Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland


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Swimming Coaches or Instructors coach, train and instruct participants in swimming by analysing their performances and developing their abilities.

Specialisations: Diving Coach, Learn to Swim Instructor.



Key Responsibilities

  • coaches, trains and instructs swimmers by analysing performances and developing abilities
  • plans and directs strategies, develops play patterns and analyses game progress
  • motivates swimmers and supervises practice sessions
  • recruits swimmers and other coaching staff/instructors
  • arranges entries into swim competitions
  • promotes sports and skills development as well as overseeing the participation of young people in swimming
  • officiates at sporting events to enforce rules and regulations, liaising with other officials when necessary
  • co-ordinates and directs swimming activities.

Education, Training and Pathways Pathways

  • Informal or on-the-job
  • A coaching or swimming instruction course accredited by Austswim, Swim Australia or Royal Life Saving Society Queensland (RLSSQ) is usually needed to work as a Swimming Coach or Instructor.
  • Qualifications include: 
    • Austswim
      • Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
      • Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics
      • Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes
      • Teacher of Adults, Teacher of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion
    • Swim Australia
      • Swim Australia Teacher
      • Swim Australia Teacher of Babies & Toddlers 
      • Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming
      • Swim Australia™ Teacher of Learners with Disability
      • Swim Australia™ Teacher of Adolescents and Adults
      • Swim Australia™ Teacher of Cultural Awareness In Aquatics
      • Aquatic Trainee
      • Aquatic Supervisor
      • Pool Lifeguard
      • Swim Australia Talent Swim Coach Course
      • Swim Australia Elite Swim Coach Course
    • RLSSQ
      • Pool Lifeguard Award
      • Swimming and Water Safety Teacher
  • Certificate in Teaching Aquaphobics
  • Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation – Swim Coaches and Teachers Australia Aquatic Supervisor

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Recreation Officers plan, organise and coordinate recreation facilities and programs through organisations such as local governments, schools, church bodies and youth organisations.


Pool Lifeguards look after the safety of people at beaches and swimming pools, through accident prevention and rescue, and educating the public on water safety. 


Sportspersons participate in sporting events for monetary gain either as individuals or as members of a team.

Assistance and Support for Organisations and Clubs

We aim to make it easier to run local fitness, sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance provides free one-on-one advice on how to apply for and win grants, free access to club management templates and tools, fact sheets, videos, legal information, advice on staffing and volunteer matters and subsidised Strategic and Business Planning audits and workshops.

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