I am an AUSTSWIM Teacher

As an AUSTSWIM Licensed Teacher, you play a vital role in saving lives by educating Australians on swimming and water safety. AUSTSWIM offers ongoing training and professional development opportunities to ensure that you have all the skills necessary to get the most out of the important work you do.

By diversifying your skills and knowledge with AUSTSWIM, as a swim teacher, you will be able to help people become confident swimmers, create a safer community and be able to engage with more people to teach the essential principles and practices of water safety.

 


I WANT TO TAKE A SPECIALIST EXTENSION COURSE 

 
AUSTSWIM offers a variety of accredited courses, professional development workshops, conferences, seminars and forums to ensure you get the most out of your aquatics teaching career.

AUSTSWIM's range of courses include:

 

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Competitive Strokes
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults
AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults
WETS Aqua Instructor Course
WETS Aqua Instructor

I NEED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A requirement for renewing your licence is 10 hours of Professional Development (PD). PD refers to any training that you have undertaken that develops your skills as a swimming teacher. This can be industry PD or additional PD that can still relate back to upskilling. We accept PD from the last 3 years.

AUSTSWIM’s online professional development opportunities are designed to keep you connected and engaged with your career. If you are interested in taking an online course with AUSTSWIM, check out the AUSTSWIM course calendar or shop. Or, we have provided some extra options from inside and outside of the industry! 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in contact with AUSTSWIM directly on 1300 885 666. A member of our team will be happy to handle your query personally.

 

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I Want to Renew

HOW TO RENEW YOUR AUSTSWIM TEACHER LICENCE

An AUSTSWIM Licence is valid for three years and must be renewed prior to the expiry date to remain valid. Your expiry date can be found on your AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence.
 
RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Provide evidence of 20 hours of practical teaching experience within the past 3 years.
  • Provide evidence of 10 hours of professional development within the past 3 years. 
RENEWAL PRICE $275
  • This covers 3 years of AUSTSWIM Teacher registration, 3 years of personal teacher insurance cover, administration and processing fees, and a new digital licence.  
  • Teachers renewing their AUSTSWIM licence will also receive a $100 voucher (valid for 3 years) which can be used on all AUSTSWIM Extension Courses.
LATE FEES
  • $50 – late fee incurred if license has expired up to 3 months.
  • $100 - late fee incurred if license has expired for longer than 3 months and less than 12 months. 
If your AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence has been expired for longer than 12 months – you will be required to complete one of the following: 
  • Enrol in online Industry Upskill Training.
  • Re-enrol and complete the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (TSW) course.
  • Apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).
Contact info@austswim.com.au to apply.
 

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.


PRICING

As of July 2024 the standard fee for a renewal is $275AUD - this covers 3 years of registration, 3 years of insurance, admin fees, and a new digital licence card. If you have not expired yet, your new three (3) year licence will commence from your current renewal due date. If you were to submit after expiry, the following late fees may apply: 
 
Standard renewal before expiry = $275.00
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Licence expired up to 3 months $325.00)  
Licence expired between 3 months and 36 months = $375
 
 

AUSTSWIM TEACHER LICENCE

AUSTSWIM is Australia’s national organisation for the Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety courses.
 
Our vision is that every Australian will be taught swimming and water safety skills by an Accredited AUSTSWIM Teacher, enabling them to enjoy aquatic environments and activities in a safer way. The AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence is recognised as the industry standard for Swimming and Water Safety courses and is delivered and recognised in each state and territory of Australia and many countries overseas.
 
The AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence is recognised by the industry as the minimum requirement to be a Swimming and Water Safety teacher.

 

AUSTSWIM Swim Teacher teaching at the side of a pool. Performing swim stroke for her class.

Recognition of Prior learning

Swim teacher standing with her arm around her swim class of young children. Everyone smilling to the camera.

WHAT IS RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING?  

The process of gaining the AUSTSWIM Licence through recognition of prior learning is currently under review. 
 
