AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics - Access & Inclusion (TAI)

Develop your swimming and water safety skills with the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion (TAI) course, designed to make a difference in the lives of Australians living with a disability.      


Become an AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics - Access and Inclusion (TAI)

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion course is designed to provide AUSTSWIM Teachers with the knowledge required to empower diverse groups of people to feel safer in, on and around water. Upon completion of this course, AUSTSWIM Teachers will be able to deliver programs and services that meet the needs of a diverse range of people who use the aquatic environment. 

Originally known as AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics for People with a Disability, this course has been updated and extended to reflect the growing size and diversity of today’s communities.

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion adopts an educational approach to training and allows AUSTSWIM Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety to provide aquatics access and inclusion to all people regardless of: 

  • Disability 
  • Chronic condition 
  • Age 
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) 

View full course information below.


  • Specialist Industry Qualification
  • Ability to teach people with disabilities,chronic conditions,aged related conditions, and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD).
  • Automatic licence extension from completion date valued at up to $255
  • $20m Complimentary Teacher Insurance Valued at $100 per year (terms apply)
  • Increased Employment Opportunities
  • Hard Copy Training & Resource Manual valued at $55
  • 2Units of Competency-SISCAQU012 Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities SISXDIS001 Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability
  • Ability to be nominated for AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics - Access and Inclusion (TAI) State and National Award
  • World leading ISO 17024 Certification

This course is aimed at current licence holders of the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (TSW) accreditation. It is ideal for those looking to redesign diversity and who have the desire to teach and improve water safety for the whole community.

The AUSTSWIM Access and Inclusion course identifies the phases of an aquatic life span journey from childhood to older adulthood. This course educates AUSTSWIM Teachers on these phases for people with a range of abilities, cognitive function, congenital or acquired injury, disability, chronic illness or cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Candidates in Australia: 

Must be an Australian or NZ Citizen, or hold an appropriate VISA allowing the candidate to undertake education. Please note: AUSTSWIM is not a CRICOS provider and cannot enrol students on an international student visa.
Must provide their valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) number at the time of enrolment for verification by AUSTSWIM. A USI is a reference number required by the Commonwealth statutory office (Student Identifiers Act 2014) and is obtained from the USI Registrar.  
For more information and to create a USI, visit the USI website.


Candidates in Australia and New Zealand: 

Must provide a current Working with Children Check (WWCC). Although this is not expressly required before enrolling, it must be provided prior to commencing industry training.

Please follow the link to find the individual requirements for your state, territory or country. There may be exceptions for under 18s in some locations. 
Click Here to view our Child Protection and Working With Children Check Information.


All Candidates:

May enrol in an AUSTSWIM course at 16 years of age. However, candidates will not be eligible to receive the AUSTSWIM accreditation until they are 17 years of age.  
Are required to have a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability to perform the required aquatic skills.   
Are required to have access to a computer and the internet to access the online modules outside of face-to-face training.   


This interactive course is delivered in a blended format, consisting of theory and practical components.

It requires attendance at a face-to-face training session over a full day and the successful completion of an online interactive component. Candidates are also required to complete supervised industry training in a swim teaching environment in a range of teaching conditions.

The course consists of theory and practical components:

  1. Theory component – topics may be offered through classroom attendance or selected topics via AUSTSWIM’s e-learning centre.

  2. Practical component – involves swimming activities that may be carried out in shallow or deep water.

Candidates have 12 months to complete their training for all AUSTSWIM courses unless otherwise stated. This means the completion and submission of all assessments within 12 months of commencing the course.

The course consists of approximately eight contact hours (theory and practical), an online learning component, plus supervised on the job teaching hours.


The topics for this course include: 

  • A journey through aquatic participation 

  • Safety and legal issues 

  • Communication and perception 

  • Plan, deliver and review 

  • Skills for movement through the water

To receive your AUSTSWIM Accreditation, the following additional requirements need to be submitted:

  • Completed Teacher Declaration: agree to abide by the AUSTSWIM Code of Conduct.  

