Getting involved in swimming from a young age can open up many different future career
prospects. Here we explore some of the career options that swimming can lead to.
If after learning to swim at Swimsound, you decide to continue along the swimming pathway, you can join a swimming club and train to become a professional swimmer. You can start to compete at county, regional and national levels as you become faster and train
more. Training to be a swimmer involves lots of commitment with lots of early morning sessions but there are many benefits including getting to spend lots of time with your friends at the pool and seeing yourself improve as you train. You could even be the next Michael Phelps!
A lifeguard has a very important role in the swimming pool as they are responsible for keeping everyone safe. They have to know lifesaving skills as well as doing anything they can to prevent drowning. With lifeguarding, there are opportunities to work in the UK as well as work in much warmer climates abroad in the tourism industry. To become a lifeguard, you have to take the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and keep
all your first aid training up to date, but the hours tend to be flexible, and it is a fun filled environment to work
Swimming teaching is a very rewarding job which you can start doing from the age of 16. To become a swimming teacher, you have to attend the Level 1 and Level 2 swimming teaching courses. Swim teaching is very rewarding as you often get to see the children you are teaching improve as they become stronger and swim further. Furthermore, you get to have lots of fun with super exciting lessons, taken your little swimmers to space, or to the zoo or on holiday! There are lots of jobs abroad on summer camps for swimming teachers which gives you an opportunity to travel whilst earning some money.
Many of the swimming teachers at Swimsound are also schoolteachers. If you find you enjoy working with children when teaching swimming, then teaching may be a good career pathway for you. Swimming remains the only sport on the national curriculum physical education of study.
We teach a number of adults each year who have aspirations of becoming a firefighter. Some of our staff and clients in the past are now successful firefighters. The assessment criteria involves a swimming assessment and water confidence is key. As part of their duties, Firefighters are generally expected to be able to perform in-water rescues if required.
If you genuinely love being in the water, then a marine biologist could be an excellent career option for you.Marine biologists study all the animals and plants that live under the water from the gigantic whales to the minuscule krill. This career can take you all over the world such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Because the ocean is so vast, many creatures have not yet been discovered, and marine biologists are discovering new ones every day.
Another career for people who love spending time under the water is underwater photography. It is an opportunity to combine an artistic talent along with a love for being underwater. You can work for travel companies, scientists and researchers as well as getting to see lots of amazing locations.
If you enjoy being in water a lot, you may find that you also enjoy being on the sea and could consider a career in the Navy. There are loads of different careers in the Navy including medics, divers and engineers. You have the opportunity to travel the world whilst providing aid and working in combat areas.