SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming to Babies and Toddlers


The SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming to Babies and Toddlers replaces the Swim England Level 2 Teaching Pre-School Swimming Qualification.

You will learn about:

  • The legal requirements and safety considerations for teaching swimming to babies and toddlers
  • The responsibilities of a baby and toddler swimming teacher
  • The role of the baby and toddler swimming teacher in promoting aquatics
  • What makes up a lesson plan, equipment and communications skills
  • How to identify anxiety and use of motivational techniques
  • Core Aquatic Skills needed in baby and toddler swimming lessons
  • The type of assistance you can provide
  • Identify your next career steps

By the end of this course, you will be able to independently plan, prepare, deliver and evaluate a series of baby and toddler swimming lessons.

“The key to the qualification is that it gives learners a great understanding of children of this age – how they develop, how they learn and how that is fundamentally different to the five-year-old swimmers they will work with within the Learn to Swim programme.”

– Catherine Butt, Swim England Educator

Qualification Time

  • 60 hours (56 face-to-face guided learning hours)

Entry Requirements

  • be 16 years of age or older on the first day of the course
  • hold the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification (or equivalent)


  • Theoretical questions
  • Observation record
  • Review record

This qualification is not graded. You will either pass or be referred.

If you’re already a qualified swimming teacher, you do not need to complete the full learning criteria as some aspects will have been covered in the SEQ Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification. To see the condensed summary for this qualification, click here.

Next Steps

Once qualified, your next step is to become a swimming teacher for stages 1-7 of the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework.

Browse our Level 2 teaching swimming qualifications here.