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Institute of Swimming launches New Recruitment Academy in De Montfort University QE II Leisure Centre, Leicester to solve teacher shortage

The Institute of Swimming has launched a new Swimming Teacher Recruitment Academy in QEII DMU in partnership with Start2swim Ltd in a bid to help solve a nationwide demand for swimming teachers.

The Academy, will give those starting a career as a swimming teacher – or those looking for a change of profession – the chance to receive training of the highest level at a fraction of the usual cost, whilst being matched with a potential employer.

The Teachers’ Academy gives people the chance to become a swimming teacher for only £79, and takes them through the Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (teaching) Course and Level 2 Teaching Swimming Qualification.

The Teachers’ Academy is a one stop shop for employers to source and recruit swimming teachers of the future. The trainee teachers will work with Start2swim Ltd to gain practical experience and valuable advice from mentors, ensuring they have the necessary experience for the role. The Institute of Swimming will manage the search and recruitment of trainee teachers while supporting them through their training on behalf of Start2swim Ltd, ensuring teachers who are trained to the highest level.

A recent report from Swim England discovered around 600,000 people in the United Kingdom are currently missing out on swimming lessons, with a national shortage of 8,000 swimming teachers. Leisure operators often have long waiting lists for lessons and a key factor to these failings is the nationwide shortage of qualified swimming teachers.

Rebecca Cox, Managing Director, Institute of Swimming says: “There is a shortage of new and available swimming teachers trained to deliver the Swim England learn to swim framework across the country, which means people are missing out on swimming lessons. It is critical for us to address this issue. Through our research we found the cost of the courses was one of the barriers in getting people interested and committing to the training. Teaching swimming is a very rewarding job with flexible hours, but the cost of qualifying can hold people back. We want this opportunity to be available to everyone.”

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The Institute of Swimming is the largest provider of Swim England qualifications and aquatics courses, training over 60% of all swimming teachers in the UK. They have over 35 years’ experience and offer flexible, industry-leading training, delivered by exceptional tutors.

Their courses cover teaching swimming, coaching, aquatic health and fitness, and pool plant. Quality is at the heart of everything they do as high quality courses and tutors lead to outstanding swimming teachers, coaches and aquatic professionals.

Their industry-leading online learning means courses can fit around work, lifestyle and learning needs.

The Institute of Swimming work in conjunction with Swim England and exist for the good of the sport; developing the best aquatic professionals is their priority.