How to get certified to teach swimming lessons: The complete Guide

Apart apart from the many benefits of swimming you can also make some side income from your swimming skills teaching swim lessons to people who want to learn how to swim.

This is a fun and easy way to make some extra cash for yourself because during the swim season there are a lot of people looking to become better swimmers and get some swim lessons.

So with the right certification and documents in place you can absolutely become a certified swim coach and make some extra cash.

In this article, I will be showing you how to get certified as a swim coach and how you can start attracting clients to your new business.

Steps to becoming a certified swim coach

How to get certified to teach swimming lessons

1. Become a member of at least one certified reputable Nationally recognised organisation.

 This is the first step you need to take to become a certified swim coach

Basically you want to make sure that you become a member of a reputable recognised swim association in the country.

Here are a list of some  reputable organisations you can join

  • American Swim Coaches Association 

  • United States Swimming

  • United States Swim School Association

  • National Drowning Prevention Alliance

  • World Aquatic Babies and Children's Network.

 How to become a member

To become a member of any of this association is quite easy.

For example let's take the American Swim Coaches Association as a case study.

To become a member all you need to do is go online to their website,  click on the join now button and select if you are a US or an international coach.

Doing this will ensure that you get the right documents according to whichever category you belong to.

So let's go ahead and pick the USA category 

On the next page you are presented with a signup form to select which membership plan you would like to choose.

So looking at this page I see that there is an annual membership fee that comes with different  different benefits when you pay annually

Also there are different membership categories.

So for example there is the gold  plan, the silver plan and the normal annual membership.

Depending on your pockets and whichever one you  cant afford, then it is up to you to make your choice.

One thing about being a member of such a recognised association is that the certificate that you get improve the chances of you being hired by your clients when you start your own business.

So if you are serious about being a trip certified swim coach,  then you should absolutely take this serious and become a member of such an organisation. 

2. Become safety certified

As you know accidents do happen especially in a water related activities like swimming.

This is why it is absolutely necessary that before you  become a certified swim coach, you also need to become safety certified.

Doing this will ensure that in the event that an accident happens you are perfectly capable to rescue the situation and ensure that no permanent damage.

At the very least you want to insure that you get a certification in CPR

If you are teaching infants and children as well you want to make sure you get a specialised certification in infant CPR

With everything being online these days there are so many websites which you can easily get such certificate from.

To make it easy for you,  I found this one website where you can easily get your certificate online simply by making a few payments and answering some questions.

Another certification you need to get is basic and advanced first aid training

A first aid certification ensures that you are well equipped and have the necessary skills to deal with emergencies as they arise.

For example let's say during one of your swimming classes,  a clients suffers a bruise or cut.

It is your job as the training instructor to be able to easily deal with such a situation as it happens.

One trusted and reliable source from which you can get your first aid certification is the Red Cross 

To learn more about them simply visit the link above you can get more information on how to become a certified first aid trainer.

Lastly you want to insure that you also get a certification as a lifeguard.

Like I said earlier accidents do happen especially in water related exercises and activities.

When you are properly trained as a lifeguard,  you are confident that you can deal with any accidents that happens while you and your clients are in the pool

3. Become a certified coach or trainer.

To become a certified swim coach,  you need to take some courses.

The american sports effectiveness program has some terrific courses which you can take online to become a certified swim coach.

Also the american swim coaches association has a whole lot of interesting courses which you can also take online to get that your swim certification.

So you want to check online or in the yellow pages to see which courses are available to you and where you can get them

4. Commits to continuously educating yourself and getting more knowledge

After getting your swim coaching certification,  you want to make sure that you continuously educate yourself And gain more knowledge about the business.

The best way to do this is to go online and read  articles and publications about how you can be a successful swim coach trainer. 

How to get clients for your business

The next thing you need after becoming a certified swim coach trainer is clients to patronise you.

So how do you do this?

How do you get the word out there that you are open for business?

Here are some tips which you can use to ensure that you get your first customer within the next 30 days

  • Print flyers and bulletins within your neighbour and distribute them during events and networking activities.

  • Go to schools and organisations and give talks on the health benefits of swimming and then pitch your business at the end of the talk

  • If you have a website then you need to build out a blog and right quality contents about swimming and swimming activities.  doing this will position you as an authority in your neighbour and people will seek you out try your services.

  • Finally organise talks and shows around your neighborhood about the health benefits of swimming, working out in the pool  and how kids who learn how to swim early grow up into better adults. At the end of such talks you pitch your business and give a discount for people who sign up immediately.

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