When you have built up skills throughout your previous study and career, you deserve to have them recognised when striving for a new qualification – or wanting to renew an old one. The Recognition of Prior Learning process means that you won’t have to repeat your entire qualification to become an AUSTSWIM Teacher again.
 
The  Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)  regulates education in Australia and ensures that you are entitled to have your previous experience, training and skills recognised when studying for a new qualification.
 
The policies and procedures of each Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will be different when it comes to assessing your eligibility for RPL, but the basis of having your past training and skills be acknowledged remains the same. At AUSTSWIM, we provide RPL as a legitimate and fast-tracked pathway for you to regain your accreditation and be issued an AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Licence, allowing you to return to the work that you love.
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WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GAINING RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)?

Eligibility for RPL requires candidates to:
  • Demonstrate competency in aquatic skills and knowledge
  • Successfully complete AUSTSWIM accreditation requirements
 
The process of gaining the AUSTSWIM Licence through recognition of prior learning is currently under review. 
 
 
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AUSTSWIM accreditation pathway infographic. Steps necessary to become accredited in AUSTSWIMs extension courses.

 

I am an International Teacher

AUSTSWIM believes that anybody with a passion for educating swimmers and saving lives deserves to find the work they love. If you currently hold an international swimming teacher qualification and would like to seek work in Australia, AUSTSWIM is here to help you along your journey.

By getting your qualifications recognised with AUSTSWIM, you will be well on your way to teaching water safety in Australia. With the AUSTSWIM accreditation, you will have all the skills and knowledge needed to teach swimming the Australian way and keep Australians safer in, on and around water.

AUSTSWIM recognises the skills and experience of international teachers who teach swimming and water safety through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). AUSTSWIM evaluates and recognises the knowledge, skills and experience against AUSTSWIM requirements and makes your journey to becoming qualified easier. The International RPL process is only applicable in Australia and New Zealand. If you have a swimming teacher qualification from another country, you can discuss RPL options with an AUSTSWIM Course Provider and apply today.

 


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RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS

In accordance with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), AUSTSWIM may acknowledge the skills and abilities a teacher has previously acquired through formal and non-formal learning, plus any previous volunteering or work experience.

Eligibility for RPL requires candidates to:
  • Demonstrate competency in aquatic skills and knowledge.
  • Successfully complete AUSTSWIM accreditation requirements.
  • Complete the AUSTSWIM RPL Process – Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.
  • Complete the unit of competency requirements.
The above assessment elements must be successfully completed to gain the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Licence.

Please note:  Candidates must be at least 16 years of age to gain the AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence.  
Please contact the AUSTSWIM business centre in your state for further information.

 

 

 

I Hold Another Teacher Qualification

LICENCE TRANSFER

 
An AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Licence will be issued and valid for 3 years. 
Please note as this is not a credit transfer, no new statement of attainment will be issued.

LICENCE TRANSFER PRICE $175 
  • Teachers transferring their licence to AUSTSWIM will become eligible for the AUSTSWIM Extension Course price of $315.
ELIGIBILITY
  • You must hold a valid and current Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Licence from another reputable provider. 
LICENCE TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS
  • Provide evidence of a current Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Licence from another reputable provider.
  • Provide evidence of 20 hours of practical teaching experience within the past 3 years.
  • Provide evidence of 10 hours of professional development within the past 3 years. 
  • Completion of an online learning module – AUSTSWIM Licence Learning 1 hour (at no additional cost). 
Contact info@austswim.com.au to apply. 

 

Resources and Policies

Our Guidelines are devised by industry stakeholders in a consultative and transparent process and represent the collective opinion of the aquatics industry and a range of expert personnel across Australia.
 
Local government, education departments, teachers and consumers can be confident that AUSTSWIM-trained and accredited educators are meeting the highest standards to foster safer aquatic participation.
 
This information centre contains application forms and material relevant to AUSTSWIM teachers, presenters and recognised swim schools.