Southwark Council Leisure Services – Swim Teachers

The Role:

Can you help Southwark Council to shape a brand new leisure service that supports all its residents to lead healthy lives?

Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. In June 2023, Leisure Services transferred to full council management. This is a unique opportunity to be part of building a new future for leisure services in Southwark.

Do you have an Swim England Level 2 Qualification or STA Award or Certificate in Teaching Swimming, and experience of teaching a diverse customer base? Do you have the passion to teach swimming?

If the answer is yes - We are looking for a passionate and experienced Swim Teachers who will help us to deliver our swimming lessons, Southwark Splash and school lessons to our residents, members and visitors at the centres.


We are looking for someone who is passionate about swimming and helping people to achieve their goals, brings good energy, has a proactive and positive attitude and cares for our customers.

Reporting to the Centre Aquatics Manager, the successful candidate will have a passion for delivering excellent customer service. The successful candidate will -

You will be responsible for undertaking sessions according to the programme timetable, and ensuring classes commence and finish at the designated times.

  • You will need the natural ability to establish and maintain excellent relationships with our customers and potential customers, putting people at ease, with a real “can-do” attitude.
  • You will comply with the Swim England Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct at all times, and ensure all concerns of a child safeguarding nature are referred in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • You will ensure all lessons are delivered safely and effectively, delivered to a standard that complies with regulations and guidance.
  • You will be passionate about always looking for ways to improve our swim lesson programme and better our service to swimmers and customers
  • Deliver consistent excellent customer service and provide a professional, efficient and cheerful presence at all times.

The role will sit in the Environment, Neighbourhood and Growth department, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of parks and open spaces, trees, sports and leisure, cemeteries, youth and play, highways, roads, parking, refuse collection, street cleansing, culture and libraries.

About You:

  • ASA Old Level 1 or SEQ Level 2 Teaching Swimming or equivalent
  • STA Award or Certificate in Teaching Swimming – will need to covert to Swim England
  • Experience working in a customer facing environment, providing the highest levels of customer care.
  • Child Protection Training Additional CPD Accreditation
  • Experience of delivering swimming lessons in a comparable role

For a informally discussion, please contact Roxanne Lee, Service Aquatics Manager, at

Application Process: Please Upload your full employment history CV, and including a cover note.

Additional salary details

GRADE 4, £28,128 - £30,309 pa. Plus market supplement payment. FTE £16.16 - £19.10 per hour.


  • Job type – Permanent (Full Time/Part time available)
  • Various hours available  
  • Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the service; typical lessons take place after school or in the mornings for pre school
  • Will be required to work occasional weekends and evenings to meet the needs of the service.
  • Enhanced DBS check required.
  • Comply with and promote the Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy

Benefits and more information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving development team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. Our offer includes:

For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: Sunday 9th August 2024

Interviews: Tbc


We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.