Become a swimming instructor or water safety officer

Become a swimming instructor or water safety officer

Swimming instructors and water safety officers must have certain qualifications and clearances to get a job with us.

Swimming instructor requirements

To get a swimming instructor job with us, you must:

We recognise these swimming instructor qualifications:

Once you complete the theory for your swimming instructor course, the next step is the practical component – your industry training.

You can complete your industry training at one of our venues through the Interm or VacSwim programs. It includes the supervised teaching component and competency assessment.

You will learn in a positive, supportive environment with mentoring from a coaching instructor or trainer.

Allow 2 weeks to complete your industry training. It’s competency-based and may take more or less time.

After you complete your industry training, register your qualifications and clearances.

To complete your industry training with us, you need to:

  • have completed the online theory for your swimming instructor course
  • be at least 17 years old
  • have a current CPR qualification.

If you're over 18, you also need to have a current:

If you're under 18, you need to get a Working with Children Check after you complete industry training to be eligible for paid employment.

Gather evidence to show you meet the requirements. For example, digital copies of your qualification and clearances.

Complete and submit the Industry training application form.

After you complete and submit the application form, email all your relevant supporting documents to

Water safety officer requirements

Water safety officer requirements

To get a water safety officer job with us, you must:

If you meet these requirements, the next step is to register your qualifications and clearances.

Contact us

For more information about qualifications and clearances, call 9402 6195 or email