Do you want to help kids gain confidence and make a positive difference in their lives? Do you want to pursue a career where you’ll teach young Kiwis valuable life skills every day? Are you sick of working a nine-to-five, and now you’re looking for a career with more flexibility, where you can stay fit and learn while you work? 

If that sounds like a dream to you, then teaching swimming could be the perfect career! 

At Fulton Swim School, we know a thing or two about teaching swimming, so let us help you to determine whether working as a swimming instructor could be the right career path for you.   

Why Teaching Swimming Could Be The Perfect Part-time Job or Career 

Working as a swimming teacher is one of the coolest jobs around (but not literally, if you work at an indoor swim school like ours where all of the pools are heated to a toasty 32 degrees celsius), and it is a job that has the potential to turn into a life-long career! 

Could being a swim school teacher be the perfect career for you? It definitely could be if you’re someone who values these things when you’re hunting for the right job:

High demand

As an island nation, water safety is important for everyone. Additionally, swimming is a popular activity for people of all ages since it’s a fun, low-impact way to stay fit and healthy. So it’s no wonder that there’s so much demand for swimming lessons, and that means that there is a high demand for swimming teachers! 

Since Fulton Swim School began in 2005, we’ve expanded to keep up with demand. Today we have six swim schools across the North Island, we’ve got our eye out for people who love teaching swimming to join our team! 

Flexibility Teaching Swimming


One of the things many swimming teachers love about their job is the flexibility that comes with it! 

With different swim schools offering a range of classes throughout the day, teachers can choose to teach classes that best suit their schedule. Do you dread an early morning alarm and work best later in the day? Need evenings free to attend night classes? Or maybe you’ve got school-aged kids and you need a role that offers school hours so you can work around the school drop-off and pick-up. 

No worries! Whatever hours suit you and your family, you’ll likely find a swim school looking for teachers to take lessons at a time that means you’ll be able to work and maintain a healthy work-life balance too!


They say that sitting is the new smoking, so if you’re health-conscious and looking for a career that won’t have you chained to a desk, teaching swimming is well worth considering! 

Swimming regularly is known to have a whole host of health benefits, so you’ll sleep easy at night knowing you’ve had a part in helping your students to develop healthy habits in the form of regular exercise (although you might be sleeping well because of all that swimming you’ve done)! And, while you’re getting paid to teach Kiwis about swimming and water safety, you can also be keeping fit and safeguarding your own health for years to come - talk about a win-win!

Job satisfaction

In New Zealand, it’s essential that all of our young people learn to swim so that we can ensure their safety around our beaches, rivers, lakes, and pools. 

Teaching swimming and seeing your students learn new skills and gain confidence in the water can be a great source of job satisfaction! What could be better than coming to work every day and helping the people around you to achieve their goals?

Learning opportunities 

We recently wrote a blog on all of the fun things our students have taught us, but when teaching swimming, there are boatloads of learning opportunities! 

No matter where you work, you’ll likely do a lot of learning on the job, not just from your students, but from your team and your mentors. There are also plenty of courses and qualifications you could pursue, and some swim schools may help you to work towards achieving them. 

Learning opportunities  when Teaching Swimming

Transferable skills

Whether you decide to pursue a long-term career teaching swimming, or whether working as a swimming teacher is a step in the direction of another career, there’s so much you’ll learn as a swim school teacher that could be easily transferred into another role. 

By teaching swimming, you’ll level up your communication skills like nowhere else! Whether you are teaching babies, toddlers, school kids, or adults, you’ll be constantly communicating with and providing positive feedback to each student so that they know what to do in the water. You’ll have to be organised, patient, and adapt when necessary so that everyone gets the most out of their class, and your lessons don’t run over time. 

While teaching swimming might be one of the few jobs that require you to be in water a majority of the time, it’ll help you to hone plenty of skills that recruiters look for when they are hiring for jobs on dry land! 

Why Fulton Swim School?

Teaching swimming can be an ideal part-time job or even a full-time career for those who enjoy working with people, have a passion for swimming, and want a flexible and rewarding job. 

We teach Kiwis at a wide range of ages and stages, so if you’re new to the industry, and you’d like to explore teaching swimming to a range of students, or you love variety in your work, it’s a great place to be! 

Most importantly, we think we’ve got the best team around - but we’ll let you be the judge of that! So, whether you live in Upper Hutt, Papamoa, or somewhere in between, we’ve got swim schools all over the North Island, which means that teaching swimming at your local Fulton Swim School could be the perfect next move in your career. 

If you’d like to learn more about working as a swimming teacher - check out our blog! And if it sounds like your kind of gig, apply to join the Fulton Swim School team