You must be at least 16 years of age at the point of registration and should be comfortable to swim and participate yourself in the water. There are no other formal entry requirements for this qualification and learners are not required to have any teaching experience, although we advise shadowing or observing some local lessons so you have prior insight into the role of a swimming teacher.
Level 1 in Aquatics
ICON Level 1 Aquatics (Leading to certification of ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) (RQF).
This vocational qualification offers you a practical learning programme and will provides you with the skills and confidence needed to assist the teaching of aquatics at a leisure centre, swim school or club learn to swim programme and the introductory skills to plan, deliver and evaluate an independent lesson with the support and guidance of a more qualified teacher within your environment.
This qualification will provide you with:
An introduction to the knowledge, skills and understanding of high quality, technically accurate, modern, safe and effective teaching practices.
It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to actively support a more senior qualified teacher in the delivery of a lesson within a learn-to-swim environment whilst also giving you the practice and confidence to plan and lead an independent lesson with support and guidance from a senior teacher.
The practical learning programme is delivered via a mixture of classroom activities, simulated learning opportunities, lots of practical poolside based learning sessions and practical teaching within a live learn to swim programme. We strive for all our learners to #bemore and have the skills needed for their vocational role, so our courses value lots of practical experience in the poolside environment.
Once you have successfully achieved this qualification, you are eligible to apply for roles as an assistant teacher through employment or volunteering opportunities. Working with other others, and with more experienced and qualified senior, level 2 teachers will give you great experience and learning to develop and flourish in your role. To continue your learning journey, you could; complete some formal CPD workshops, or online CPD Webinars offered by ICON, continue your qualifications with other ASA qualifications, Active IQ Fitness qualifications, RLSS Lifeguarding, another sport entirely or progress onto the ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher (RQF).