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, so the choice is yours.
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 free Teacher Workshops throughout Queensland. 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?
- Teacher Workshop Dates & Registration
- Who Can Attend A Swimming Queensland Teacher Workshop?
- 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
- What Do I Need To Bring To A Teacher Workshop?
- Sun Protection e.g. sunscreen, hat, sun top
- Water Bottle
- Lunch/Additional Food
- Note Pad and Pen
- Wet Suit
- Towels x 2
- Photo Identification
- What Are The Swim Australia Teacher Qualifications?
- What’s The Difference Between Swim Teaching And Coaching?
- 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).
- Improving body positioning in the water;
- Decreasing resistance through streamlining;
- Developing more efficient stroke mechanics;
- Training their body for adaptation.
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 courses including Swim Australia Teacher Learners with Disability (SAT LWD), Swim Australia Teacher Adolescents and Adults (SAT AA)* and Swim Australia Teacher Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (SAT CALD)*.
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. 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.
We have Teacher Workshops happening all the time across Queensland. Upcoming dates and locations are listed below.
Type of Workshop
Flyer & Registration
Saturday 6 April
Swimming Queensland Teacher Workshops are open to anyone 15-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:
*Note, the minimum age requirement to receive the Swim Australia Teacher qualification and work as a Swim Teacher is 17 years.
Once you’ve completed the registration above, you’ll receive confirmation from Swimming Queensland.
You’ll also receive correspondance from Swimming Queensland and ascta 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:
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
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
Swim Australia Teacher Adolescents and Adults (SAT AA)
Swim Australia Teacher Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (SAT CALD)
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 generally focus on teaching the basic skills required to survive in an aquatic environment. This includes teaching things such as:
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:
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.