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

February 2019 promises to be packed with Development Opportunities for Swimming Coaches, Officials, Volunteers & Parents who would like to be involved in the amazing world of swimming!


Please check out these upcoming courses:


Herts Coach Education Week 2019

16th – 24th February 2019


A range of courses dedicated to coaches of all sports, including qualifications, sports nutrition, psychology and behaviour, This Girl Can in Herts, Safeguarding and Protecting Children and many more. If you would like to be involved in coaching or are looking to further your qualifications, this is a great opportunity to access courses locally.

Click here for infos.


Swim England (SE) Hertfordshire Development Weekend

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th February 2019


SE Hertfordshire will provide a range of free-of-charge courses dedicated to multiple roles involved in the world of swimming, including:

  • Coaches Development Day
  • Integrating Autistic Children in Mainstream Swimming
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Land training Course for Coaches
  • Judge L1, L2, L2S, Guide to being a Swimming Referee
  • Team Manager 1 & 2
  • Time to listen (Welfare Officers)

More courses will be added to the programme of events. To book your place click on the name of the course in the Excel file and you will be directed to the Eventbrite booking page.

  • Courses at Stevenage Leisure Centre

Stevenage Leisure are running a number of teaching & Coaching courses. Some courses may attract a subsidy from Stevenage Leisure. Please confirm with the centre. More information here.

Contact SwimMark coordinator for more information.

  • Courses at John Warner Leisure Centre

John Warner Leisure Centre, Hoddesdon click here for information and course listing.


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

  • Swim England

For more information please go to SEER website. For courses select ‘Education’ from top menu.

  • 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 Swim Mark 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 


For information on HSP courses click here select ‘Courses & Workshops’ from side menu.

  • 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 ‘courses & workshops’ page on:




 2. For Renewals only: scUK (UK Coaching) 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: https://www.ukcoaching.org/courses


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 volunteeradmin@hertfordsc.co.uk  as it’s needed for club records & our SwimMark file. Thanks.