Swimming Jobs - Become a Swim Teacher with Edinburgh Leisure

There’s something magical about a good swim teacher. A person who can take ordinary men, women and children, then transform them into swimmers. 

Our Aquatics and Learn to Swim teams are friendly and approachable and know how to make learning to swim fun. Being a Swim Teacher with Edinburgh Leisure means

  • A variety of full-time/part-time/flexible positions and available hours across our venues. So you can make teaching whatever you want it to be.
  • Support for you to gain professional qualifications while on the job.
  • Free use of our amazing facilities all across the city.
On top of that we will offer you one of the best benefits packages in the business including generous holiday allowance, pension, and flexible benefits.

We spoke with Simon, one of our swim teachers at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Simon described Edinburgh Leisure as being a great workplace, allowing him to continue improving his teaching skills due to our commitment to career growth and continuous professional development plans.

Asked what he enjoys about being a swim teacher, Simon said: “The variation of each day means I’m always having to challenge myself to be even more creative. And interacting with a wide variety of people allows me to communicate through lots of different mediums.”

And the most satisfying element of his job with Edinburgh Leisure “Supporting swimmers in achieving that ‘click moment’ where they learn a new skill or stroke they have been aiming for, and the happiness that comes with being able to do something they couldn’t do before, assisted by us as coaches.”

Simon offers anyone considering a career as a swim teacher with Edinburgh Leisure the following advice: “This can be a truly rewarding career, and anyone with a flair for imagination and fun, but also a love of helping people grow and progress, will find this choice of career to be very fulfilling. You’ll work with a diverse, cross-section of the community, at every age and stage so being able to communicate in different ways is key - so be ready to speak, move, and maybe even sing, every day.”

If you are inspired by Simon’s story, click here to find out more about becoming an Edinburgh Leisure swim teacher and how we can support you in gaining professional qualifications. 

"It gives you the opportunity to make new friends, gain confidence, and build new skills. Can't complain about the gym membership for staff either!"

Sarah (Drumbrae Leisure Centre)

"I started with a knowledge of swimming. But it's grown arms and legs ever since. Water Polo, Diving, ASN, and Coaching are a few new additional strings to my bow Edinburgh Leisure has put me through"

Lewis (Royal Commonwealth Pool)

"Edinburgh Leisure has allowed me to grow as a teacher by giving me continual support, ensuring my skills are up to date. This makes me a better teacher."

Emma (Royal Commonwealth Pool)

We don't just run classes for swimmers, we're also passionate about helping people learn and develop their skills!

Edinburgh Leisure run a series of professional qualification courses for those looking to become aquatics based coaches or swim teachers. We also have courses available for existing teachers/coaches to further develop their skills and career.

Whether it's swimming, diving, lifeguarding, or first aid our swim education deliver a number of accredited courses in our venues and even offer in house training.

To find our more, click here.