Birthlight baby swimming

Birthlight Aqua Baby STA Training

Who is the course for?

The course is open to:

  • All qualified swimming teachers (including STA baby & pre-school holders)
  • Applicants without swimming qualifications, particularly if they have experience with babies

Applicants should be able to swim 25 metres comfortably without the use of swimming aids and be confident in submerging themselves. A CPR qualification is also highly recommended. Life Saving skills are required for those planning to work in pools without a lifeguard on poolside. Birthlight recommends the STA Safety Award for Teachers, it contains first aid, lifesaving skills as well as CPR including infant CPR.

Baby Swimming Level 1 (3 Days)

This is a three day intensive course that covers the period 3 months to mobile babies (9-12 months variable).

This course imparts birthlight’s internationally acclaimed baby swimming practices: relaxed holds and relaxed floats, swimming with babies, gentle approaches to submersion and progressive unaided propulsion in a supportive and friendly atmosphere of water parenting. Bonding between parent and baby is enhanced and the relaxed flow of the practices enhances communication. The course throws light on the opposition between enforced conditioning for the sake of life saving skills or submersion and gentler methods that free the innate potential of each child for swimming.

  • A wide range of adaptations and resources are offered to cater for individual babies’ needs and potential from 3 months to mobile
  • The birthlight practices facilitate babies’ transition from reflexes to voluntary movements and support overall sensory and emotional integration
  • Underpinning knowledge of infant physiology and development is presented in an easily accessible and directly relevant way linked with practical  water sessions
  • This course blends theory and practice: 2/3 hours pool tuition per day, with hands-on tutor input, is complemented by interactive debriefing and visual aids
  • An enjoyable and relaxed teaching style
  • Effective resources for creating lesson plans and setting up professional and enjoyable classes adapted to circumstances in different pools and communities
  • Whenever possible, two of the sessions on this course involve practice with guest babies.

How is this course assessed?

This course is tutor assessed with a practical session in the water and a short written assessment.  Coursework must be completed within six months following the course. Students are asked to complete a worksheet, a long question (this is optional but highly recommended to support your learning), 2 case studies (group and one-to-one, the one-to-one is optional for students who may wish to teach individual sessions), a mentor review of 2 of your classes, 4 class observations and a book/dvd review.  A 20 minute video of your class, to include entries, holds, submersion and swimming with babies (please use a static camera with unedited footage and no music).

What qualification is gained on this course?

On completion of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Training that entitles them to teach towards their case studies as probational teachers, valid for one year. On satisfactory completion of their course assignments, probational teachers gain the Certified Birthlight Baby Swimming Teacher qualification (Level 1).

Birthlight is the original training provider of Baby Swimming in the UK and around the world.


Baby Swimming Level 2 (2 Days)

This is a two-day intensive course, open to Level 1 Certified Birthlight Baby Swimming Teachers.

The special focus of this course is on mobile babies (9-18 months) and the dynamics of parent-baby pairs in baby swimming classes.

How is this course assessed?

This course is tutor assessed by means of a practical at the end of the course.

What qualification is gained on this course?

On successful completion of the Level 2 practical assessment, Level 1 certified teachers obtain the qualification of Certified Birthlight Teacher in Baby Swimming Level 2.

The Birthlight Baby Swimming Teacher’s certification at Level 2 is the full teaching qualification awarded by birthlight as a Professional Association.


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