Swim Australia Teacher Courses Information

Would you like to share some of the same joy and learning in your work that many others are already experiencing?

Take the first step and enrol in one of the Australian Swimming Coaching and Teaching Association’s (ASCTA) nationally recognised and internationally acclaimed Swim Australia™ Teacher accreditation courses.

Choose to enrol in any of three entry level courses to get started on an exciting new career.

A Swim Australia™ Teacher (SAT) has the competence and knowledge to teach swimming and water safety to independent learners in groups of varying sizes. Successfully completing Students of this course will receive a Statement of Attainment with the competencies required to deliver GST free, water related, personal safety and survival lessons.

A Swim Australia™ Teacher of Babies and Toddlers (SAT B&T) has the competence and knowledge to teach water familiarisation and basic swimming and water safety to Caregivers and their dependent learners.

A Swim Australia™ Teacher of Competitive Swimming (SAT CS) will be competent to deliver basic swimming squad sessions that develop the swimming technique of novice Swimmers – this is generally defined as Swimmers who are recent “Learn to Swim” Graduates and are in the likes of a “mini squad” (usually around 10-years and under) and still acquiring the skills needed to transition into competition. This Course is endorsed by the peak sporting body in Australia for swimming – Swimming Australia as the entry level course for the swimming coaching accreditation pathway.

All courses feature a best practise blended delivery technique. You will be provided with a CD ROM containing self-paced theory study. The CD ROMs feature text with colour photos, video and graphs for each Unit of Study. Upon completion of each Unit of Study a series of randomised questions will be asked.  If you get any incorrect you will receive instant feedback and will be able to study further then re-answer.  Upon completion a Theory Acknowledgement with your name on it can be printed as evidence of your completion. You will then attend the Practical Induction of your course which focuses on transitioning you from theory to hands on practical. Once the Practical Induction is complete you will undertake On the Job training under the supervision and direction of a Lead Teacher. As your confidence and ability grows you will progressively become more involved in the lesson delivery until a Competency Assessment determines you are at the required standard to work independently. How long this can take is determined by your skills, knowledge and abilities.

The most popular course is the Swim Australia™ Teacher. This course delivers the skills, knowledge and assessment to gain the competencies required to deliver GST free, water related, personal safety and survival lessons as determined by the federal government.  Swim Australia™ Teacher accreditation is also a prerequisite for those wishing to gain specialist accreditation for teaching:

Adolescents and Adults (SAT AA)

Learners with Disability (SAT LWD)

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (SAT CALD)

Unique Student Identifiers

From 1 January 2015, under the Australian Government’s Student Identifiers Act 2014, all Registered Training Organisations are only permitted to issue a VET qualification if a Course Student has a student identifier. All current ASCTA course enrolments now request the Course Student’s USI and additionally provide details of where and how to gain a USI.

Click Here for more information

The following chart provides a comparison between courses:



Practical Induction

Number of Assessment/s

Recommended Cost




8 hours



Usual entry level Course



5 hours



Stand alone course



7 hours



Prerequisite to Bronze Licence course

Stand lone course


Text based




SAT, SAT CS or SAT B&T is a prerequisite



6 hours



SAT, SAT CS or SAT B&T is a prerequisite


online or Text based




SAT; SAT CS or SAT B&T is a prerequisite

NOW available

To Enrol:

Visit www.ascta.com and view the latest calendar of courses.  Contact your local Course Administrator as listed on the course calendar for an enrolment and specific course information.


ASCTA is a not for profit, membership based registered charity that strives to achieve the World’s best swimming and water safety Teachers and highest performing swimming Coaches. Complimentary Basic membership of ASCTA is included in entry level course fees.

Of course, insurance is provided whilst you are a course Student. Upon accreditation, membership of ASCTA will allow you access to join the industry insurance scheme as well as providing an extensive range of professional development opportunities, discounts in the asctaSHOP and a range of ongoing privileges.

Additional information on ASCTA’s swim school division – Swim Australia can be obtained via www.swimaustralia.org.au

All ASCTA’s courses are recognised by the International Federation of Swim Teachers Associations (IFSTA) and endorsed by Swimming Australia - the peak national sporting organisation for swimming in Australia. ASCTA is also a member of the Australian Water Safety Council.