  • Completed brief online course evaluation.

  • Evidence of holding a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) statement of attainment.

  • Click Here to see further information on CPR Requirements.

  • An endorsed photo for AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence.

  • Practical teaching hours including observation, supervised teaching and assessment of teaching competency.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, candidates will receive the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion (TAI) accreditation and as a result be issued the AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence. 

Note: When you complete an AUSTSWIM extension course, your AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence will be automatically renewed for a further three years from the date when the extension licence is issued. If you complete your AUSTSWIM course after the initial 12 months, or your AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence has previously expired, your licence may be subject to backdating.  

Who is covered?

All employed and volunteer AUSTSWIM Licenced Teachers and contract* AUSTSWIM Licenced Teachers while engaged by a swim school.

You must be a resident of Australia or Singapore* and the holder of a current AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence issued in Australia.

In addition, the policy will cover an Australian resident while working in a swim teaching role overseas.


How much am I covered for?

  • $20Million Public Liability any one occurrence

  • $20Million Product Liability any one occurrence

  • $10Million Professional Indemnity Insurance any one claim and in the aggregate

Click Here to see an overview of the complimentary insurance.


The AUSTSWIM Accreditation is the industry benchmark. It is underpinned by the learnings of over 40 years of training and in excess of 360,000 teachers. AUSTSWIM training courses are delivered using the following 3 key areas:  


AUSTSWIM Learning Pillars

The AUSTSWIM Learning Pillars form a framework that clearly and succinctly defines and describes swimming and water safety. They form the foundation for AUSTSWIM's core business and community focus. The AUSTSWIM Learning Pillars involve an impact throughout our organisational spectrum, industry, government and community, to ensure quality for accreditation and education. The standard is high; we are committed to implementing an effective structure and process to reduce drowning, the impact of aquatic accidents and strive for safer swimming and water safety.

Click Here to see information on the AUSTSWIM Learning Pillars.


AUSTSWIM Standards   

The AUSTSWIM Standards are a quality framework/system that has been thoroughly researched and specifically designed and developed by the AUSTSWIM Standards Working Group, in consultation with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. The AUSTSWIM Standards link to the accreditation and licencing which surrounds AUSTSWIM training and the further development of a Standards Toolbox.

Click Here to see information on the AUSTSWIM Standards.


AUSTSWIM Philosophy  

The word ‘philosophy’ is of Greek origin and means ‘love of knowledge'. When this term is used in relation to aquatic education, it refers to accepted ideals and beliefs about the teaching of swimming and water safety. When teachers are planning an adult program, AUSTSWIM encourages them to see the participant as the main focus of the program.   

A shift in focus on living with disability has created a range of benefits, including shaping the way our communities think and feel about people with disabilities. Disability is no longer viewed in a purely medical context; today we strive to focus on the functional ability, rather than the medical condition, and seek opportunities to enhance participation through problem solving and overcoming barriers. 

AUSTSWIM supports and promotes this philosophy – it is the impetus for expanding this course of study to include a variety of population groups. 

Click Here to see AUSTSWIM's Mission, Vision, and Values.


Click Here to view AUSTSWIM's Code of Conduct.

The Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion Teacher course contains units of competency which are nationally recognised from the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training package. Upon successful completion of all assessment requirements, candidates will be issued a Statement of Attainment for the following units:

  • SISCAQU012 Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities

  • SISXDIS001 Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability

Please click here to find an AUSTSWIM course in your area.

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Further Your Training

If you hold an AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence, there are a number of opportunities available to further your training. These include further accredited courses and professional development workshops, conferences, seminars and forums.  


AUSTSWIM offers a range of courses including:

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety  

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics- Access and Inclusion

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes  

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults

  • WETS Aqua Fitness Instructor Course

Click Here to view AUSTSWIM's Terms and Conditions.

Click Here view AUSTSWIM's Candidate Information Guide.