Course Information

AUSTSWIM Award Scheme

AUSTSWIM Award Scheme Overview

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award provides candidates with essential competencies to teach swimming and water safety to persons from four years of age in swimming pools and confined natural shallow water venues. The award is valid for three years.

Prerequisites:

  1. Candidates may enrol in an AUSTSWIM course at 16 years of age but are not eligible to receive the award until they are 17 years of age.
  2. Candidates are required to have a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability.
AUSTSWIM Award Scheme Overview

Recognition of Prior Learning

AUSTSWIM teachers who have successfully completed the AUSTSWIM Course Essential Unit will gain recognition of prior learning for some components of the course.

The course consists of theory and practical components:

  1. Theory component - may be offered through classroom attendance or via CD ROM home study.
  2. Practical component - involves swimming activities that may be carried out in shallow or deep water.

Content

The course is approximately 16 contact hours, plus supervised teaching hours and assessment. Topics include:

  • Overview of AUSTSWIM and the aquatic industry
  • Legal responsibilities for the AUSTSWIM teacher
  • How people learn
  • Being an effective teacher
  • Aquatic Safety, survival and rescue skills
  • Principles of movement in water
  • Water familiarisation, buoyancy, mobility and safety
  • Teaching safer diving skills
  • Towards efficient stroke development
  • Plan, deliver and review a lesson

Assessment

To gain the award, the following assessment components must be satisfactorily completed within 12 months of the course commencement date.

If a candidate will not have all assessment requirements completed within 12 months from the course commencement date they must contact AUSTSWIM to request an extension. The maximum extension candidates can be given is 6 months. Extensions beyond this will need to be put in writing to AUSTSWIM for consideration. Your AUSTSWIM qualification will then be dated from the last day of the 12 months given to complete the course.

  1. Theory assessment.
  2. Demonstrate competence in an aquatic sequence.
  3. Demonstration of skills for teaching purposes.
  4. Demonstrate competence in water safety techniques. Candidates holding a current Bronze Medallion, Pool Lifeguard or equivalent award, may gain an exemption by providing a copy of the award.
  5. Lesson plans.
  6. Practical teaching assessment. It is recommended candidates undertake 20 hours of supervised teaching experience prior to assessment.
  7. Show evidence of holding a current cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) award. Certification

On successful completion of all course requirements candidates will receive the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award. Candidates will also be issued a Statement of Attainment for the following Units of Competency from the National Community Recreation Industry Training Package:

  • SRC AQU 008A Apply the principles of movement in water to aquatic activities
  • SRC AQU 009A Instruct water familiarisation, bouyancy and mobility skills
  • SRC AQU 0010A Instruct water safety & survival skills
  • SRC AQU 0011A Instruct the strokes of swimming
  • SRC AQU 013A Collect and analyse information on the philosophy & structure of the Australian aquatic industry
  • SRC CRO 007A Operate in accordance with accepted instructional practises, styles and legal & ethical responsibilities
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AUSTSWIM Electives

Teacher of Adults Award (Currently under development).

Prerequisites:

  1. AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award.
  2. Candidates are required to have a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability.

Certification

On successful completion of this course candidates will receive an AUSTSWIM Award that is valid for three years.

Delivery Strategy

The course consists of theory and practical components.

Assessment

To gain the award, the following assessment components must be satisfactorily completed within 12 months of the course commencement date.

  1. Theory assessment.
  2. Demonstration of skills for teaching purposes.
  3. Lesson plans.
  4. Practical teaching assessment. It is recommended candidates undertake 20 hours of supervised teaching experience prior to assessment.
  5. Show evidence of holding a current cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) award.
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AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant Award

The course provides the candidate with the competence required to deliver safe and enjoyable aquatic activity programs for children between the age of six months to four years of age.

Content

The course consists of approximately 15 contact hours (theory and practical), plus practical supervised teaching hours and assessment. Topics include:

  1. Philosophy of infant and preschool aquatics
  2. Health and safety considerations
  3. Child development
  4. Principles of teacher, parent and child relationships
  5. Methods of water familiarisation
  6. Infant aquatics programming

Certification

On successful completion of all course requirements candidates will receive the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant Aquatics Award. Candidates will also be issued a Statement of Attainment for the following Unit of Competency from the National Community Recreation Industry Training Package:

  • SRC AQU 0012A Foster the motor, cognitive and personal development of infants and toddlers in an aquatic environment.
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AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics - Access and Inclusion

The course provides the candidate with the competencies to deliver safe and enjoyable aquatic programs to people with a disability.

Content

The course consists of approximately 15 contact hours (theory and practical), plus practical supervised teaching hours and assessment. Topics include:

  1. Awareness and philosophy
  2. Groupings
  3. Principles of movement in water
  4. Entries, supports and exits
  5. Teaching approaches
  6. Planning and programming
  7. Safety and risk assessment
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AUSTSWIM Teacher of Competitive Strokes Award

The course aims to provide candidates with the competencies to bridge the gap between the teaching and instructing of swimming.

