You need to complete a recognised course to be accredited as a swimming instructor. This involves the completion of a core theory course (1 day course or CD ROM) and an elective course (2 day course). Upon completion of this you must sit an exam/or complete an assignment, complete a nominal 20 hours of teaching experience and have an assessment of your teaching competence via a half hour lesson with at least 4 children in the lesson. In addition, swimming instructors must complete a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation certificate to obtain their swimming instructor certificate.
More information can be obtained from AUSTSWIM by calling 1300 885 666.
Are there any requirements to begin swimming instructor training? To enrol in a course you must be 16 years of age or older. To be issued with your AUSTSWIM Swimming Instructor certificate you must be at least 17 years of age. You need a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability. No other certifications are required prior to commencement of swimming instructor training.
The AUSTSWIM qualification gives you peace of mind that your instructor has done specific teacher training from a recognised provider. This will assist in ensuring that they are following recognised learning strategies based upon your child's age and development.