Teacher of Aquatics - Access and Inclusion (New Zealand)

Course Overview
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) 


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 desire to teach and improve water safety for the whole community.
*Please note: Accreditations gained Internationally are not valid in Australia. For further information, Candidates may contact AUSTSWIM International at austswimint@austswim.com.au
Please be advised that completion of TSW - Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety is a prerequisite for enrolling in any of our extension courses.

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  • Specialist Industry Qualification 
  • $20m Complimentary Teacher Insurance Valued at $100 per year (terms apply)  
  • Ability to teach people with disabilities, chronic conditions, aged related conditions, and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD). 
  • Increased Employment Opportunities 
  • Ability to be nominated for AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics - Access and Inclusion (TAI) State and National Award 
  • Online Training & Resource Manual valued at $55 
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), 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
Candidates will be assessed using the five subject areas of the course. This assessment will analyse your competency of skill, knowledge and understanding in the delivery of swimming and water safety during the face-to-face, online and industry training components.  
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. 
  • 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.
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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