Teaching and Coaching Courses

Hertford SC needs swimming teachers and coaches. Club members & parents of swimmers please do consider coming poolside to share the rewarding experience of teaching your children to swim.

BEFORE booking a course, email SwimMark@hertfordsc.co.uk for more information.

Also speak to, or email the head coach on coach@hertfordsc.co.uk to arrange when you can help poolside to gain experience assisting teaching or coaching.

When finances permit  the Club will fund courses. This is subject to your commitment to teach or coach swimming for the Club. Email treasurer@hertfordsc.co.uk about this.


Please note a L1 teacher only needs to take half a L1 coaching course (ie the 4 technical units only) to qualify as a L1 coach and vice versa. The same applies to L2 teachers & L2 coaches taking L2 courses.

Upcoming Courses

- Herts ASA development weekend 24th & 25th February 2018 - more info

  • Courses at Stevenage Leisure Centre

Stevenage Leisure ‘Ascent Training Centre’ offer swimming teaching courses and more occasionally coaching courses . Some courses may attract a subsidy from Stevenage Leisure. Check this with the centre. Courses listing may be viewed on the training matrix or here.

To check whether additional courses are planned eg If Ascent Matrix course listing is out of date , or for any other inquiries  email ascent.training@sll.co.uk or phone Sharon Hunter on 01438 242636.

  • Courses at John Warner Leisure Centre

More information and course listing can be found here


There is another local organisation TRITONS which runs Swim England courses.

  • Swim England

Many coach development opportunities are outlined in the Swim England East Regional newsletter 

- read here. The Region have a 12 month rolling calendar of coach education/development opportunities. Many Free of charge. These can be found here.

Upcoming event -SEER Coach development day on 25th March (Free with lunch included!) - more info

  • Institute of Swimming (IOS)

The IOS is the Training arm of Swim England. They organise nationally a wide range of vocational swimming-related courses including swimming teaching and coaching courses. Several local pools including Haileybury sometimes host IoS courses. Their Swimming Teacher Courses (AKA Teaching Aquatics) dates can be found here. You can then filter the calendar for month/year. Courses regularly come up in Essex (eg Braintree), Herts and North London (Barnet Copt Hall, Edmonton). 


Using Hertford SC’s SwimMark IoS credit voucher

The club has some IOS vouchers which can be used towards payment for courses RUN BY IOS. (If course listed refers to registration via IOS online, vouchers can usually be used whereas if course is booked directly via Leisure centre they generally can't (eg Stevenage). For more information about availability of vouchers and which courses can be booked, please contact SwimMark Officer

Safeguarding Children & other Courses

  • Herts Sports Partnership Courses

HSP run the following seminars/workshops which may be of interest to teachers & Coaches :

scUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children (L1) 

Equity in your Coaching 

Coaching Disabled Swimmers

First aid 


HSP courses  here

  • Safeguarding Children Courses

It is recommended all swimming teachers & coaches attend ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ workshop and renew it every 3 years.

1. First time or renewals -Safeguarding Children workshops at Herts Sports Partnership (HSP)

Cost iro £35


Book your place online via:



2. For Renewals only: sc UK Online Safeguarding Renewal course 

For those who have already attended a ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ workshop (for Club or other organisation) which needs renewing there is an online ‘Safeguarding’ course run by scUK (Sports Coach UK) for renewals. This is the only online Safeguarding course accepted by Swim England. It can be done at home in your own time, takes iro 1.5 to 2 hours  and costs only £16 which you should reclaim from club treasurer. 

The link is: http://www.sportscoachuk.org/coaches/i-want-coach/elearning/renewal-safeguarding-and-protecting-children-sport


Everyone - Whether you renew online or are attending a tutor-led workshop in person please pay full workshop cost and reclaim from Club treasurer after completion.  Please email a copy of your certificate asap to SwimMark@hertfordsc.co.uk  as it’s needed for club records & our SwimMark file. Thanks.