SSI Swim Teacher Standards

Ethical Standards
As an SSI Teacher and Trainer, you are accountable for your decisions and actions when you are working with the public. Swim Schools International expects you to display
appropriate and professional behavior at all times while involved in training or other related activities.
Refer to the guidelines listed below:

  1. Notify Swim Schools International prior to renewal/training, if previously convicted of a felony or crime of moral regret (e.g. honesty, integrity, morals).
  2. Be a role model at all times during training and other business related activities.
  3. Conduct all Swim Schools International programs with a high degree of integrity and honesty and with the goal of providing the best possible customer experience.
  4. Adhere to Swim Schools International Training Standards and attend Teacher and Trainer updates on a regular basis.
  5. Do not negatively communicate publicly or otherwise about Swim Schools International Swim Schools, Trainers, Teachers or any other member of the aquatic industry.
  6. Notify Swim Schools International if a Swim School, Trainer or Teacher has been or is currently the subject of any ethical or standards violation, investigation, action or
    proceeding brought by any recognized training agency.
  7. Indemnify and hold harmless Swim Schools International, its officers, directors and assignee for any loss, claim or damage resulting from action of the Trainer, Teacher, or
    his/her agents, students or assignees.

Note: The Teacher and Trainer understands that any breach of these Ethical Standards may make him or her ineligible for Active Status or Renewal.

General Training Standards
As a Swim Schools International Teacher and Trainer, you are also accountable for following Swim Schools International Training Standards.

  1. Recommendation vs. Standard: Included within the Training Standards are recommendations. Recommendations are set off in italics and use words like “may” or “should.” Recommendations are not requirements. Recommendations do provide additional help whenever student needs and ability, environmental conditions or equipment make it possible to enhance the comfort and experience of the swimming activity.
  2. Validity of Swim Schools International Material: The Swim Schools International Training Standards, Swim Schools International Trainer Manuals/Materials and Swim Schools International Teacher Manauals/Materials form the basis of the Swim Schools International Teaching System and are to be used for all Swim Schools International training programs.
    Whenever there is a discrepancy between these materials, the Swim Schools International Training Standards take precedence.
    If in doubt, contact Swim Schools International Headquarters for guidance or interpretation.
  3. Active Status: Swim Schools International Teacher certifications are issued for training through active Swim Schools International Aquatic Centers and Trainers in compliance with these Standards.
  4. Background Checks: Swim Schools International certified Teachers & Trainers must submit to a criminal background check prior to any certification being issued. Documentation of the performed background check must be included in the Teacher Training Record or Trainer Training Record at the time of completion.
  5. Ordering Certification Cards: Swim Schools International Aquatic Centers and Trainers are required to issue Swim Schools International Teacher certifications to all successful
    Teachers at all levels of training. Certification cards should be ordered through ODiN within 10 days of completion. Hand written forms must be sent to Swim Schools International
    within 10 days.
  6. Processing Trainer files: Swim Schools International Trainer Certifiers are required to issue Swim Schools International Trainer credentials to all successful candidates at all levels
    of training. Certification cards should be ordered through ODiN within 10 days of completion. Hand written forms must be sent to Swim Schools International within 10 days.
  7. Supervision: An active Swim Schools International Trainer is to be present and in control of all Swim Schools International training programs. Whenever possible Swim Schools International Trainers should use Swim Schools International Certified Teachers as assistants.
  8. Exceeding Standards: Swim Schools International Trainers may exceed Standards, may provide more complete coverage of the materials, may provide additional pool training. Incorporating newer, safer and easier techniques and equipment are encouraged. If in doubt, contact Swim Schools International Headquarters for guidance. Certification may not be withheld if a student meets Swim Schools International standards, but not arbitrary Trainer imposed conditions.
  9. Waivers: Waivers or deviations to the Swim Schools International Standards are to be requested in writing in care of the Training Department. The request is to explain why the waiver is needed and what will be done to ensure the quality of Swim Schools International training. Each waiver will be given an expiration date.
  10. Use of Training Materials: All students enrolled in Swim Schools International certification courses are to have and use the specific Swim Schools International Training
    Materials. The Trainer and Teacher are both to initial/sign the training record when completed. This may be done after each classroom, pool or at the completion of each day's training.
  11. Use of Teacher Training records: Training Records are used for monitoring and evaluating each student’s progress, knowledge and skills. Training records shall be maintained and retained for five years by Swim Schools International Aquatic Centers.
  12. Reporting Procedures: Swim Schools International’s Insurance Agent, Swim Schools International Headquarters, Swim Schools International Service Center, Swim Schools International Regional Center and Swim Schools International Area Office are to be notified immediately if a Swim Schools International Swim School becomes aware of any act, error, omission, or accident, or if a claim or suit is filed.
  13. Program Duration: Swim Schools International Swim Schools and Trainers are to ensure that each Teacher has the required knowledge, skills and experience to comfortably and confidently teach students at the specific level of training before certification is issued. This includes all classroom, in-water training, and apprenticeship time required by each individual certification level. Each program does have a recommended range of hours. Actual time will vary depending on number of students, age, ability and environmental conditions.
  14. Teacher-to-Trainer Ratios: The Teacher-to-Trainer ratio for training is provided in each specific standard.
    The Teacher-to-Trainer ratio for classroom and pool activities is set by the individual Trainer, based on the ability of the Trainer to deal effectively with student needs. Whenever possible, additional Certified Teachers should be used as assistants during training.
  15. Care Obligation: All Swim Schools International Trainers are to inform Teachers that if they become excessively cold or tired, are under undue stress, injured, not feeling well, or have recently been sick, they are not to continue training.
  16. Liability Release: Each student is to complete a Swim Schools International Waiver & Release of Liability Assumption of Risk & Indemnity Agreement and a Statement of Understanding prior to any water training. The forms of minors are to be reviewed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Attention: Signing a Waiver of Release is contradictory to liability regulations in some countries of the world.
Example: In the European Union the Waiver of Release is not valid and the student should not be forced to sign it.

