Sport, Fitness & Recreation

Swimming Teacher/Coach

Swimming teachers train people of all abilities and ages in swimming techniques and strokes. Swimming coaches teach competitive swimmers.

  • Entry-level education

    Private training course

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Swimming Teacher/Coach do?

Swimming teachers train people of all abilities and ages in swimming techniques and strokes. Swimming coaches teach competitive swimmers.

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Work activities

As a swimming teacher or coach, you would:

  • teach groups and individual lessons
  • plan lessons or sessions appropriate to the group you're teaching
  • demonstrate different swimming techniques and strokes
  • help swimmers to correct faults in their techniques
  • follow strict safety standards
  • under how to use lifesaving equipment
  • administer basic first aid.
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Key skills and interests

To become a swimming teacher or coach, you would need:

  • strong swimming skills
  • an ability to communicate with people of all ages
  • the ability to inspire confidence and motivate swimmers
  • patience
  • good organisational skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a swimming teacher or swimming coach you would usually work irregular hours, including early mornings, in the evenings and at weekends. As a coach you would be expected to attend competitions to support your students. Part-time work is generally available.

Conditions

You could work in a range of places, including government-run pools, leisure centres or schools. As a coach, you may have to travel locally, nationally or internationally.

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How to become an Swimming Teacher/Coach?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to work as a swimming teacher or coach. However, to teach swimming in Australia you would need to gain your AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence. You must pass a Swimming and Water Safety course, be 17 years or older and a strong swimmer to get your licence.

www.austswim.com.au

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of swimming teachers and coaches is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Rising participation in sport at school and in the community generally, as well as the growing interest in professional sport, are likely increase demand for swimming teachers and coaches.

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