The Len Hatcher Swim School Training Academy  


For Young People 13 to 18 years old.


Young people from any background, aged thirteen years and older can further their Aquatic Experience and qualifications by joining our Training Academy.  We are offering individual training exclusively from Len Hatcher D.S.T.A. in the following subjects:


The Pool Lifeguard qualification is pre requisite for all the following courses which take place by arrangement.


13 -18 yrs:  Student Teacher

16 yrs +  :  Swimming Teachers Association Award

18 yrs +  :  Swimming Teachers Association Certificate


As a trainee in The Len Hatcher Swim School you will have a unique opportunity to have hands on experience and an individual learning plan as specified by the foremost swimming teaching association in the world, as well as being part of the only STA certified swim school in Cornwall.  With 30 years experience of training young people Len is now offering his time and his experience to assist you on what could be the road to a new career, or simply an excellent way to supplement your income during your further education years.


There will be a selection process including a swimming test.  If you are interested please ring or e mail Len for costs and further information.  Details of the courses are below:




Pre-assessment swim test and a period of voluntary teaching, before registration on the course.  Assessment of capability and if you enjoy doing it.

The Student Teacher portfolio includes a required number of hours teaching practice with a qualified teacher and a simple rescue test.  Worksheets covering swimming teaching and rescue.  A multiple choice exam. 

If competent the student will be awarded the Student Teacher Certificate and National Aquatic Rescue Standard Cross (NARS +) Bronze Award.


STA AWARD 16 years up

Must hold Poolside Helper Award or Pool Lifeguard Award and be a member of the STA.

Pre assessment swim test and a period of voluntary teaching plus an interview.  Complete a required number of hours covering theory and practice.  Worksheets and multiple choice exams plus a practical teaching exam.



Must hold Poolside Helper Award or Pool Lifeguard Award and be a member of the STA.  Follows a similar format to the STA Award but with more depth and an expanded syllabus.  Written multiple choice exams and a practical teaching exam. 


Please e mail Len through our contact page for further information or call 01326 378437.