Certificate in Teaching Aquaphobics (CTA)

Part Of The Aquaphobia Learning Programme

Calling out to all Swimming Teachers

Did you know that there are 13.8 MILLION people in the UK who are too scared to go into a swimming pool or a leisure centre due to a fear of water and aquatic activity.

Why not join the Aquaphobia Coaches, across the UK, teaching the ALP syllabus,
helping people of all ages overcome their fear and learn to swim.



Aquaphobia Learning Programme (ALP)

That figure of 13 million adults

is nearly double the population of London, who are afraid to take part in any form of swimming and over 33% of the adult population state they know at least one person who has a real fear of the water. There are four million people of all ages who won’t even get in a bath with a similar percentage who cannot put their faces under a shower.

Aquaphobia can have a very real impact on a person’s quality of life, sometimes cripplingly so. They miss out on opportunities, experiences, time with their families, and it can leave a person feeling alone, embarrassed, or frightened.
Now, with ALP, there is a real solution.

The best thing about ALP is that it works within the operators normal programmed schedules without the need to create any additional slots.

This is an untapped market for Aquaphobia coaches

  • ALP is the best swimming tuition programme I have seen in the last 20 years

    Spencer Moore Director of Strategy for the Chartered Institute of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), previously Head of Coach Development for Swim England

Who is it for?


his course, Certificate in Teaching Aquaphobics (CTA) aims to teach aquatic & leisure professionals how to understand, identify and by using the  Aquaphobic Learning Programme (ALP) treat Aquaphobics, weak and non-swimmers from both a psychological and physical perspective.

The professional development course establishes a swimming teacher an Aquaphobia Coach (A.C) & then an Advanced Aquaphobia Coach. Who then will be able to assess the severity of an individual’s fear or phobia and support them through the recovery process to stress free happy swimming. If you are a swimming teacher, Swim England or equivalent, who is actively training and want to increase your skills and revenue, this is a must for you. 

  • Whether you are a professional looking to qualify as an Aquaphobia Coach or an individual wanting to overcome your fear and become a swimmer, this is the ideal training course for you

    Martin Symcox Former IQL UK Director

Certificate In Teaching Aquaphobics  

Your Professional Aquaphobia Coaching Pathway


Aquaphobia Coach

CTA Digital Edition RRP

Trial Price

5 CIMPSA Points
RLSS Endorsed Certificate

This certification is valid in the UK only


Advanced Aquaphobia Coach

CTA Face-2-Face RRP

Trial Price

CPD’s 1 & 2 bundle package RRP £82.50 (when bought together)
= 10 CIMPSA points & 2 certificates.
Prices may vary dependant upon your provider and location

This certification is valid in the UK only


National Aquaphobia Trainer Assessor

(course price includes CPD’s 1, 2 & 3)
Price on request

5 CIMPSA points for each CPD
(subject to entry criteria)

This certification is valid in the UK only


CPD 1 – CTA Digital Edition

  • This [The ALP product] is an amazing resource and a real game-changer for the leisure industry

    Jacqui Tillman Group Swim Manager, Everyone Active

The educational environment is made up of a 3D leisure centre that consists of a reception area, a classroom, a changing room, café and a virtual pool. Structured within a 3D world, in first person, the Aquaphobia Coach (A.C.) is taken through the content engaging with real-life, swimmer characters.

Meeting each one in the reception to hear their own stories, how and why, they became Aquaphobic. AC’s will be directed to the café to undertake an induction using the (ALP) tool kit. There we focus on one main character, Anne-Marie who will become your first Aquaphobia client. Also, travelling to the classroom, to attend each of the 3 key teaching sessions.

This is complemented by the Activity Sheets, that allow you to interact directly with the learning content and to gauge your own progress with regular learning checks.

Adjacent to the classroom is the ALP 3D interactive virtual swimming pool. Complete with A.C and S.E.U avatars, undertaking each of the 12 ALP Stages in the water. The user can interact with these models, even dive into the water for a unique fully immersive experience. 5 CIMPSA points.

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About ALP

The Aquaphobia Learning Programme (ALP) is a 12-stage step approach to support those with a fear of water, providing them with the confidence, skills and techniques to enjoy the unique freedom that being in water can give.

Distinctive from swimming programmes, ALP focuses on eliminating and desensitising fear, with the physical mechanics of swimming being secondary. The aim of the programme is to teach a participant how to relax, float, feel happy and in control in the water and reduce all stresses in a safe and careful way.