How To Become an Instructor

SWAM London volunteers come from diverse backgrounds but all are dedicated UWO student volunteers. Although our typical recruitment periods are September and January, we are always looking for new volunteers! We ask that all full time volunteers be able to commit to 5 out of the 7 lessons. If you cannot commit to that many lessons, but are still interested you can apply to be a substitute or part-time volunteer..

In addition to strong swimming skills, qualified applicants will have:

  • A current NLS or Bronze Cross
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working with persons with disabilities

Possession of a valid NLS/Bronze Cross certification is a mandatory requirement to becoming a volunteer.

Because SWAM is a non-certificate program, possession of valid certifications (such as NLS or WSI) is not a formal requirement to becoming an instructor (although it is a strong asset). A fully certified lifeguard is always on duty during lessons.

 To apply to become an instructor, please click here.

Instructor Testimonials

I love the casual and comfortable environment that SWAM provides. We are a team who not only supports one another, but also the children and the families we meet. It is a time full of fun and learning for both the swimmers and the instructors.”
I’m a fairly new instructor with SWAM and I love it. It’s a great way to help out the community and get to know some amazing kids. The people I work with are all so nice and helpful and between them and the enthusiastic kids every minute of it is a blast. There’s no feeling that compares to when one of the sweet kids gets excited because they learned a new skill or are doing something they love.”