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.
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.
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
- Be at least 16 years old with a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability.
- 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.
- Attain AUSTSWIM training licence via the AUSTSWIM training program, including in-person and online training and supervised work experience.