Content

The course consists of approximately 15 contact hours (theory and practical), plus practical supervised teaching hours and assessment. Topics include:

  1. Towards competitive swimming
  2. Conditions and external influences
  3. Individual differences in introductory squad
  4. Development of stroke technique
  5. Training and competition

The AUSTSWIM Award enables you to gain employment as a teacher of swimming and water safety.

Candidates may enrol at 16 years of age but are not eligible to receive the award until they are 17 years of age.

Candidates must first enrol the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award course.

AUSTSWIM teachers must re-register every three years. This registration process ensures AUSTSWIM teachers remain current with industry standards.

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Professional Development

AUSTSWIM teachers are required to undertake professional development to maintain registration. Attending workshops and conferences is also a great way to update and learn new skills.

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Code of Behaviour

The primary objective of the AUSTSWIM Teacher Code of Behaviour is to promote the value of AUSTSWIM qualified teachers. The AUSTSWIM teacher code of behaviour will:

  • Encourage public confidence in aquatic education.
  • Publicise AUSTSWIM's expectations of its teachers.
  • Show that AUSTSWIM teachers accept a standard of practice.
  • Provide a benchmark for appropriate behaviour.

All trainees for and holders of AUSTSWIM awards agree to:

Abide by the AUSTSWIM Teacher Code of Behaviour, award regulations and policies.

  • Follow policy for enforcement of this Code.
  • Refer to established procedures for appealing against assessment results.
  • Accept any judgements made by AUSTSWIM and/or its Branches or Agents.
  • Teach within the limits of competence deemed by the AUSTSWIM Awards held.
  • Follow policy and guidelines relating to safety, class ratios, emergency procedures and duty of care.

Promote the participation of all Australians in safe and enjoyable swimming and water safety programs conducted by qualified personnel.

  • Maintain AUSTSWIM Awards.
  • Participate in regular professional development.
  • Abide by established standards for the aquatic facility safety.
  • Promote and deliver only safe and enjoyable aquatic activities.
  • Show concern for the health, safety and welfare of participants and colleagues.

Enhance water safety knowledge while developing swimming; water safety and survival skills.

  • Provide a balanced program of swimming and water safety.
  • Provide a planned and sequential program of aquatic skill development based on individual needs.

Provide equal opportunity for all to learn swimming, water safety and survival skills.

  • Modify the program to cater for those with disabilities, adult learners and those with injuries.

Ensure that all persons under tuition are treated with courtesy and respect deserving of all people, irrespective if individual differences and needs.

  • Refrain from any discriminatory practices by treating everyone equally.
  • Be alert to any form of abuse between participants.

Represent AUSTSWIM and the swimming and water safety teaching industry in a professional manner without bringing the teaching profession or AUSTSWIM into disrepute.

  • Be a role model for other AUSTSWIM teachers.
  • Behave professionally and accept responsibility for actions.
  • Extend professional courtesy to other AUSTSWIM teachers, industry colleagues, participants and parents.
  • Refrain from any form of verbal, physical or emotional abuse.
  • Refrain from any form of sexual harassment towards participants.
  • Refrain from using the influence of a teaching position to encourage inappropriate intimacy between teacher and participants.
  • Ensure that methods of supporting participants in the water are consistent with established practices.
  • Ensure physical support is only provided to facilitate learning or safe performance.
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Bronze Medallion

The Bronze Medallion course develops the level of knowledge, judgment and techniques required to carry out safe water rescues. This award, if used as a professional qualification, is valid for 12 months only.

Candidates who have completed a recognised resuscitation award within the previous six months may request recognition for the resuscitation component of the course (enclose a copy of this with your registration).

A part of the Bronze Medallion is the fitness Test which involves a 400 metre continuous swim in 13 minutes.  Prior to attending the course candidates should as a guide be able to swim 200 metres freestyle continuously within 6 minutes and practice the other three strokes

What to Bring:

  • Swimming costume
  • Trousers and long sleeved shirt
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Note pad and pen
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First Aid

This course is Nationally Accredited and meets workplace and recreational First Aid officer registration requirements.
First Aid Course will cover....

  • Principles of First Aid
  • Human anatomy and function
  • Resuscitation
  • Bleeding control
  • Wounds
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Limb injuries
  • Body and facial injuries
  • Environmental exposure
  • Poisoning
  • Venomous bites
  • Stings
  • Muscular injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Exposure to heat and cold
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Swim Australia - Teacher of Competitive Swimming

A Swim Australia™ Teacher of Competitive Swimming (SAT CS) has the competence 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.

The Course Covers:

  • CD Rom containing course material
  • DVD
  • Coach Accreditation administration fees (includes certification)
  • Course delivery & administration costs
  • All course notes
  • Morning and afternoon tea

Course Length: Practical Induction 7 Hours plus self paced theory

You will be provided with a Course CD ROM containing self-paced theory study and
a DVD. 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 respond incorrectly 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 is printed as evidence of your
completion.