Level 1 Swim Teacher Training Standards

  1. Trainer: An active Trainer or higher may conduct the Level 1 Swim Teacher training program. The Trainer is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required
    knowledge and skills for Level 1 Swim Teacher.
  2. Equipment: Level 1 Swim Teacher participants are required to have all materials listed in the training manuals.
  3. Content: The knowledge and skills to be covered in the Level 1 Swim Teacher program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and the SSI Level 1
    Swim Teacher Manual.
  4. Intent: The intent of the Level 1 Swim Teacher program is to provide Teachers with the training necessary to teach beginning swimming skills to a broad range of ages and
    abilities.
  5. Minimum Age: The minimum age for participation in the Level 1 Swim Teacher program is 16 years of age.
  6. Minimum Skill: Teachers in the Level 1 Teacher program are to demonstrate effective watermanship skills that include a 200-yard swim using a stroke of their chosing and a 10-
    minute survival float without the use of any floatation aids.
  7. CPR/First Aid: Teachers in the Level 1 Teacher program are to maintain proof of current certification in CPR and first aid for children, infants and adults.
  8. Program Duration: The number of classes, hours and sessions per day are set by the individual Trainer, based on teacher needs, teacher ability, class availability and water
    conditions.
  9. Ratio: The maximum number of Level 1 Swim Teacher students for Classroom training is 12 to 1. The ratio may increase to 20 to 2 with another Certified Teacher assisting.
    The maximum number of Level 1 Swim Teacher students for In-Water training is 10 to 1. The ratio may increase to 12 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting or 16 to 3 with two Certified Teachers assisting.
  10. Final Exam: Each teacher receiving a Level 1 Swim Teacher certification must have passed a Final Exam with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  11. Apprenticeship: Each teacher receiving a Level 1 Swim Teacher certification must have completed a minimum 12 hours of apprenticeship under a certified Level 1 Swim Teacher.
  12. Certification: Level 1 Swim Teacher entitles the holder to teach swim lessons to Aquatike I, Aquatike II, Aquatike III, Preschool Beginner, Advanced Preschool Beginner, Beginner I, Beginner II and Beginner III swim students autonomously.
  13. Active Status: Active Level 1 Swim Teachers are required to maintain current professional liability insurance (if required in the local area) and current SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher materials.

