Courses and Qualifications


All face to face courses, delivered by Scottish Swimming, are postponed until the end of June, when a further review of the ongoing COVID-19 siutation is reviewed and further information is provided by the Government.


We are constantly reviewing the situation and working with Course Organisers/Tutors. We will make another decision regarding the running of education courses towared the end of June.

If you are currently enrolled on to a course/CPD, please liaise directly with your Course Organiser in the first instance. 

** SQA Certificate Delay**

Please note that due to the nationwide lockdown, SQA have been unable to dispatch certificates since the 17th March 2020, as their printing facilities are closed.

Therefore. any candidates who have completed their qualification during this period and ongoing, we are afraid their certificates will be delayed

The Scottish Swimming education team will continue to add qualifications to candidates Scottish Swimming Azolve membership profile during this time so candidates will receive a email notification confirming this.

Please contact should you have any further queries. 



Scottish Swimming no longer deliver UKCC Teaching qualifications, thus the deadline for completion for any incomplete candidates is 31st December 2019. Should this deadline be missed candidates will be required to attend a Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ) Conversion course.

PLEASE NOTE this does not apply to Coaching qualifications as these are still delivered by Scottish Swimming. 

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We are pleased to announce that the New Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ) is now ready for delivery (As of 1st April 2019). 

The new Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ) is the industry standard for those who wish to teach unsupervised to groups of swimmers with a range of abilities and is essential for seeking employment as a swimming teacher. This qualification is achieved from a practically-based course and will allow you to gain the necessary skills and experience prior to progressing to an aquatics working environment. It will support your ongoing learning and development ensuring that you are fully prepared to deliver high quality lessons.

As part of the new qualification there is a pre-course module; Swim Right (mandatory) that is required to be completed prior to attending the first day of the course.

For those with an existing Level 1 or higher qualification Scottish Swimming have also developed a Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ) Conversion course. 

This Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification SSTQ Conversion course is suitable for candidates who have an existing Level 1 Teaching qualification or higher. Candidates will be issued with a Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ) upon completion of this course. It is expected that individuals applying to do the Conversion Course will be practicing teachers with reasonable experience since becoming qualified. 

For further details please see our Events Calendar 

Please note that the registration of all other aquatic courses will remain unaffected. 

Aquatics courses/qualifications are currently available in the following areas

  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Coaching Swimming
  • Levels 1 and 2 in Coaching Water Polo
  • Levels 1 and 2 in Coaching Synchronised Swimming
  • Levels 1 and 2 in Coaching Diving

Please see course syllabus details (linked to the right of this page) for full information and pre-requisites.