Why become an instructor

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Have you wondered if becoming a swim teacher is is right for you? 

A career as a swim teacher is a rewarding one - with flexible scheduling and competitive pay all in a dynamic environment. 

Nationally recognised award. The Swim Teacher by Royal Life Saving license is a nationally recognised award, allowing you to work Australia wide. 

Dynamic learning environment. The course uses the most up to date learning methods as it’s delivered through a combination of online theory, face to face learning and on-the-job practical experience. Leveraging our strong network of instructors and swim instructors you will receive seasoned guidance and support throughout your training. 

One point of contact. Speaking of support, Royal Life Saving WA will be your one point of contact from enrolment through the life of your license so you can be assured that the information you get along the way is the most up to date and accurate. Whether it’s questions about your online theory to the latest free professional development opportunities we’re here for you. 

Accreditation and Licence

Swim Teacher by Royal Life Saving is recognised by the following organisations:

  • National Sport & Recreation Industry Training package
  • National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee
  • Western Australian Department of Education 
  • Western Australian Department of Health (as an approved qualification of Swimming and Water Safety instruction)
  • Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Western Australian Endorsed Swim School Committee

What is a Swim Teacher Licence?

Upon successful completion of the Swim Teacher by Royal Life Saving course and practical hours, in conjunction with having a current Working With Children check and CPR certificate, students will be issued a Swim Teacher award certificate and licence to conduct swimming and water safety classes in Australia.

Swim Teacher licences are valid for one year from the date of issue. For information on renewing your licence, click here.


Obtaining your Swim Teacher licence means you also become a member of Royal Life Saving Society WA. Along with this comes perks. 

  • Free ongoing professional development opportunities
  • First notice of job opportunities provided by Royal Life Saving WA
  • Access to the Royal Life Saving WA Swim Teacher community Facebook page
  • Ability to expand your teaching range with ongoing training such as infant aquatics, disability and teaching multicultural groups
  • Exclusive member discounts and offers
  • Impressive insurance cover for the duration of your Swim Teacher licence. Download full details below!
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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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