Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics

The following information is relevant to people who are interested in becoming an AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics.

Infant and Preschool aquatics is the number one participation sport in children under four in Australia. Help create a safer Australia with the AUSTSWIM accredited (ISO/IEC 17024) Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics course.

As an AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics, you will shape children’s lifestyles and encourage their natural curiosity and desire to explore and learn through playful interaction with their parents, peers and teachers.

You will play a major role in the development of children in a course that is specifically designed to teach them the skills needed to be safer in, on and around water.

View full course information below.


  • Specialist Industry Qualification
  • Ability to teach 6 months to 4 years of age
  • 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
  • 1 Unit of Competency-SISCAQU011 1 unit of competency
  • Ability to be nominated for AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics State and National Award
  • World leading ISO 17024 Certification

As a teacher, you will play an important role in educating the community on the importance of gaining swimming and water safety skills. You will help children and their families to understand the principles and practices of water safety. You will be expected to develop programs and use teaching methods that are appropriate for the learners’ stages of development and reflect the physical, social, emotional and intellectual competencies of infants and preschool children.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics course is designed to provide aquatic programs that are child-centred and assist infants, young children and parents to become familiar with the water. The course is aimed at those with a desire to teach students aged from six months to four years of age.

This program will allow children to develop water confidence through participation in a range of safer and more enjoyable aquatic activities. In this course, play, exploration and encouragement will aid the development of basic swimming and water safety skills.

This course will give you the skills needed to safely introduce parents and children to the water, plus educate parents in quality supervision of children when in, on and around water. This will also help to enhance bonding between children and parents in the aquatic environment.

AUSTSWIM Licenced Teachers will learn to approach infant aquatic education from a developmental philosophy – respecting the personal, physical and cognitive needs of infants and young children. These teaching methods include developing skills that are highly transferable to other areas of employment, putting teachers in a great position going forward.

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 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 two online interactive components. Part one is available prior to the course and should be completed before attending. Part two will be available after the date of your course. Both parts need to be completed before submitting post-course requirements. Candidates are also required to complete supervised industry training in a swim teaching environment with a range of teaching conditions.

The course consists of theory and practical components:

  1. Theory component – topics may be offered through classroom attendance and 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 consists of approximately 8-14 contact hours (theory and practical), plus supervised on the job teaching hours. The topics for this course include:

  • Philosophy of infant and preschool aquatics

  • Early childhood development

  • Teacher, parent and child relationships

  • Health, hygiene and water safety

  • Water familiarisation

  • Aquatic skill development

  • Plan, deliver and review a lesson

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.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, candidates will receive the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics 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.

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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. AUSTSWIM encourages the development of aquatic programs that are child-centred and are designed to assist infants, young children and parents in becoming familiar with the water.

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


Click Here to view AUSTSWIM's Code of Conduct.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics course contains one unit of competency which is 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 unit:

  • SISCAQU011 Promote development of infants and toddlers in an aquatic environment

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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

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