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Swimming Teacher Courses

The East Riding Of Yorkshire Council has 11 qualified STA Tutors who are able to deliver a variety of Aquatic Teaching Qualifications. Courses run at all swimming pools across the East Riding. See the course timetable for information on when the courses are running.

Swimming Teaching Qualifications

Aquatic Teaching Foundation Unit (ATFU)

The Aquatic Teaching Foundation Unit (ATFU) is a Common Unit that covers the core knowledge that is required for all STA Aquatic Teacher training courses. It will normally be delivered as a part of a qualification training course. 

Candidates who have successfully completed any one of the above aquatic teacher training courses will hold the ATFU, which is a unit common to all courses. They need only undertake the training, and be assessed, for the necessary additional units to be certified for additional qualifications.

STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming - Beginners (STC[B])

Holders of the STC[B] can teach up to 10 beginners, they may also act as an assistant teacher and may teach larger classes or advanced skills under direct supervision of a suitably qualified swimming teacher. 

Candidates must be at least 16 years old at the time of the examination, hold an acceptable life saving qualification and attend an STA course of instruction that will have a minimum duration of 20 hours. Candidates must attend for at least 18 hours. 

Candidates are assessed during the course and take a practical teaching examination and a written theory examination at the end of the course.

STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming - Full (STC[F])

Holders of the STC[F] can teach without supervision, pupils of all levels.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of the examination, hold an acceptable life saving qualification, hold the STC[B], or an acceptable equivalent and attend an STA course of instruction that will have a minimum duration of 26 hours. Candidates must attend for at least 22 hours. 

Candidates are assessed during the course and take a practical teaching examination and a written theory examination at the end of the course.

Aquatic Teaching Qualifications

STA Level 2 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching - Aquacise (ATA)

Aquacise Teachers are qualified to take aqua sessions for most ability ranges and all fitness levels from the beginner to the athlete. 

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the examination and attend a course of instruction for a minimum of 26 hours out of a total course duration of at least 28 hours including the ATFU. 

Candidates are assessed during the course and take a practical teaching examination and a written theory examination at the end of the course.

STA Level 2 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching - Baby and Pre-school (BPC)

Baby & Pre-school Teachers are qualified in the special skills required to introduce babies and very young children to aquatic activities. 

Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of the examination and attend a course of instruction for a minimum of 22 hours including the ATFU. 

Candidates are assessed during the course and take a practical teaching demonstration and a written theory examination at the end of the course.

STA Level 2 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching - Special Needs

Special Needs Aquatic Teachers are qualified to teach basic aquatic skills to and understand the correct care and handling of, those with special needs; they are also qualified to assist in the teaching of strokes. Teachers who wish to teach strokes and advanced aquatic skills must hold an approved swimming teaching certificate. 

Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of the examination and attend a course of instruction for a minimum of 24 hours including the ATFU. 

Candidates are assessed during the course, take a written theory examination at the end of the course and are assessed whilst teaching.

STA Level 1 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching - Special Needs Teaching - Assistant

Alternatively, candidates who are at least 16 years old may attend the above course of instruction for a minimum of 12 hours and undertake the practical assessment only. They will be qualified to act as a helper to a qualified Special Needs Aquatic Teacher.