Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (International)


Course Overview

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 specifically designed by AUSTSWIM. This is the industry standard for Teachers of  Swimming and Water Safety. 
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 – The TSW course is your entry point into the aquatics and community recreation industry.
 *Please note: Accreditations gained Internationally are not valid in Australia. For further information, Candidates may contact AUSTSWIM International at austswimint@austswim.com.au



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  • Specialist Industry Qualification
  • Essential competencies to teach swimmers  for (3) years – adults 
  • Increased Employment Opportunities 
  • Ability to be nominated for AUSTSWIM International Awards.
  • Automatic licence for three (3) years from the completion date
  • Online Training & Resource Manual 
Candidates in Australia: 
  • 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 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: 
  1. Introduction – an overview of AUSTSWIM and the aquatic industry 
  2. Plan, deliver and review a lesson  
  3. How people learn 
  4. Being an effective teacher 
  5. Principles of movement in water 
  6. Aquatic safety, survival and rescue skills 
  7. Water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility 
  8. Teaching safer diving skills 
  9. Towards efficient stroke development 
  10. 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.
  • An endorsed photo for 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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