Swimming Summer School

Swimming Teacher Education

Learn how to teach and plan  water activities for school children 

Would you like to enjoy a summer filled with swimming and social events in an international environment? Then sign up for this VIA Summer School course in Swimming Teacher Education.

About the Summer School

  • Facts

    Subject:Swimming Teacher Education

    Duration: 30 days

    Dates: 2 July to 30 July 2018

    Language: English

    Credits: 10 ECTS

    Academic level: Bachelor level

    Prerequisites: Swimming Teacher Education is open to students from around the world. However, you must be a student in a programme related to education.

    Course fee: 7000 DKK (app. 950 EUR). Students from VIA, VIA's partner or othher Danish Educational Institutions are exempt from paying tuition fee, as long as they can document the transfer of credits into their current study programme. Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.

    Application deadline: 1 May, 2018

    Location:  VIA University College, Aarhus City Campus, Aarhus Denmark

  • About the course

    The Swimming Teacher Education programme is an intensive teaching programme, thus in order to pass the course full attendance is compulsory.

    On this course you will learn how to teach and plan water activities for schoolchildren. When working with water activities, it is important to know about safety in and on the water. Therefore, both first aid and safety are key elements in this course.

    The Swimming Teacher Education, which also includes kayaking and a first aid course, is aimed at students studying to become teachers or pedagogues. It is also relevant for students with an interest in sports, water activities, movement and learning.

    From the course, you will gain valuable skills and a stronger professional profile in planning and teaching water activities and swimming for schoolchildren of primary and lower secondary school age.


    • Teaching schoolchildren swimming, including the completion of the swimming instructor education
    • Teaching and carrying out basic first aid in a school
    • Teaching activities in and on the water
    • The Danish Swimming Union pool-lifeguard test
    • End-of-course exam in the different modules. 

    During the five weeks of the Swimming Teacher Education course students will carry out different water activities e.g. swimming, kayaking and first aid:

    Week 1:

    Water activities and module introduction. Water activities include basic diving practice, different swimming styles, etc.

    Week 2:

    Activities on the water – kayaking and canoeing. Presentation of the different disciplines for the end-of-course exam.

    Week 3:

    • First aid training and introduction to the pool-lifeguard exam.
    • The pool-lifeguard exam. 
    • A three days trip in a canoe/ kayak with other summer school students from the Sports Specialisation programme.

    Week 4:

    Introduction to children’s teaching and the written assignment. Start teaching and completing tests.

    Week 5:

    The last week consists of teaching children, tests and assignment writing.

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us for further information.

    VIA University College

    Anna Kronborg Bell

    Project Manager

    VIA Summer School

    +45 87551505