Tutor training for the Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School

During October, STA delivered the first standardisation tutor training for the Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School. A select group of tutors from STA and Birthlight were taken through course content, resources and delivery expectations to ensure all the required content is covered to the necessary standard.

The continued partnership between STA and Birthlight saw both sets of tutors working together and sharing knowledge to ensure the Diploma course covers all areas of expertise and experience, ready for the launch in January.

“All tutors were incredibility positive about the course and are looking forward to delivering the Diploma in 2017,” said Kayle Burgham, STA’s Aquatics Technical Manager who carried out the tutor training.

“The new Diploma course focusses on expanding a baby and pre-school swimming teacher’s current knowledge and ideas, and explores why we do what we do. It has been designed to give teachers the in-depth knowledge needed to take their lessons to a higher level,” explained Kayle.

“The baby and pre-school swimming world is currently moving away from outcome focused lessons and really looking at teaching a baby / pre-schooler to develop, communicate and learn through play within the swimming pool. This approach is welcomed by Birthlight and STA, and the Diploma course will focus on child development and how they learn.”

Topics that will be covered in the Diploma are:

  • Gentle approach to swimming
  • Adults and their role
  • Communication
  • Toddlers / pre-schooler
  • Babies and pre-schoolers with additional needs.

Diploma candidates will also be expected to complete post course case studies and a portfolio to show they have taken this new knowledge and applied it within their lessons.   Courses begin in 2017.

STA Press Release



I always enjoy taking a break from tutoring and being the tutee and my latest training course did not disappoint.  I had been fortunate enough to be on the new Level 3 Diploma working group with the STA & Birthlight so had been involved in the development of this amazing qualification but actually sitting on the first tutor course where it was brought to life was very exciting.  I’ve always been involved with swimming, either competing, teaching or coaching and have a huge interest in anatomy and physiology, the science behind swimming, the properties of water and most importantly, a baby’s swimming journey to foster a love of swimming for life.  The latter has always been at the forefront of the work we do – children should love swimming, it should never be a chore or forced, there should be a love of the water, the teacher, the environment in general and there should always be a choice.  I’ve written articles on choice in the past and it still guides everything I do in my role at Puddle Ducks: babies and children should have a choice and with the nurturing guidance of a great teacher, a love of swimming will develop.  That’s why I was so keen to be involved in the development of the first Level 3 Diploma in baby and pre-school, especially when I discovered the STA were partnering with Birthlight on the qualification.  Myself and the co-founders of Puddle Ducks are all Birthlight trained and whilst the business has grown into one of the largest franchising swimming businesses in the UK, we are still true to our Birthlight teachings.  The Diploma course is an exciting addition to the STA offering and the course is designed to take baby swimming to the next level, not so much in technical areas but in how we work with children, recognising their needs and physical/emotional development.  The training will empower teachers, allowing them to fine-tune their observational skills to enable them to work with children and get the best out of them.  I am very excited about the STA and Birthlight partnership and supporting the work both organisations do.
Ali Beckman

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