Level 2 Swim Teacher Training Standards

  1. Trainer: An active Trainer or higher may conduct the Level 2 Swim Teacher training program. The Trainer is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required
    knowledge and skills for Level 2 Swim Teacher.
  2. Equipment: Level 2 Swim Teacher participants are required to have all equipment listed in the training manuals.
  3. Content: The knowledge and skills to be covered in the Level 2 Swim Teacher program are those provided in the SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and the SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Manual.
  4. Intent: The intent of the Level 2 Swim Teacher program is to provide non-certified swim teacher with the training necessary to teach swimming autonomously.
  5. Minimum Age: The minimum age for participation in the Level 2 Swim Teacher program is 16 years of age.
  6. Minimum Skill: Teachers in the Level 2 Swim Teacher program are to demonstrate effective watermanship skills that include a 200-yard swim using a stroke of their chosing and
    a 10-minute survival float without the use of any floatation aids.
  7. Prerequisite: A Swim Schools International certification of Level 1 Swim Teacher (/content/level-1-swim-teacher-training-standards) is required prior to certification of Level 2 Swim Teacher.
  8. CPR/First Aid: Teachers in the Level 2 Swim Teacher program are to maintain proof of current certification in CPR and first aid for children, infants and adults.
  9. Program Duration: The number of classes, hours and sessions per day are set by the individual Trainer, based on teacher needs, teacher ability, class availability and water
    conditions.
  10. Ratio: The maximum number of Level 2 Swim Teacher students for Classroom training is 12 to 1. The ratio may increase to 20 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting.
    The maximum number of Level 2 Swim Teacher students for In-Water training is 10 to 1. The ratio may increase to 12 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting or 16 to 3 with two Certified Teachers assisting.
  11. Final Exam: Each teacher receiving a Level 2 Swim Teacher certification must have passed a Final Exam with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  12. Apprenticeship: Each teacher receiving a Level 2 Swim Teacher certification must have completed a minimum 12 hours of apprenticeship under a certified Level 2 Swim Teacher.
  13. Certification: Level 2 Swim Teacher entitles the holder to teach swim lessons to Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Advanced I, Advanced II and Junior Olympian swim students autonomously.
  14. Active Status: Active Level 2 Swim Teachers are required to maintain current professional liability insurance (if required in the local area) and current SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher materials.

Baby & Me Swim Teacher Training Standards

  1. Trainer: An active Trainer or higher may conduct the Baby & Me Swim Teacher training program. The Trainer is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required
    knowledge and skills for Baby & Me Swim Teacher.
  2. Equipment: Baby & Me Swim Teacher participants are required to have all equipment listed in the training manuals.
  3. Content: The knowledge and skills to be covered in the Baby & Me Swim Teacher program are those provided in the SSI Baby & Me Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and the SSI Baby & Me Swim Teacher Manual.
  4. Intent: The intent of the Baby & Me Swim Teacher program is to provide non-certified swim teacher with the training necessary to teach swimming autonomously.
  5. Minimum Age: The minimum age for participation in the Baby & Me Swim Teacher program is 16 years of age.
  6. Minimum Skill: Teachers in the Baby & Me Teacher program are to demonstrate effective watermanship skills that include a 200-yard swim using a stroke of their chosing and a 10-minute survival float without the use of any floatation aids.
  7. CPR/First Aid: Teachers in the Baby & Me Teacher program are to maintain proof of current certification in CPR and first aid for children, infants and adults.
  8. Program Duration: The number of classes, hours and sessions per day are set by the individual Trainer, based on teacher needs, teacher ability, class availability and water conditions.
  9. Ratio: The maximum number of Baby & Me Swim Teacher students for Classroom training is 12 to 1. The ratio may increase to 16 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting. The maximum number of Baby & Me Swim Teacher students for In-Water training is 6 to 1. The ratio may increase to 12 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting or 18 to 3 with 2 Certified Teachers assisting.
  10. Final Exam: Each teacher receiving a Baby & Me Swim Teacher certification must have passed a Final Exam with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  11. Apprenticeship: Each teacher receiving a Baby & Me Swim Teacher certification must have completed a minimum 1 class of apprenticeship under a certified Baby & Me Swim Teacher.
  12. Certification: Baby & Me Swim Teacher entitles the holder to teach water acclimation and swim lessons to children ages 6 months to 3 years of age autonomously.
  13. Active Status: Active Baby & Me Swim Teachers are required to maintain current professional liability insurance (if required in the local area) and current SSI Baby & Me Swim Teacher materials.

