How to Become a Pro Instructor

Becoming a professional instructor can be just as rewarding as becoming a professional swimmer and winning medals. Many instructors around the world do both as they know what is required to do every stroke perfectly and the lifestyle you need to follow. Doing just one of these can be a full-time commitment and very rewarding at the same time. To ensure you perfect each of these to the best of your ability, we recommend focusing on just one of them at a time.

There is no reason why you can’t be a coach and train yourself at the same time, but once your team starts to join events you will find yourself torn between your team’s championships and the ones you are interested in. Being a coach will require you to be there for your team and motivating throughout the championship. Chances are that more than one swimmer in your team will be taking part in the same championship.

There are various other key aspects that need to be considered when you are starting out as a coach. These will give you a better idea of the requirements and the things to do in case of emergency.

Join Organizations

There are many benefits to joining an organisation, including updates on upcoming events, communicating with our coaches and finding out all the various swimming techniques, new championship rules and other ways to improve your team’s performance.


These organisations are available around the world with various benefits for you and your team. Joining more than one of these organisations could also be beneficial especially in the beginning.

Safety Certification

This is definitely one of the most important steps you need to consider as a coach. Most coaches teach children right through to adults the various techniques of swimming. For this reason, it’s important to have various certificates for CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard. Not only will the certifications allow your students to trust you more, but they will also give you the knowledge needed in case are emergency.

Small distractions are all around especially when more people start enjoying your lessons. Life threatening accidents happen within seconds and will require you to react even faster when they do.

Coach Certification

There are many ways that you can do your certification to becoming a qualified coach. Various online courses as well as home courses are available. Both of these courses will require you to complete the test and score above a certain level to pass. The higher you score, the better your qualification will be. Not only will you learn a lot from the courses you take, but this will also be a key marketing tool to attract new members.

Pay Attention

There is nothing worse than a coach not paying attention to his lessons. This usually causes the learners to take much longer when learning a new stroke and small accidents happen the whole time.

Take the time to evaluate your learners so you can provide them with the correct methods to improve their individual skills. This will also increase the amount of learners you have as parents and other adult learners usually go on about a great class.