Become a Swim Teacher

Become a Swim Teacher

Becoming a qualified swim teacher will give you the necessary skills to gain employment working with families and the community; teaching fundamental aquatic skills in a fun, safe and educational environment.

There are two nationally recognised organisations you can study through to become a swim teacher in Australia; these are Swim Australia™ & AUSTSWIM. Either the Swim Australia™ Teacher (SAT) or the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety courses form the base-level qualification required to become a swim teacher.

To further your skills and knowledge in specialised areas, there are also extension courses available through both organisations, which you can read more about below.

Swimming Queensland (SQ) is committed to developing the sport of swimming across the entire community. For this reason, we have partnered with the Georgina Hope Foundation and the Queensland Government to offer Teacher Workshops throughout Queensland at a reduced fee. Attendees can continue their education and complete their qualification at a reduced cost by completing the theory component of the relevant Swim Australia™ Teacher course.

You can find out more about our Teacher Workshop and the steps to becoming a swim teacher below.

  • What Is a Swimming Queensland Teacher Workshop?
  • Swimming Queensland Teacher Workshops are open to any person who may be interested in becoming a qualified swim teacher and provide the practical component of the Swim Australia™ Teacher qualifications. The entry level courses include Swim Australia™ Teacher (SAT), Swim Australia™ Teacher of Babies & Toddlers (SAT B&T) and Swim Australia™ Teacher of Competitive Strokes (SAT CS). Depending on your area of interest, you can choose to begin your journey with any of these three. If you’re aiming to become a coach the SAT CS would be your first step.

    We also offer opportunities to complete the practical components of the Swim Australia™ Teacher extension course Swim Australia™ Teacher Learners with Disability (SAT LWD).

    Participants who successfully complete the relevant practical course requirements are issued with a Statement of Attainment with one or more of the competencies relevant to the workshop you attended.

    Attendees continue their education and complete their qualification at a reduced cost by completing the theory component of the relevant Swim Australia™ Teacher course. These are provided through Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA); the peak body for swimming coaches and teachers in Australia, a stakeholder of Swimming Australia.

    You will receive an invitation to complete the qualification and receive this discount when you register for a Swimming Queensland Teacher Workshop.

  • Teacher Workshop Dates & Registration
  • We have Teacher Workshops happening all the time across Queensland. Upcoming dates and locations are listed below.

    Please note

    • Payments for courses are only able to be made by card at the point of registration
    • There have been issues with registering for courses on Department of Education devices. If you run into these, try again on  computer or mobile. If still have an issue registering please touch base with the office (07 3390 2011 /

    Workshop Dates

    Type of Workshop

    Address Cost



    Ocean Grove (VIC)

    Saturday 5 June 2021


    SAT LWD Shell Road, Ocean Grove VIC 3226

    Attendance +

    Accreditation: $230

    Register Here

    *Date Change*


    New Date: Saturday 3 July 2021


    SAT 10 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615

    Attendance +

    Accreditation: $230

    Register Here

    *Date Change*


    New Date: Sunday 4 July 2021


    SAT CS 10 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615

    Attendance +

    Accreditation: $230

    Register Here


    Saturday 17 July 2021


    SAT LWD 10 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615

    Attendance +

    Accreditation: $230

    Register Here


    Sunday 18 July 2021


    SAT B&T 10 Henry St, Nanango QLD 4615

    Attendance +

    Accreditation: $230

    Register Here


  • Who Can Attend A Swimming Queensland Teacher Workshop?
  • Swimming Queensland Teacher Workshops are open to anyone 16-years and over*, who are interested in becoming a swimming teacher. There are no pre-requisites to attending a Teacher Workshop, however there may be some pre-requisites to gaining the Swim Australia™ Teacher qualification.