Adult Swim Teacher Training Standards

  1. Trainer: An active Trainer or higher may conduct the Adult Swim Teacher training program. The Trainer is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required
    knowledge and skills for Adult Swim Teacher.
  2. Equipment: Adult Swim Teacher participants are required to have all equipment listed in the training manuals.
  3. Content: The knowledge and skills to be covered in the Adult Swim Teacher program are those provided in the SSI Adult Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and the SSI Adult Swim
    Teacher Manual.
  4. Intent: The intent of the Adult Swim Teacher program is to provide non-certified swim teacher with the training necessary to teach swimming autonomously.
  5. Minimum Age: The minimum age for participation in the Adult Swim Teacher program is 16 years of age.
  6. Minimum Skill: Teachers in the Adult Teacher program are to demonstrate effective watermanship skills that include a 200-yard swim using a stroke of their chosing and a 10-minute survival float without the use of any floatation aids.
  7. Prerequisite: A Swim Schools International certification of Level 1 Swim Teacher and Level 2 Swim Teacher is required prior to certification of Adult Swim Teacher.
  8. CPR/First Aid: Teachers in the Adult Teacher program are to maintain proof of current certification in CPR and first aid for children, infants and adults.
  9. Program Duration: The number of classes, hours and sessions per day are set by the individual Trainer, based on teacher needs, teacher ability, class availability and water
    conditions.
  10. Ratio: The maximum number of Adult Swim Teacher students for Classroom training is 12 to 1. The ratio may increase to 20 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting.
    The maximum number of Adult Swim Teacher students for In-Water training is 10 to 1. The ratio may increase to 12 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting or 16 to 3 with two
    Certified Teachers assisting.
  11. Final Exam: Each teacher receiving a Adult Swim Teacher certification must have passed a Final Exam with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  12. Apprenticeship: Each teacher receiving a Adult Swim Teacher certification must have completed a minimum 3 classes of apprenticeship under a certified Adult Swim Teacher.
  13. Certification: Adult Swim Teacher entitles the holder to teach swim lessons to Adult (over the age of 18) students autonomously.
  14. Active Status: Active Adult Swim Teachers are required to maintain current professional liability insurance (if required in the local area) and current SSI Adult Swim Teacher materials.

Aquatic Training Facility Standards
An Aquatic Training Facility is generally defined as a business operation which generates its main income by swim, snorkel or scuba diving instruction tuition and related equipment sales.
Swim Schools International Aquatic Training Facilities must meet the following standards:

  1. Have a retail business location in an area zoned for business and maintain an appropriate atmosphere for business.
  2. Post and maintain established regular retail business hours that are convenient for customers.
  3. Maintain a neat, clean and attractive facility with an adequate amount of inventory appropriately displayed.
  4. Have all required governmental licenses and permits and comply with all labor and tax laws.
  5. Conduct operation with a commitment to high quality.
  6. Have no ethics or Standards violations pending or any verified ethics or Standards violations in the past 12 months with Swim Schools International or any other training organization.
  7. Institute an instructional program using Swim Schools International Trainers and Swim Schools International teaching materials, and issue Swim Schools International certifications to every Teacher who completes Swim Schools International training programs
  8. Each Teacher should own a complete set of Swim Schools International training materials for each level which that Teacher is applying for certification. Whenever possible, home study kits are offered.
  9. Use the Swim Schools International Teacher Program as the primary Teacher training program.
  10. Purchase the minimum amount of Swim Schools International product on a yearly basis as defined in the annual Swim Schools International Aquatic Training Facility Agreement.

Baby And Me Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Baby And Me Teacher may conduct the Baby And Me program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Baby And Me.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Baby And Me program are those provided in the SSI Baby And Me Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Baby And Me Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Baby And Me program is to teach very young students comfort and safety in and around the water while in the direct care and supervision of their parent or guardian. Additionally the program intends to teach the parent or guardian ways of interacting with their children in an aquatic environment.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Baby And Me are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Baby And Me classes is 6 months old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Baby And Me program can be no older than 36 months old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Baby And Me is 6 to 1. A parent or guardian is required in-water with each student. See Supervision.
  • Supervision: During the Baby And Me program, students are to remain under the indirect supervision of a Baby And Me Swim Teacher as well as direct supervision of a parent or guardian.

Aquababy Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Baby & Me Teacher may conduct the Aquababy program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Aquababy.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Aquababy program are those provided in the SSI Baby & Me Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Baby & Me Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Aquababy program is to teach very young students comfort and safety in and around the water while in the indirect supervision of their parent or guardian. Additionally the program intends to teach the parent or guardian ways of interacting with their children in an aquatic environment.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Aquababy are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Aquababy classes is 24 months old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Aquababy program can be no older than 36 months old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Aquababy is 4 to 1. A parent or guardian is required on the pool deck with each student. See Supervision.
  • Supervision: During the Aquababy program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Aquababy Swim Teacher as well as indirect supervision of a parent or guardian.

