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Become a Swim Teacher

Swim Teaching offers a rewarding and challenging career to over 35,000 Australians, who have the privilege of teaching a vital life skills to children and adults alike. No two days are ever the same for Swim Teachers, as they support their students through the different stages of development, from water familiarisation to advanced swimmers.

If you have a passion and energy for helping others, a willness to demonstrate patience and compassion, and a desire to make a difference, you should consider a career as a Swim Teacher.

Why LSV?

Why LSV?

LSV has the systems and support in place to support your career as a Swim Teacher.

  • Free access to LSV public CPR courses
  • 50% discount on LSV public First Aid courses
  • 50% discount on LSV MHFA courses
  • Free LSV three yearly membership
  • Free access to online professional development
  • Free first License following attendance at LSV course
  • Access to an easy to use re-registration portal
  • Access to industry resources
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • Nationally recognised qualification
  • Industry recognised Licence
  • Flexible training delivery options
  • Formal affiliation with the peak body for water safety in Victoria
  • Support a great organisation and an even better cause


GSPO. SV2. Swimming and Water Safety Teachers

2.2. Initial Training and Qualifications – All Swimming and Water Safety Teachers

2.2.1. To perform the duties of a Swimming and Water Safety Teacher an individual should hold a:

a) Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate issued by a Registered Training Organisation and a;
b) “Working with Children” check or equivalent as required by relevant State or Territory legislation
c) Statement of Attainment with the SISSS00112 – Swimming and Water Safety Teacher skill set endorsed as part of the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package as delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or;
d) Statement of Attainment with the following competencies as delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

  • SISCAQU002 – Perform basic water rescues
  • SISCAQU008 – Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills
  • SISCAQU009 – Instruct water safety and survival skills
  • SISCAQU010 – Instruct swimming strokes

2.2.2. For those teaching specialist groups Swimming and Water Safety Teachers should also hold a current Statement of Attainment with the following competencies:

  • Infant and Pre-School Programs SISCAQU011 – Promote development of infants and toddlers in an aquatic environment and/or;
  • Programs for Disabled Persons SISCAQU012 – Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities.
Industry Licence

Industry Licence

GSPO 2.8. Licensing 

2.8.1. All Swimming and water safety teachers should be licensed no more than every 3 years by process of verification of skills assessment and ongoing professional development.

2.8.2. Licensing of Swimming and water safety teachers should include but not be limited to:

  • Requiring and citing evidence of training and assessment including CPR and basic water rescue techniques
  • Requiring evidence of on-going professional development in both water safety and teaching techniques
  • Requiring an assessment that the swimming and water safety teacher remains a fit and proper person to fulfil their duties

GSPO 2.8. Licensing Schemes

2.8.3. Organisations permitted to issue licences for Swimming and Water Safety Teachers in Australia must:

  • Require the citing of evidence of training and assessment activities
  • Require skills assessments in line with this guideline
  • Require regular training and assessment in basic water rescue skills
  • Require evidence of sufficient ongoing professional development
  • Require working with children checks
  • Have specific mechanisms to engage industry in all decision making in relation to its governance structure and program development of Swimming and Water Safety Programs
  • Support the implementation of the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework for its programs
  • Verify and provide information upon request, as to whether an individual holds a current and valid licence, except where the law requires such information not to be disclosed
  • Maintain documented procedures for the suspension, withdrawal or reduced scope of a licence and any subsequent appeals or complaints
In-service Training / Professional Development

In-service Training / Professional Development

GSPO. 2.5. Currency Training and Professional Development

2.5.1. Swimming and water safety teachers should undertake regular professional development to maintain currency in areas of safety and swim teaching methodology.

2.5.2. It is recommended that Swimming and water safety teachers practice their skills throughout the year, either formally or informally due to the professional nature of the qualification.

2.5.3. Swimming and water safety teachers working at a seasonal pool should participate in a facility specific in-service training session at the aquatic facility they are employed at just prior to the start of the season and one at least every three months thereafter until the close of the season.

2.5.4. All other Swimming and water safety teachers should participate in a minimum of four organised training sessions per year to ensure currency of necessary skills and competencies. These can include program specific curriculum competencies and assessments, stroke progression and development, open water topics, personal development such as communication, teaching strategies etc.

2.5.5. Currency and professional development sessions should be varied and cover all aspects of the role of Swimming and water safety teachers and may include but are not limited to:

a) Teaching methodologies
b) Swimming and water safety programs
c) Practice of initiative assessment of and response to simulated incidents
d) Resuscitation
e) Aquatic rescue techniques

2.5.6. It is recommended that training sessions regularly include practical water work.

GSPO. 2.6. Annual Skills Assessments

2.6.1. In line with the Assessment Guidelines of the SISSS00112 – Swimming and Water Safety Teacher skill set and the Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Swimming and water safety teachers are required to demonstrate an up to date knowledge and skill under assessment conditions of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

2.6.2. This annual skills assessment should be delivered and assessed by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in line with the assessment criteria of the competency.

Who should apply?

Who should apply?

High quality Swimming Teachers are in high demand across the aquatic industry and competitive rates of pay are available. Those with the passion and patients for teaching a vital life skill should consider becoming a swimming teacher.

  • Entry requirements: Minimum age for entry to the LSV Swim Teacher course and issuance of a License is 16 years.
  • Course prerequisites: Candidates must hold a current HLTAID001 or HLTAID009 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation qualification and a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) or VIT Registration prior to the issuance of a Licence. This isn’t required ahead of course commencement.
  • Health and fitness: Candidates are to have a reasonable level of health and fitness.
  • Enrolment information: Access the LSV website, find a course and follow the enrolment instructions (https://www.lsv.com.au/training).