Career Guides

Swimming Coaches and Instructors

Swimming coaches train and instruct people of all ages to swim by analysing their techniques and performance in the water.

Where you Might Work

While it is obvious where swimming coaches will work, their qualifications could take them to pools situated in: 

Key Responsibilities

The Attributes and Skills You Will Need

Salary: average $65,000

Market Insights

12,300 employed.

Market Insights

Full-time share of 8%.

Market Insights

Female share of 74%.

Market Insights

Average age of 23

Market Insights

Retrieved from: Labour Market Insights

Salary: the average swimming instructor has a full-time salary of around $65,000, per Labour Market Insights.


Course/sPotential Career OutcomesFurther QualificationsCourse Duration or number of elements/units


Accredited Courses:

Prerequisite course – Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (SISSS00112)

Extension Courses:

Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics (INF)

Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion (TAI)

Teacher of Adults (TA)

Teacher of Towards Competitive Stroke (TCS)

  • Prerequisite course is base-level accreditation.
  • INF specialises in teaching young children how to swim.
  • TAI provides teachers with knowledge on how to work with diverse groups of people.
  • AD allows teachers to provide specialised coaching for beginners at an older age.
  • TCS specialises in providing coaches with the tools to coach swimmers at the elite level.

Prerequisite course: 4 units of competency

INF: 1 unit of competency

TAI: 2 units of competency

TA: 0 units of competency

TCS: 0 units of competency

Swim Australia Accredited Courses:

  • Swim Australia Teacher (SISSS00112)
  •  Swim Australia Teacher of Babies & Toddlers
  •  Swim Australia Foundation Coach
  • Swim Australia Teachers of Learners with Disability
  • Swim Australia Teacher of Adolescents and Adults
  • Swim Australia Teacher of Cultural Awareness in Aquatics

Swim Coaches and Teachers Australia Aquatic Supervisor

All courses apply a range of techniques and workshops to create teachers that want to be specialised on different levels.Some students who train with Swim Australia may look to complete a Certificate in Teaching Aquaphobes, aiming to teach aquatic professionals how to understand, identify, and treat Aquaphobia.

Swim Australia Teacher: 4 units of competency

Teacher of Babies and Toddlers: 1 unit of competency

Foundation Coach: 2 units of competency

Teachers of Learners with Disability: 1 unit of competency

Teacher of Cultural Awareness in Aquatics: 2 units of competency

Swim Coaches and Teachers Aquatic Supervisor: Covers the 14 units within the Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation.


Additional Certification

Note: Base-level accreditation will require you to complete HLTAID009 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. This may be provided; however, it may also be something you have to attain yourself. Visit the Swim Australia Course Calendar to find the best time and place for you to complete this requirement. 

RTOs recommend that staff who work in high-risk water facilities should obtain a Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Service (CPP41319).

If you are working with children under the age of 18, you will need to obtain a Blue Card (Working with Children Check).

Already qualified? Head to the Sportspeople jobs board for the best selection of positions currently available in the industry.

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