CPD, Courses and Pre-requisites

Courses and Pre-requisites

Scottish Swimming will be releasing a new qualification, the Swimming Teacher Qualification (STQ), in April 2019. This will replace the UKCC Level 1 and 2 Teaching Aquatics qualification. Further details of the new course will be available early 2019.

A waiting list is currently being compiled in advance of the new courses being released. If you would be interested in more details once they are available, please Contact us.

Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ)

To take this course, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age at the commencement of the course
  • be a current member of Scottish Swimming
  • ideally be attached to a swim school or club where you can practice skills learnt on course
Early Childhood Swim Teaching (ECST) course

This qualification is for those wishing to deliver to children aged 0 to 5 years of age, including adult & child and preschool lessons.

To take this course, you must:

  • be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of the course
  • be a current member of Scottish Swimming
  • hold a Scottish Swimming Teacher QUalification / UKCC Level certificate for teaching aquatics or equivalent
  • hold a current and valid Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate (SPC).  Scottish Swimming run virtual courses (online) which members can access for free: book here

The cost of each course is:

  • £550 for Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ)
  • £250 for Early Childhood Swim Teacher (ECST)
  • £150 for Shallow Water Certification (Aqua Aerobics)

Full payment for each course must be made at the time of booking


Subsidies are available for the SSTQ through Scottish Swimming:

Subsidies are only payable once the course has been completed and a minimum of 90 percent of the course attended.  Full course fees must be paid in advance of the course regardless of any subsidy application being made.

Available course dates

View our calendar of available course dates:

 Course  Dates  Closing date for   applications  Location  Booking link  Course   code

 11th, 12th, 27th, 28th   April & 11th, 12th, 25th,   26th May

 4th April  Inverurie Swimming   Centre & Garioch   Community Centre  Click here  019APR012
 Shallow Water   Certification   (Aqua Aerobics)  15th June  10th June  Alford Community   Campus  Click here  NA

  21st June (evening),   22nd & 23rd June   (morning), 22nd, 23rd &   24th July and 12th, 13th   & 14th August 2019

  7th June   Westhill Swimming Pool   & Community Centre  Click here  019JUN018
 Deep Water Certification   (Aqua Aerobics)

 13th July

 8th July  Alford Community Campus    Click here  NA
 SSTQ Conversion   Course 

 8th, 9th and 25th July

 24th June  Peterhead Leisure &   Community Centre  Click here  019JUL005

Continual Professional Development (CPD)

We offer Continual Professional Development (CPD) workshops for swimming teachers and coaches.
The 2019 calendar of CPD will be available shortly.

 Topic  Date  Time  Location 
 Teaching Adult Beginners  Sunday 31st March 2019  11:00 - 15:00  Stonehaven Leisure Centre
 Deaf friendly swimming (online)  Available up to 31st December 2020  not applicable  Online - Deaf friendly swimming course
 Visually impaired swimming (online)  Available up to 31st December 2020  not applicable  Online - Visually impaired swimming course
 Disability swimming (online)  Available up to 31st December 2020  not applicable  Online - Disability swimming course


View the Scottish Swimming events calendar for CPD available across Scotland.

Aberdeen City courses- Please contact Sport Aberdeen.


Swim Aberdeenshire
Swimming Development Officer
Telephone: 01467 535246
Email: swimmingdevelopment@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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