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Swimming Instructor

Teach people of all ages how to swim using advanced understanding of swimming techniques and aquatic safety.

What's it like to be a Swimming Instructor?

Swimming Instructors help people of all ages learn to swim and instruct them on matters of water safety. They are trained in aquatic safety, survival and rescue skills and are proficient swimmers, usually capable of swimming at least 25 metres in any given swimming stroke. They often work with children, teaching them water familiarisation, buoyancy techniques and safe diving techniques.

Swimming Instructor

Tasks and duties

  • Teaching people of all ages how to swim, basic swimming strokes and water safety.
  • Planning and implementing teaching strategies, gathering basic documentation to support and reinforce in-person training.
  • Teaching principles of movement in water.
  • Teaching basic aquatic survival and rescue skills.
  • Developing water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility in children and people of all ages.
  • Teaching safer diving skills.
  • Supporting efficient stroke development.
  • Supervising public swimming pools and group swimming sessions.
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Swimming Instructors work in a range of settings such as public pools and aquatic centres, at holiday camps and in educational departments. They may also provide private tuition in residential homes.

What can I earn as a Swimming Instructor?

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How to become a Swimming Instructor


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Swimming Instructors must complete the AUSTSWIM training program to attain licensing. Training consists of 16-20 hours of in-person training, an online component and supervised work experience. A Working with Children Licence is also required.

  1. Be at least 16 years old with a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability.
  2. Hold a current Working with Children Licence. You can apply online, and licensing is mandatory for anyone engaging, or intending to engage in child-related work as an employee or volunteer with children under the age of 18.
  3. Attain AUSTSWIM training licence via the AUSTSWIM training program, including in-person and online training and supervised work experience.

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How do Swimming Instructors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 32 Swimming Instructors surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.2
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
3.5

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Nov 2018
Swimming Instructors have a hard job but also need patience as every child learns differently
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Administration
The good things
I love my job as as a swimming instructor, I get to achieve a life saving skill to young children and give them a smile on their face when they have accomplished a skill.. best feeling ever..
The challenges
I have an amazing leader and is always giving us opportunities to learn in helping children with special needs so they have enjoyment also in learning to swim and survive
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Oct 2018
Swimming instructor can be hard, but it is the most rewarding job I have ever done.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Education
The good things
It is extremely rewarding. Watching children learning to swim and becoming so happy that they can swim is very rewarding and exciting. It’s amazing how little an achievement may be, but it makes the c...
The challenges
It can be very daunting having parents watching you closely, for the entire lesson. This can be very intimidating, but you need to not focus on that, but focus on teaching the children to swim. Furthe...
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Working hours for Swimming Instructors

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