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Free Swim Teacher Training


Life Saving Victoria can now offer fully funded training to new and prospective Swim Teachers, aged 16-25 years old. The funding is courtesy of the new Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program which Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) recently launched as part of Victoria’s Youth Strategy 2022-27

Funding is available to Council and learn to swim aquatic facilities operating in the public, private or school sectors. These facilities must have demonstrated a commitment to safety through the completion of a Pool Safety Assessment in the last three years or attest to booking a Safety Assessment. Full eligibility requirements are set out in the ‘Application Guidelines’.

  • Step 1. Contact us for a quote at training@lsv.com.au on 03 9676 6950 or using the link below
  • Step 2. Submit your funding application to SRV CLICK HERE
  • Step 3. On receipt of your funding confirmation, contact us to progress your training

Further Information:

  • SRV Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program Information – CLICK HERE
  • LSV Swim Teacher Handbook Information – CLICK HERE
  • View upcoming ‘All Courses List’ – CLICK HERE
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