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 and a theory assessment during the course. Coursework consists of one case study (minimum of 4 sessions), one class observation and one mentor feedback. It should be submitted within six months following the course.

The aim is to develop your teaching skills and gain confidence for the best delivery of your classes. Once the above is submitted and successfully marked, you will receive a Birthlight Certificate in Baby Swimming Level 1 to teach to 3-months old to mobile babies.

The next step is the Diploma in Baby Swimming which will enhance your general teacher qualification and add more value to your personal journey. This is obtained after successful completion of Level 1 (including its associated coursework) and Level 2 with additional coursework (long question, worksheet and a Book / DVD review).

What qualification is gained on this course?

On successful completion of the course and coursework participants receive a Certificate of Baby Swimming Level 1 that entitles them to teach this age group (3 months to mobile babies).

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 and coursework, Level 1 certified teachers obtain the qualification of Certified Birthlight Teacher in Baby Swimming Level 2. Teachers can go deeper in their knowledge and get a Birthlight Baby Swimming Diploma qualification by completing the additional coursework (long question, worksheet and a Book / DVD review).


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