Revealed! The Insider’s Guide to 3 Recognized Qualifications for Swimming Teachers in Singapore

So, you’re on the hunt for a swimming teacher for your child.

What’s the first thing that you might do?

Like most parents, you would probably ask friends for recommendations or personally search for a swimming teacher on Facebook.

However, what most parents won’t know is that not every swimming teacher is cut from the same cloth!

In fact, anyone can call themselves a “teacher” even without proper certifications for life-saving, first aid, or teaching young children how to swim.

With so many self-proclaimed “qualified” teachers out there, how do you know who to trust?

Worry not! We’re here to spill the beans on these insider tips to help you recognize the MUST-HAVE qualifications in swimming teachers.

Why Qualifications Are Important

Picture this: you wouldn’t let an unlicensed driver take your car for a spin, right?

Well, the same logic applies when it comes to entrusting your child’s aquatic journey in the care of a swim teacher.

Certifications aren’t just pieces of paper; they’re your child’s safety net, ensuring the teacher knows their strokes, rescues, and lesson plans.

Imagine entrusting your child to someone who doesn’t even know life-saving skills in the water.

You get the idea!

So, what are 3 of the most important swim teacher qualifications to look out for?

Meet the Mighty Trio: 3 Must-Have Swim Teacher Qualifications

Qualification #1: National Registry of Coaches (NROC)

Launched in 2003, NROC aims to elevate the standard and professionalism of sports coaching in Singapore.

Coaches under NROC are certified through the Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme (formerly known as the National Coaching Accreditation Programme or NCAP).

They are also required to hold First Aid and life-saving certifications, and are licensed to teach in a public or private swimming pool, or school.

Qualification #2: Swim Australia™ Teacher (SAT) OR Swim Australia™ Teacher of Babies & Toddlers (SAT B & T)

Conferred by peak swimming body SWIM Coaches & Teachers Australia, SAT is as an internationally recognized certification that prepares teachers to educate children from 2.5 years old and onwards.

Graduates are qualified to instruct non-swimmers through to stroke development swimmers.

The certification covers topics such as water safety, aquatic survival, swimming strokes, teaching excellence, and more.

To attain an SAT certification, trainees must also pass First Aid and life-saving courses successfully. This qualification will allow them to teach in private pools or swimming schools.

For trainees who are keen to pursue a career in teaching babies and toddlers, they may also choose to enrol in a conversion course that awards them the Swim Australia™ Teacher of Babies & Toddlers (SAT B&T) certification.

Qualification #3: STA Level 2 – Certificate In Teaching Swimming

Affiliated with UK’s Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA), the Singapore Swimming Teachers’ Association (SSTA) has maintained a strong reputation for over 40 years, providing training to hundreds of coaches.

Their Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming course readies teachers to independently instruct learners of all levels. This includes teaching swimming, lifesaving, survival techniques, and understanding coaching fundamentals.

Similar to SAT, trainees must also clear First Aid and life-saving courses, and will be eligible teach in a private pool or swimming school.


It would also be beneficial to know that the SAT, SAT B & T and SSTA’s Level 2 – Certificate in Teaching Swimming qualifications are recognized by the International Federation of Swimming Teachers’ Associations (IFSTA), a global professional body that promotes the highest standards in the teaching of swimming and other survival techniques.

So, the next time you’re searching for a swimming teacher for your child, make sure that your chosen teacher holds one of these certifications—or one that is recognized by IFSTA!

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