences are required to pay a £50.00 cancellation fee.

Further Information

Please ensure you bring with you to all sessions:

  • Photo ID
  • Appropriate poolside clothing (e.g. Polo shirt and shorts)
  • Swimwear and towels
  • Writing materials and paper

You will be expected to teach both in and out of the water and take notes.

Recommended reading

ASA – Swimming and Coaching Level 1; also: A Eakin – The Competent Swimmer; I Stafford – Coaching for Long Term Athletic Development; SCUK – How to Coach Sports Safely Coachwise; YMCA – Swimming Fundamentals Human Kinetics; A Miles – What is Sports Coaching; A Eakin – The Non-Swimmer from Pre-Swimming to Deep Water Safe

Level 1 Units

101: Understand the FUNdamentals of coaching / teaching sport

102: Understanding the principles of planning coaching / teaching activities in sport

103: Understanding the principles of conducting coaching / teaching activities in sport

104: Understanding the principles of evaluating coaching/ teaching activities in sport

105: Planning teaching activities in swimming

106: Conducting teaching activities in swimming

107: Evaluating teaching activities in swimming

ASA UKCC Level 1 Swimming Assistant Teaching (RQF)


March 2017 – Tutor: Karen Fenton

Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March

Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March

9.00am to 4.00pm

March 2017 course brochure and application form

ASA UKCC Level 1 Swimming Assistant Teaching (RQF)


June 2017 – Tutor: Karen Fenton

Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June

Saturday 10 June and Sunday 11 June

9.00am to 4.00pm

June 2017 course brochure and application form

ASA UKCC Level 1 Swimming Assistant Teaching (RQF)


September 2017 – Tutor: Karen Fenton

Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September

Saturday 16 September and Sunday 17 September

9.00am to 4.00pm

September 2017 course brochure and application form

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