Aquatike I Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Aquatike I program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Aquatike I.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Aquatike I program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Aquatike I program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Aquatike I are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Aquatike I classes is 36 months old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Aquatike I program can be no older than 48 months old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Aquatike I is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Aquatike I program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Aquatike II Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Aquatike II program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Aquatike II.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Aquatike II program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Aquatike II program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Aquatike II are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Aquatike II classes is 36 months old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Aquatike II program can be no older than 48 months old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Aquatike II is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Aquatike II program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Aquatike III Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Aquatike III program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Aquatike III.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Aquatike III program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Aquatike III program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Aquatike III are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Aquatike III classes is 36 months old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Aquatike III program can be no older than 48 months old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Aquatike III is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Aquatike III program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Preschool Beginner Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Preschool Beginner program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Preschool Beginner.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Preschool Beginner program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Preschool Beginner program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Preschool Beginner are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Preschool Beginner classes is 4 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Preschool Beginner program can be no older than 5 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Preschool Beginner is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Preschool Beginner program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Advanced Preschool Beginner Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Advanced Preschool Beginner program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Advanced Preschool Beginner.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Advanced Preschool Beginner program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Advanced Preschool Beginner program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Advanced Preschool Beginner are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Advanced Preschool Beginner classes is 4 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Advanced Preschool Beginner program can be no older than 5 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Advanced Preschool Beginner is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Advanced Preschool Beginner program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Beginner I Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Beginner I program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Beginner I.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Beginner I program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Beginner I program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Beginner I are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Beginner I classes is 5 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Beginner I program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Beginner I is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Beginner I program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Beginner II Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Beginner II program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Beginner II.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Beginner II program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Beginner II program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Beginner II are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Beginner II classes is 4 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Beginner II program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Beginner II is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Beginner II program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Beginner III Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 1 Swim Teacher may conduct the Beginner III program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Beginner III.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Beginner III program are those provided in the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Beginner III program is to teach young students comfort and safety in and around the water and develop forward movement through the water using both the arms and legs.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Beginner III are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Beginner III classes is 4 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Beginner III program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Beginner III is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Beginner III program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Level 1 Swim Teacher.

Intermediate I Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 2 Swim Teacher may conduct the Intermediate I program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Intermediate I.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Intermediate I program are those provided in the SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 2 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Intermediate I program is to build on beginning swimming skills and develop competitive swimming strokes.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Intermediate I are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Intermediate I classes is 5 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Intermediate I program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Intermediate I is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Intermediate I program, students can be in the direct or indirect supervision of a Level 2 Swim Teacher, allowing for both in-water direct instruction or coaching from the pool deck at the discretion of the Teacher.

Intermediate II Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 2 Swim Teacher may conduct the Intermediate II program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Intermediate II.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Intermediate II program are those provided in the SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 2 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Intermediate II program is to build on advanced swimming skills and develop competitive swimming strokes.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Intermediate II are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Intermediate II classes is 5 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Intermediate II program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Intermediate II is 4 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Intermediate II program, students can be in the direct or indirect supervision of a Level 2 Swim Teacher, allowing for both in-water direct instruction or coaching from the pool deck at the discretion of the Teacher.

Advanced I Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 2 Swim Teacher may conduct the Advanced I program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Advanced I.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Advanced I program are those provided in the SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 2 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Advanced I program is to build on advanced swimming skills and develop competitive swimming strokes.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Advanced I are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Advanced I classes is 5 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Advanced I program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Advanced I is 6 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Advanced I program, students can be in the direct or indirect supervision of a Level 2 Swim Teacher, allowing for both in-water direct instruction or coaching from the pool deck at the discretion of the Teacher.

Advanced II Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 2 Swim Teacher may conduct the Advanced II program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Advanced II.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Advanced II program are those provided in the SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 2 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Advanced II program is to build on advanced swimming skills and develop competitive swimming strokes.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Advanced II are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Advanced II classes is 5 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Advanced II program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The student-to-Teacher ratio for Advanced II is 6 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Advanced II program, students can be in the direct or indirect supervision of a Level 2 Swim Teacher, allowing for both in-water direct instruction or coaching from the pool deck at the discretion of the Teacher.

Junior Olympian Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Level 2 Swim Teacher may conduct the Junior Olympian program. The Teacher is to indirectly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Junior Olympian.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Junior Olympian program are those provided in the SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Level 2 Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Junior Olympian program is to build on advanced swimming skills and develop competitive swimming strokes, as well as developing strength and endurance.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Junior Olympian are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Junior Olympian classes is 6 years old.
  • Maximum Age: Participants in the Junior Olympian program can be no older than 17 years old.
  • Ratio: The maximum student-to-Teacher ratio for Junior Olympian is 10 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Junior Olympian program, students are to remain under the indirect supervision of a Level 2 Swim Teacher.

