Teacher of Adults (International)

Course Overview
As one of the benchmark courses for teaching adults swimming and water safety in Australia, the  AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults course is highly regarded by employers nationwide. This course will allow you to build on your skills and develop the expertise needed to deliver programs and services to Australian adults. You will be at the forefront of swimming and water safety for adults, and give them the skills needed to use the aquatic environment in a safer way.
If you hold a current AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence and are looking to specialise in educating adult swimmers – this course is for you. 
The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults course aims to provide AUSTSWIM Teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach adult learners. Adult learners range from those who have never had the opportunity to learn to swim, to those who wish to improve their skills, fitness and overall swimming performance.  
This course will assist swimming teachers in facilitating increased participation of adults in learn-to-swim programs, so they can enjoy the many activities that are available to them in the various aquatic environments. 
The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults course contains NO units of competency.
Please be advised that completion of TSW - Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety is a prerequisite for enrolling in any of our extension courses.

View full course information below.

COST: Course fees are in AUD



  • Specialist Industry Qualification 
  • $20m Complimentary Teacher Insurance Valued at $100 per year (terms apply)
  • Essential competencies to teach the adult swimmer including adults who have never learnt to swim, adults who have a fear of water, adults who are inefficient swimmers, adults who want to improve their swimming fitness and performance
  • Increased Employment Opportunities
  • Ability to be nominated for The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults State and National Award 
  • Automatic licence extension from the completion date
  • Training & Resource Manual
  • World-leading ISO 17024 Certification
Candidates in Australia: 
  • Must have completed the AUSTSWIM TSW - Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course as a prerequisite for enrolling in any of our extension courses.
  • Must be an Australian or New Zealand 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. 
All Candidates:  
  • May enrol in an AUSTSWIM course at 16 years of age and are eligible to receive the AUSTSWIM accreditation at 16 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), plus practical observation, supervised teaching hours and assessment.
The topics include:  
  1. Why teach adults to swim?
  2. Understanding the nature of the adult swimmer.
  3. Health, medical and safety issues.
  4. Warm up, flexibility and stretching for the adult swimmer.
  5. The different types of adult swimmers.
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.
  • An endorsed photo for AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence. 
Upon successful completion of all course requirements, candidates will receive the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults Accreditation and, as a result, be issued the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults Licence.
The AUSTSWIM Accreditation is the industry benchmark. It is underpinned by the learnings of over 40 years of training and in excess of 390,000 teachers.
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, and the impact of aquatic accidents and strive for safer swimming and water safety.

AUSTSWIM Course Terms and Conditions  
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AUSTSWIM Candidate Information Guide  
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