Become a part of the solution to the Aqua Instructors shortage. Across Australia, the aqua industry is rapidly expanding and requires a new generation of AUSTSWIM WETS Aqua Instructors to keep up with demand.

AUSTSWIM Teachers have the perfect opportunity to specialise in an industry that is driven by physical activity and a passion for aquatic environments. Diversify your career today within one of the most in-demand sectors of the aquatic industry.

The WETS system utilises a formula that recognises that neither the instructor nor the participant is able to sustain the high-energy moves throughout the whole class. Thereby, the WETS system is guided by these key principles:

  • Weighted – the ‘breather’
  • Energetic – the moves that build momentum
  • Turbulent – the fast-paced and challenging moves
  • Suspended – the energetic moves

The success derived from the WETS formula has led to the development of ongoing high-quality aqua training that sets the benchmark for all candidates.

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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

Leading aqua classes is a fun and rewarding career choice for many Australians.

You do not need any formal qualifications to undertake this course. If you love physical activity, have been an aqua participant on a regular basis and are confident to lead a group of people from the pool deck in public – then this course is for you.

AUSTSWIM encourages aquatic activity for all community members. The AUSTSWIM Aqua Instructor training, under the AUSTSWIM banner, aims to allow a wider number of communities access to pivotal recreational exercise.

The following dictates the prerequisites for candidates intending to teach in Australia and New Zealand.



1. 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.

2. Are required to have a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to:

  • Participate in high energy aqua fitness sessions.

  • Swim 25 meters unassisted and swim confidently in deep water.

  • Successfully demonstrate exercises such as high knee jog, star jumps and more – for a minimum of two repetitions.

  • Demonstrate basic water rescues.

  • Easily get down on and up from the floor to demonstrate exercises & rescue techniques.

3. 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.

4. 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.


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 three full days and the successful completion of an online interactive component. Candidates are also required to complete supervised industry training in an aquatic environment with a range of teaching conditions. 

The AUSTSWIM Aqua Instructor course conducted by AUSTSWIM does not have any formal prerequisites. However, it does require the following Aqua Instructor attributes:

  • The ability to work outdoors or in a humid environment.

  • The ability to engage with community members.

  • A specific level of pool deck fitness and endurance.

  • An appreciation of movement to music.

  • An enjoyment of the aquatic environment.

  • Basic water survival skills.

  • MMM - Musicality, Movement, Motivation.

Throughout the three day course, an AUSTSWIM Presenter will video the candidate’s performance and provide detailed feedback.

Please note: The candidate must book in a minimum of two weeks prior to the commencement of the course and complete all the pre-course work before attending.

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 is three days face-to-face, including theory and practical elements, plus supervised on the job teaching hours and assessment.

The topics for this course include:

  • Basic water safety rescues.

  • Class design methods.

  • Music mapping skills.

  • Active practical water sessions.

  • Excellent face to face quality tuition.

  • Knowledge – fundamentals of aqua exercise.

  • Refining technical pool deck presentation skills.

  • WETS formula that makes designing a class simple yet effective.

The resources you receive throughout this course include:

  • AUSTSWIM Aqua Instructor Manual.

  • Three tracks of music.

  • Creative choreography (sample routine plans).

  • Video analysis of yourself on the pool deck and in the water.

  • Online video footage for you to keep – routines and specific moves.

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

  1. Practical teaching hours including observation, supervised teaching and verification of teaching competency.

  2. HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid - Level II First Aid including Current CPR certificate.

    • Click Here to see further information on CPR Requirements.

  3. Complete the Teacher Declaration by agreeing to abide by the AUSTSWIM Code of Conduct

  4. Submit endorsed photo for AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence.

Who is covered?

All employed and volunteer AUSTSWIM Aqua Instructor and contract* AUSTSWIM Aqua Instructors 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 a WETS AQUA 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 WETS Aqua Instructor 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:

The skills competencies are:

  • BSBOPS403     Apply business risk management processes

  • HLTWHS001     Participate in workplace health and safety

  • SISCAQU002    Perform basic water rescues

  • SISCAQU008    Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills

  • SISFFIT008       Instruct water-based fitness activities

  • SISFFIT022       Instruct aquatic sessions for specific population groups


AUSTSWIM Accreditation, Licence and Insurance Requirements

The AUSTSWIM accreditation and licence requirements include additional proficiencies and course requirements, such as:

  • AUSTSWIM WETS Aqua Basics #1 is framed under the AUSTSWIM Learning Pillars preparing the candidate for the specific Aqua Instructor role. Water safety and drowning prevention strategies are an integral element of the AUSTSWIM Learning Pillars.  

  • HLTAID003 -Provide First Aid- Level II First Aid including Current CPR certificate.

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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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