You will then attend a Practical Induction for your selected 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

Topics:

  • Swimming Organisations and Career Pathways,
  • Being an Effective Coach,
  • Biomechanics,
  • Teaching and Coaching skills,
  • Strokes,
  • Training

Accreditation Requirements:

To be accredited as a SATCS, candidates must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Attend, in full, the coaching accreditation course.
  • Be 16½ years of age or older.
  • Be a financial member of the Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association (ASCTA)*
  • Sign the Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Be assessed as 'Competent' by an approved assessor following a period of independent coaching.

Prospective coaches are advised that current Queensland legislation requires candidates to undergo a Police Clearance to determine their suitability for working with children.

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Pool Lifeguard

Nationally Accredited, Competency Based, Participants receive Nationally recognised award on successful completion.

The Pool Lifeguard award program has been developed to train and qualify candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to supervise swimming pool users.

The course develops:

  • Pool surveillance skills
  • Aquatic emergency care skills
  • Lifeguarding skills and procedures
  • Recognition and intervention skills
  • Understanding of the role of the Lifeguard
  • Public education and public relations skills
  • The ability to work in a Lifeguard team
  • Spinal injury management - use of cervical collars and spinal boards

Prerequisites:

  • Bronze Medallion
  • The candidate must be 16 years of age
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Balance & Balls - AUSTSWIM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Fun & challenge assists in adherence to exercise, a benefit for many students. The aim is to provide a variety of practical skills that can be developed into the learn to swim class. These skills should not compromise the performance of strokes, but assist in developing strength in the student's core.

Balance and balls is a fun class, developed as an activity to incorporate fun with a purpose. The class aims to improve strength and cardiovascular fitness combined with the challenges that are part of working in the aquatic medium.

AUSTSWIM instructors have the opportunity to gain re-accreditation hours using a 'take home package'. The instructor completes activities incorporating activities using balls and sends the activities in for assessment, is anticipated a nominal 5 hours for this professional development.

This is a fabulous way to gain valuable & relative home study to gain reaccreditation hours. Contact Marcelle for more information.

Phone 07 3390 3733 or mobile 0417 708 721 or email: [email protected]

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Resuscitation Course (CPR)

Perform CPR award is valid for one year and is recognised in over 40 countries. This course includes up-to-date methods of performing CPR. Techniques for adults, children and infants are included.

Pre-requisite: Nil

Course duration: 2 hours

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YMCA Aqua Instructor Certificate

Aqua exercise is growing rapidly as a popular form of exercise and aquatic activity. Water exercise offers benefits for all ages and fitness levels. Participating in aqua classes can increase aerobic fitness, assist with weight loss and injury rehabilitation and is a main form of post match exercise.

The aqua instructor certificate trains fitness leaders to develop and conduct safe and effective aqua exercise programs for the general community. The competency standards which form the basis for this course are from the Fitness and Community Recreation Training Packages.

The aqua instructor certificate has been designed to provide a systematic approach to designing, delivering and evaluating water based exercise sessions for low risk participants.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to attend the course, however we recommend that you have participated in and observed a minimum of three aqua exercise classes and completed the observation cd and assessment prior to the course.

The fitness industry registering bodies require the completion of a Certificate III in Fitness for full certification and registration

Course duration: 40 hours including face to face and take home assignments

Certification

On successful completion of this course participants will receive a statement of attainment for the following units towards a certificate III in fitness:

  • SFA AQA 001B Instruct water based fitness classes for the general population
  • SRC AQU 008B Apply the principles of movements in the water to aquatic activities

Course content

The aqua instructor’s certificate consists of theory and practical components, including:

  • Develop and prepare a plan for a water based fitness class
  • Aqua science any hydrodynamic principles
  • Display expertise in instructing water based fitness classes
  • Effective use of music in the aqua exercise class
  • Aqua exercise for specific populations
  • Water safety techniques for the aqua exercise leader

Assessment

All assessment components must be completed in six months for the module commencement date. The following components must be satisfactorily completed prior to certification:

  • Provide observation checklists on three aqua aerobic sessions
  • Design three lesson plans
  • Design and deliver a 30-minute aqua exercise session
  • Provide a dvd of a 45-60 minute class you have planned and conducted
  • Complete and submit an open book assessment a the practical sessions
  • Provide evidence of a current Perform CPR award

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Low Voltage Rescue

This course is designed for participants requiring qualifications as Safety Observers for live low voltage switchboard work to comply with: Australian Standards AS/NZS 4836:200 and Electrical Safety Regulation:2002 in regards to Safety Observers. The objective of this training program is to provide guidelines for a worker to perform the safe rescue of a victim who has received an electric shock or personal injuries while working on low voltage conductors or equipment. All students will be required to show working knowledge of low voltage electrical rescue techniques along with CPR and relevant first aid.

This qualification is required to be renewed every 6 months

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to attend the course.

 

Certification

On successful completion of this course participants will receive a statement of attainment for the following units :

  • HLTCPR201A Perform CPR

Course content

Topics covered include:

  • State Legislation
  • Identifying Hazards
  • Conducting Risk Assessment
  • Isolation Techniques
  • LVR Rescue Kit
  • Resuscitation
  • Rescue Techniques
  • First Aid Procedures

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