AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (TSW)


Course Description

AUSTSWIM Teaching Swimming and Water Safety

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course provides candidates with essential competencies to teach swimming and water safety to persons from four years of age in swimming pools and confined natural shallow water venues. The certificate is valid for three years.

Pre-requisite: Nil

Minimum Age Requirements: 16 years to participate in the course. AUSTSWIM certificates will not be issued until the candidate turns 17

Course Duration: 15 hours and CD worksheet to be completed prior to the face-to-face course

Assessment: To gain the award, the following assessment components must be satisfactorily completed within 12 months of the course commencement date:

1. On-line theory assessment (completed after attending a course).
2. Continuous Aquatic Sequence.
3. Practical demonstration of teaching skills, including the preparation of lesson plans.
4. Demonstrate competence in water safety techniques. Candidates holding a current Bronze Medallion, Pool Lifeguard or equivalent award, may gain an exemption by providing a copy of the award.

Additional Requirements

1. Practical teaching hours including observation, supervised teaching and verification of teaching competency. It is recommended     candidates undertake 20 hours of supervised teaching experience prior to assessment.
2. Show evidence of holding a current cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) award.
3. Teacher Declaration (completed on-line with theory exam).
4. Submit photo for photo ID card.


On successful completion of all course requirements candidates will receive the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety™ Certificate and AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence™. The AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence™ is valid for 3 years, click here for further information. Candidates will also be issued a Statement of Attainment for the following Units of Competency from the National Community Recreation Industry Training Package:

  • SRC AQU 003B Respond to an aquatic emergency using basic water rescue techniques
  • SRC AQU 008B Apply the principles of movement in water to aquatic activities
  • SRC AQU 009B Instruct water familiarisation, bouyancy and mobility skills
  • SRC AQU 0010B Instruct water safety & survival skills
  • SRC AQU 0011B Instruct the strokes of swimming
  • SRC AQU 013B Collect and analyse information on the philosophy & structure of the Australian aquatic industry
  • SRC CRO 007B Operate in accordance with accepted instructional practises, styles and legal & ethical responsibilities

Note:  All information above has been retrieved from www.austswim.com.au


Course Dates

2010 Course Dates

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