Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes (Australia)

Course Overview
$315 – for AUSTSWIM licence holders only 
$349 – for non AUSTSWIM customers (external)

AUSTSWIM Teachers (only) completing an Extension Course will also receive a $100 voucher (valid for 3 years) which can be used on their next renewal fee. 

Each of AUSTSWIM’s Extension courses provides the equivalent of 10 hours of professional development towards your AUSTSWIM licence renewal. 

Any Teacher who holds a Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety licence or accreditation (Statement of Attainment is accepted) from AUSTSWIM or another provider, can enrol in AUSTSWIM Extension courses. 

Course Description

The AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes course is developed to help AUSTSWIM Teachers enter the workforce as the next generation of competitive coaches. The course aims to ensure that candidates are competent to transition between the teaching and coaching of swimming.
The AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes course is extremely valuable for the Beginner Coach, as it provides a basis to enable all swimmers to achieve good swimming technique. This course is the link between AUSTSWIM and Swimming Australia, allowing the development of the swimmer to occur in a seamless and progressive manner while meeting the needs of the industry.
To partake in this specialist course, candidates must first hold a current Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Licence (TSW). Secondly, the candidate should have the desire to teach children to progress in the world of swimming by becoming the vital link in the swimming coaching chain.
This course will develop your teaching skills in swimming and water safety with an aim of helping children to progress in the world of swimming. This course allows candidates to progress from the AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes award towards Swimming Australia's Development Coach awards.

This course helps teachers to develop their knowledge and expertise in each of the essential disciplines of competitive swimming.   AUSTSWIM and Swimming Australia have partnered to make the transition from teaching swimming and water safety to coaching competitive swimming easier. 
The AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes  course contains NO units of competency.
PLEASE NOTE: AUSTSWIM Extension courses will no longer automatically renew the AUSTSWIM Teacher licence. This is to ensure AUSTSWIM continues to uphold the highest quality standards of swimming and water safety education.

View full course information below.


  • Specialist Industry Qualification 
  • $20m Complimentary Teacher Insurance Valued at $100 per year (terms apply) 
  • Pathway to professional coaching qualification. 
  • Allows you to teach children to progress in the world of swimming and is a vital link in the swimming coaching chain. 
  • Increased Employment Opportunities 
  • Ability to be nominated for AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes State Award and National Award 
  • 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 a full day and the successful completion of an online interactive component. Candidates are also required to complete ten hours of supervised industry training in a swim teaching environment with 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 nine contact hours, consisting of theory and practical training, plus ten hours of practical observation.
The topics for this course include: 
  1. Towards competitive swimming 
  2. External influences and conditions 
  3. Instructional styles 
  4. Learning – making it work 
  5. Development of competitive stroke technique 
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. 
Upon successful completion of all course requirements, candidates will receive the AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes accreditation.
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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