Teach Swimming in St Lucia

Make a real difference on your gap year by coaching swimming to children in the Caribbean.

Program Description

St. Lucia is an island surrounded by incredible sandy beaches and clear blue seas, however many of its inhabitants can not swim and drownings among children are not uncommon. There is a particular need for swim lessons within the island’s poorest communities. During your placement will teach beginner and intermediate swim lessons to children aged between 7 and 14 using our tried and tested methods within pools and beaches.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference, potentially even saving lives, while testing your abilities as a coach. How many people do you know who teach children to swim in the Caribbean sea?

Swim coach in the Caribbean
Teach swimming in the Caribbean

Aims & Objectives

The aim of the placement is to teach as many St. Lucian children as possible to swim then develop their technique to improve abilities. Our aim is that this will be achieved by you delivering regular swim lesson to children, teaching various strokes, techniques and survival skills.

There are few public swimming pools in St Lucia, and these all charge high fees for children to use. Our project offers children from the most disadvantaged communities free transportation to the beach so they can take part in our swimming lessons.

Program participant criteria

To volunteer as a coach you must be a minimum of 18 years old. There is no maximum age and we welcome everyone who is passionate to help. But our volunteers do tend on average to be aged 18 to 25. No coaching qualifications are required, just a desire to help others. Obviously a background in swimming is helpful (and recommended).

Project Overview


  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 24-hour assistance from our in-country team
  • Coaching placements
  • Welcome orientation
  • Pre-departure support
  • Transport to and from training sessions,
  • Coaching shirt
  • Breakfast

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Additional food
  • Excursions
Project Length Cost
Two Weeks £695
Four Weeks £1195
Six Weeks £1595
Eight Weeks £1995
Ten Weeks £2395
Twelve Weeks £2795

Dates for 2022 Projects

Project Start Date Duration
4th February 2 to 30 Weeks
18th February 2 to 28 Weeks
4th March 2 to 26 Weeks
18th March 2 to 24 Weeks
1st April 2 to 22 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
15th April 2 to 20 Weeks
29th April 2 to 18 Weeks
13th May 2 to 16 Weeks
27th May 2 to 14 Weeks
10th June 2 to 12 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
24th June 2 to 10 Weeks
8th July 2 to 8 Weeks
22nd July 2 to 6 Weeks
5th August 2 to 4 Weeks
19th August 2 Weeks