AUSTSWIM Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes (TCS)

The following information is relevant to people who are interested in the AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes course.

Contribute to the most significant stage in the development of future champion swimmers with the AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes specialist extension course. 

For young swimmers, the progression from swimming and water safety programs to learning the fundamentals of effective technique in competitive strokes is extremely important. This is why competitive swim coaches are highly sought-after across Australia. The AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes (TCS) course gives you the skills you need to start your career down the coaching pathway.

The AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes course is developed to help AUSTSWIM Teachers enter the workforce as the next generation of competitive coaches and has been awarded an ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation.

Diversify your career and specialise at AUSTSWIM.

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  • Specialist Industry Qualification
  • Allows you to teach children to progress in the world of swimming and is a vital link in the swimming coaching chain.
  • 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
  • Pathway to professional coaching qualification.
  • Ability to be nominated for AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes State Award and National Award
  • World leading ISO 17024 Certification

To partake in this specialist course, candidates must firstly hold a current AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Licence (TSW). Secondly, the candidate should have a desire to teach children to progress in the world of swimming by becoming the vital link in the swimming coaching chain.

This course will develop your teaching skills in swimming and water safety with an aim of helping children to progress in the world of swimming. This course allows candidates to progress from the AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes award towards Swimming Australia’s Development Coach award. 

This course helps teachers to develop their knowledge and expertise in each of the essential disciplines of competitive swimming.   AUSTSWIM and Swimming Australia have partnered to make the transition from teaching swimming and water safety to coaching competitive swimming easier. 

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 ten hours of 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 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 nine contact hours, consisting of theory and practical training, plus ten hours of practical observation.


The topics for this course include:

  • Towards competitive swimming

  • External influences and conditions

  • Instructional styles

  • Learning – making it work

  • Development of competitive stroke technique

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 Towards Competitive Strokes 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. When teachers are planning a competitive strokes program, AUSTSWIM encourages them to see the participant as the main focus of the program.  

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


Click Here to view AUSTSWIM's Code of Conduct.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes course contains NO units of competency.

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Further Your Training

AUSTSWIM is proud to provide several specialist opportunities for AUSTSWIM Licenced Teachers to ensure their ongoing professional development. AUSTSWIM Licenced Teachers can complete additional accredited courses or attend professional development workshops. There are also a number of seminars, conferences and forums available across the country.

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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