Coach Education Courses

Is it time for a career change or a new challenge? Have you considered a career in sports teaching/coaching? 


We run a wide range of teaching, coaching, lifeguard, first aid and professional qualification courses. All are taught by highly skilled and motivated tutors. 

There’s something magical about a good teacher. A person who can transform adults and children into swimmers or divers. Edinburgh Leisure run a series of professional qualification courses for those looking to become aquatics based coaches or for those who wish to further develop their careers as a coach.  

Swim/Dive Teaching

Whether you are looking to become a qualified swim teacher or dive coach, or develop your skills and knowledge, we have a range of accredited courses on offer.

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First Aid Courses

All of our First Aid courses are accredited by Ofqual and presented in association with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), which ensures your qualification is recognised nationwide.

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RLSS Courses

Are you interested in a job as a lifeguard? Or want to learn lifesaving skills? We hold regular Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) courses around Edinburgh.

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This workshop will provide you with a unique opportunity to gain skills, confidence and experience, and it is a great way to expand your career options. It is designed to give you insight into the roles and responsibilities of a swimming teacher, and upon completion we can help you find volunteering opportunities, working alongside our skilled swim teachers, to continue to increase your experience and knowledge.

What you need to know: 

  • This is a 2 day workshop which will cover practical learning on poolside, as well as classroom learning.
  • It costs £100. 
  • The minimum age to take part is 14 years. 
  • You do not need any prior experience or qualifications to sign up. 
Follow the link below to go to the 'Aquatics Teacher Training' courses and find out more or book online.


Our Development Courses have been carefully designed to further develop your skills and knowledge in a range of key areas. 

  • Additional Support Needs Swim Teachers Course
  • Advanced Swim Teachers Course
  • Developing Aquatics Programmes Course
  • Lead Teacher Course

Follow the link below to go to the 'Aquatics Teacher Training' courses and find out more or book online.






Would you like to make a difference to peoples’ lives by helping them to learn to swim? 

Whether you are looking to become a swim teacher or progress your coaching career we have a variety of swim education courses to suit you, including:

  • Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (Full and Conversion courses available)
  • UKCC Level 1 Coaching Swimming
  • UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming
  • Early Childhood Swim Teacher's Qualification (SVQ)

These courses are run by Edinburgh Leisure but are booked through the Scottish Swimming website.

Follow the link below to the 'Aquatics Teacher Training' courses to see when these courses are on and how to book a space. Please note you will not be able to book a course in the two weeks prior to its start date.



We offer professional qualification courses to help you get started as a dive coach or to help you further develop your skills. 

  • UKCC Level 1 Coaching Diving
  • UKCC Level 2 Coaching Diving

Both courses are aimed at giving you the skills to coach in a competitive diving environment. The courses are open to those from age 16 (Level 1) and 17 (Level 2).

These courses are run by Edinburgh Leisure but are booked through the Scottish Swimming website.

Follow the link below to the 'Aquatics Teacher Training' courses to see when these courses are on and how to book a space. Please note you will not be able to book a course in the two weeks prior to its start date.



Our Swim or Dive Teaching/Qualification courses  must be booked via the Scottish Swimming website.  In order to book a course you must be a Scottish Swimming member. If you do not currently have a membership with Scottish Swimming please follow this link to visit the Scottish Swimming website to become a member.





Are you interested in a job as a lifeguard? Or want to learn lifesaving skills?

We hold regular Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) courses around Edinburgh:

  • RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification 
  • RLSS UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers/Coaches (Options for Lite or renewal courses available)
  • RLSS UK Trainer Assessor Course

Follow the links below to see our full programme of dates and locations and to book online.


RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

RLSS UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches (full course or renewal)

RLSS UK Trainer Assessor course

All of our First Aid courses are accredited by Ofqual and presented in association with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), which ensures your qualification is recognised nationwide. We offer  variety of First Aid courses including:

  • RLSS Emergency First Aid at Work (3 day courses, Refreshers, and 1 day courses available)
  • RLSS UK Paediatric First Aid (1 or 2 day courses available)

Click on the button below to see our full programme of courses dates and locations.

Our COVID19 Declaration Form must be filled out and returned along with your booking form. 

Follow the link below to see our full programme of dates and locations and to book online.



We are also able to offer in-house delivery of any of our training courses listed above. 

For more information or to make an enquiry please contact ata@edinburghleisure.co.uk