Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety

The following information is relevant to people who are interested in becoming an AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.

AUSTSWIM Training Courses are designed for Australians who are passionate about teaching water safety and saving lives. Each course is specifically developed to educate the next generation of swimming teachers, and help to ensure the safety of students across Australia. 

In a world-first, AUSTSWIM has been accredited against ISO/IEC 17024 for how our organisation accredits and licenses AUSTSWIM Teachers. This positions our teachers above the rest and helps to ensure that an AUSTSWIM accreditation provides safer swimming and water safety lessons for students everywhere.

There is a vast range of AUSTSWIM courses available, with many containing units of competency which are nationally recognised as a part of the Registered Training Organisation (TOID: 104975).

Diversify your career opportunities and join Australia’s best swimming teachers with the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety accreditation.  AUSTSWIM Licenced Teachers have water safety experience that is second-to-none, helping to empower people and encourage active lifestyles.

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  • Specialist Industry Qualification 
  • $20m Complimentary Teacher Insurance Valued at $100 per year (terms apply) 
  • Essential competencies to teach swimmers 4 years – adults 
  • Increased Employment Opportunities 
  • Ability to be nominated for The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water  State and National Award 
  • Automatic licence for 3 years from completion date valued at up to $255 
  • Hard Copy Training & Resource Manual valued at $75 
  • World leading ISO 17024 Certification 
  • 4 units of competency:  
    • SISCAQU008 Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills
    • SISCAQU009 Instruct water safety and survival skills
    • SISCAQU010 Instruct swimming strokes
    • SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues

This course is aimed at people entering the aquatics and community recreation industry. If you have a love for swimming, physical activity, learning and children – this course is your entry point into the aquatics and community recreation.

The purpose of this entry course is to provide the knowledge and information required to professionally deliver swimming and water safety programs and services to a diverse range of people who use aquatic environments. This is the base accreditation that you must gain before you can attempt any of the AUSTSWIM specialist extension courses.

The accreditation of AUSTSWIM Teachers is not only recognised in each state and territory of Australia, but also in many countries overseas. This puts you in the best position to find employment at the end of your course and opens up many opportunities across the country.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (TSW) course is the benchmark for candidates looking to begin a career as a Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety. The purpose of this entry course is to provide the knowledge and information required to professionally deliver swimming and water safety programs and services to a diverse range of people who use aquatic environments. This is the base accreditation that you must gain before you can attempt any of the AUSTSWIM specialist extension courses.

Upon completion of all the course requirements, candidates will be accredited with the AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence which is valid for three years. The course includes vocational education and training requirements, plus non-accredited training requirements which have been specifically designed by AUSTSWIM. This is the industry standard for Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety.

The TSW course is designed to enable candidates to understand how to engage and interact directly with a diverse range of students in a way that makes a difference to our communities.

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 two full days 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 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.

Assessment of the candidate’s knowledge and skills is undertaken throughout all three delivery modes.

Topics include:

  • Introduction – an overview of AUSTSWIM and the aquatic industry

  • Plan, deliver and review a lesson

  • How people learn

  • Being an effective teacher

  • Principles of movement in water

  • Aquatic safety, survival and rescue skills

  • Water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility

  • Teaching safer diving skills

  • Towards efficient stroke development

  • Legal responsibilities for the AUSTSWIM Teacher

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.

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 350,000 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 an adult 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 Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety 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:

  • SISCAQU008 Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills

  • SISCAQU009 Instruct water safety and survival skills    

  • SISCAQU010 Instruct swimming strokes

  • SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues

Please click here to find an AUSTSWIM course in your area.

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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

Click Here to view AUSTSWIM's Terms and Conditions.

Click Here view AUSTSWIM's Candidate Information Guide.