    People who might attend:

    • School teachers looking for professional development;
    • Adults and teenagers interested in pursuing a career in learn-to-swim teaching or coaching;
    • Previous or current swimmers looking for employment opportunities in swimming;
    • Parents interested in creating a safe swimming environment at home and in the community; and
    • People working within the disability sector e.g. physiotherapists, exercise physiologist, occupational therapists

    *Note: The minimum age requirement to receive the Swim Australia™ Teacher qualification and work as a Swim Teacher is 17 years. This policy can be found here.


  • What Do I Need To Bring To A Teacher Workshop?
  • Once you’ve completed the registration above, you’ll receive confirmation from Swimming Queensland.

    You’ll also receive correspondance from Swimming Queensland in the week leading up to the Teacher Workshop detailing the course requirements and specific details.

    Here’s what you may want to bring along on the day:

    • Swimwear
    • Sun Protection e.g. sunscreen, hat, sun top
    • Goggles
    • Water Bottle
    • Lunch/Additional Food
    • Note Pad and Pen
    • Wet Suit
    • Towels x 2
    • Photo Identification
  • What Are The Swim Australia™ Teacher Qualifications?
  • Entry Level Courses

    Swim Australia™ Teacher (SAT) ~ 8 Hours

    SISCAQU002 – Perform basic water rescues

    SISCAQU008  – Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills 

    SISCAQU009 – Instruct water safety and survival skills

    SISCAQU010 – Instruct swimming strokes

    SISCCRO302A  – Apply legal and ethical instructional skills

    Swim Australia™ Teacher of Babies & Toddlers (SAT B&T) ~ 5 Hours

    SISCAQU011  – Promote development of infants and toddlers in an aquatic environment

    Swim Australia™ Teacher of Competitive Strokes (SAT CS) ~ 7 Hours

    SISSSWM301A - Teach the competitive strokes of swimming

    SISSSCO101 - Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices

    SISXRSK301A  - Undertake risk analysis of activities


    Extension Courses

    Swim Australia™ Teacher of Learners with Disabilities (SAT LWD) ~ 6 Hours
    *Pre-requisite: Swim Australia Teacher (SAT)

    SISCAQU012  – Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities


    See ASCTA website for more details.

  • What’s The Difference Between Swim Teaching And Coaching?
  • If you are beginning to explore working in the sport of swimming, you may be asking yourself whether you would like to become a swim teacher or a coach, and what the difference is! Below we’ve explained how these roles differ, so you can make the best decision for your chosen career.

    Swim Teachers

    Swim teachers generally focus on teaching the basic skills required to survive in an aquatic environment. This includes teaching things such as:

    • Introducing students to the aquatic environment (e.g. how to get in and out of the water safely for a variety of locations);
    • Demonstrating methods of moving through and over the water (e.g. floating, basic competitive and lifesaving strokes);
    • Instructing how to stay safe in a diverse range of environments (e.g. survival skills, basic rescues, surface dives).

    A qualified swim teacher will acquire the basic theoretical knowledge of teaching strokes, water safety and survival. Swim teachers may go on to specialise their skills in teaching Babies and Toddlers, Adolescents and Adults, Learners with Disability or other niche groups or they may choose to develop their skills as a coach.


    Coaches acquire knowledge which enable them to assist and develop swimmers who already have basic aquatic skills, particularly in the competitive strokes; freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke.

    Through courses coaches gain the ability to instruct swimmers how to improve their technique, coaching swimmers on things such as:

    • Improving body positioning in the water;
    • Decreasing resistance through streamlining;
    • Developing more efficient stroke mechanics;
    • Training their body for adaptation.

    The training a coach undertakes gives them the knowledge and ability to assist swimmers to improve their efficiency, strength and conditioning through both on-land and in-water exercises, alongside motivational strategies and training techniques.

    Some coaches may also choose to gain specific qualifications for working with Adults, Open Water Swimmers, Swimmers with Disability or other specialist areas.

    Should you have any queries about becoming a coach, or regarding your existing accreditation(s), please contact the ASCTA office.


    Phone: (07) 5494 6255

    Interested in becoming a Coach?

    Visit our Become a Coach page.

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