Adult Beginner Training Standards

  • Teacher: An active Adult Swim Teacher may conduct the Adult Beginner program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Adult Beginner.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Adult Beginner program are those provided in the SSI Adult Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Adult Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Adult Beginner program is to teach students comfort and safety in and around the water while in the direct care and supervision of a Teacher.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Adult Beginner are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Adult Beginner classes is 18 years old.
  • Maximum Age: There is no maximum age limit for the Adult Beginner program.
  • Ratio: The maximum student-to-Teacher ratio for Adult Beginner is 8 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Adult Beginner program, students are to remain under the direct supervision of a Adult Swim Teacher.

Adult Advanced Teaching Standards

  • Teacher: An active Adult Swim Teacher may conduct the Adult Advanced program. The Teacher is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Adult Advanced.
  • Content: The knowledge and skills covered during the Adult Advanced program are those provided in the SSI Adult Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and Adult Swim Teacher Manual, and the SSI Gold Script In-Water Lesson Plans.
  • Sessions: The number of classes are set by the individual Teacher.
  • Intent: The intent of the Adult Advanced program is to teach students beginning and advanced swim strokes while in the indirect supervision of a Teacher.
  • Program Duration: The recommended program hours for Adult Advanced are based on student needs and ability.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for Adult Advanced classes is 18 years old.
  • Maximum Age: There is no maximum age limit for the Adult Advanced program.
  • Ratio: The maximum student-to-Teacher ratio for Adult Advanced is 8 to 1.
  • Supervision: During the Adult Advanced program, students are to remain under the indirect supervision of a Adult Swim Teacher.

Swim Teacher Trainer Standards

  1. Trainer: An active Swim Trainer Certifier or higher may conduct the Swim Teacher Trainer training program. The Trainer Certifier is to directly supervise, visually observe and evaluate all required knowledge and skills for Swim Teacher Trainer.
  2. Equipment: Swim Teacher Trainer participants are required to have all equipment listed in the training manuals.
  3. Content: The knowledge and skills to be covered in the Swim Teacher Trainer program are those provided in the SSI Swim Teacher Trainer Manual and the SSI Level 1 Swim Teacher Manual, SSI Level 2 Swim Teacher Manual, SSI Baby & Me Swim Teacher Manual, and SSI Adult Swim Teacher Manual.
  4. Intent: The intent of the Swim Teacher Trainer program is to provide Swim Teachers with the training necessary to teach swimming autonomously.
  5. Minimum Age: The minimum age for participation in the Swim Teacher Trainer program is 18 years of age.
  6. Minimum Skill: Teachers in the Swim Teacher Trainer program are to demonstrate effective watermanship skills that include a 200-yard swim using a stroke of their chosing and a 10-minute survival float without the use of any floatation aids.
  7. Prerequisite: Swim Schools International certifications of Level 1 Swim Teacher, Level 2 Swim Teacher, Adult Swim Teacher and Baby & Me Swim Teacher are required prior to certification of Swim Teacher Trainer.
  8. CPR/First Aid: Teachers in the Swim Teacher Trainer program are to maintain proof of current certification in CPR and first aid for children, infants and adults.
  9. Program Duration: The number of classes, hours and sessions per day are set by the individual Trainer Certifier, based on teacher needs, teacher ability, class availability and water conditions.
  10. Ratio: The maximum number of Swim Teacher Trainer students for Classroom training is 12 to 1. The ratio may increase to 20 to 2 with a Certified Teacher assisting. The maximum number of Swim Teacher Trainer students for In-Water training is 10 to 1. The ratio may increase to 12 to 2 with a Certified Trainer assisting or 16 to 3 with two Certified Trainers assisting.
  11. Final Exam: Each teacher receiving a Swim Teacher Trainer certification must have passed a Final Exam with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  12. Apprenticeship: Each teacher receiving a Swim Teacher Trainer certification must have completed a minimum 12 hours of apprenticeship under a certified Swim Trainer Certifier.
  13. Certification: Swim Teacher Trainer entitles the holder to train and certify Level 1 Swim Teachers, Level 2 Swim Teachers, Adult Swim Teachers and Baby & Me Swim Teachers autonomously.
  14. Active Status: Active Swim Teacher Trainers are required to maintain current professional liability insurance (if required in the local area) and current SSI Swim Teacher Trainer materials.