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Swim Teacher by Royal Life Saving is an innovative and flexible training solution that offers candidates an industry-recognised Swim Teacher qualification from the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package. It is a WA Department of Health approved qualification for swimming and water safety instruction.

Step 1: Enrol in course

Visit our training page below to see which dates and location suits you best. There are many to choose from within the Perth metro area and across regional WA.

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Step 2: Complete online learning

The online theory will take approximately 5 to 10 hours to complete and will prepare you for the face to face component.

Step 3: Attend 2-day course

The face to face learning involves 2 days of classroom and in the pool training. This will cover basic water rescue, instruction of water familiarization, buoyancy, mobility skills, water safety and survival skills, and swimming strokes. Full course details are available here

You can find lesson plans by clicking here. 

Step 4: Complete practical hours

As part of the application for a Swim Teacher licence, candidates must complete the below on-the-job activities:

  • Workplace Induction Checklist (to be completed on first day of employment)
  • Organisational Work Health and Safety (completed as soon as reasonably possible after employment)
  • Supervised Teaching Practice (at least four controlled Learn to Swim sessions under direct supervision of an Approved Workplace Supervisor)
  • Workplace Supervision Verification (upon completion of the above components)

More information on these components can be found in the Workplace Induction Workbook and Checklist, which is available through the link below.

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To find an Approved Workplace Supervisor location, click here.

If you're an employer and want to be listed as an Approved Workplace Supervisor location, click here.

Once the above steps are completed, please return the Working With Children Check, CPR award, signed workplace induction and passport style photo to 









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You are insured!

Did you know you're insured as a course participant and while working with your current Royal Life Saving WA qualification.

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Tick CPR off your list!

A resuscitation award is needed to complete your Swim Teacher licence. Book into a CPR course today with us!

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