Swimming Lessons can help your children develop the skills they need to stay safe


The Value of Swim and Survive

Choosing a Swim School

Use your passion for swimming and water safety to start a career that makes a difference to your local community.


The first thing you need to know is that you don’t have to have any qualifications or experience to begin your journey and we are in high demand so even better.

Royal Life Saving Society Australia delivers more swimming and water safety courses than anyone in Australia. As a founding member organisation of AUSTSWIM, the AUSTSWIM Swimming and Water Safety Teacher course, this interactive course is delivered in a blended format.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course will give you the essential competencies to teach swimming and water safety to people from four years of age in swimming pools and confined natural shallow water venues.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety accreditation is recognised in each state and territory of Australia and many countries overseas.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety is a pre-requisite for all extension courses

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  • Friendly and Approachable
    The Swim School will have a warm, welcoming atmosphere and the staff will strive to meet your family’s needs, answer your questions and address your concerns.

  • Well Maintained, Clean Pool and Facilities
    Regular maintenance and cleaning programs should be adopted in accordance with health regulations. Swim Schools are required to check the water quality at regular intervals.

  • Qualified Staff
    Swim School staff must have valid teaching qualifications appropriate for the students that they are teaching. Swimming and water safety teachers must also hold a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification.

  • Skills and Lesson Activities should be appropriate for your child’s age, development, ability and should be taught in a progressive manner. Children may be encouraged to try a new activity, but should never be placed under stress during a lesson. Children need to repeat skills many times to learn and remember them, particularly if the skill is new.

  • Water Safety Skills
    Essential in a quality program are water safety, survival and basic rescue skills each lesson, while acknowledging that swimming lessons alone will not make your child ‘water safe’. Parents and carers will be educated about the importance of active supervision in drowning prevention.

  • Operational Policies and Procedures
    Swim Schools should have policies and procedures to ensure they adopt and maintain legislation and standards, codes of practice and guidelines that govern their operation.

  • Opportunities to practice newly acquired skills are often provided through safe water play and games. Swimming lessons should be fun and your child should be encouraged to try new activities to help reinforce new aquatic skills.

  • Safety
    Your child’s safety is paramount. Swimming and water safety teachers are responsible for actively supervising all participants throughout the lesson, establishing safety rules, obtaining medical information and being familiar with the venue’s emergency procedures.

  • Rewards
    Swim School’s should have a system in place to reward your child’s achievement as they progress from one award to the next. Certificates and logbooks are good examples of rewards that motivate each child in the lesson to try their very best

Successful Lessons

1. Enrol

The importance of swimming and water safety education has never been more pressing. Parents and carers are encouraged to enrol their children into a swimming program that teaches essential skills in swimming, personal survival and basic rescue. However, it is important to be mindful that swimming lessons alone will not make your child safe.

2. Engage

Engage your family in a range of swimming and water safety activities that enable you to explore the water together. Provide opportunities for safe water play in various aquatic environments, including the bathtub, your local creek or stream or in your backyard pool.

Helpful Hints to Stay Engaged: 

  • Family friendly events are regularly advertised in community newspapers and noticeboards 

  • Keep informed about water safety by subscribing to our quarterly Swim and Survive Newsletter 

  • Check out the Swim and Survive ‘Whats On’ section to find a family-fun water safety event in your local area

3. Encourage

Reinforce safe water practices by setting boundaries and rules to help your child to understand the dangers of water as they experience new aquatic environments. Provide opportunities for safe exploratory play and encourage your child to learn more about water safety by visiting the Swim and Survive Kids Zone.

Getting Involved

Learning to be water smart is a family affair and sharing your child’s water safety journey is beneficial for their development. Learning how to be safe when in, on, or around the water is integral to their understanding and getting involved is as simple as Enrol, Engage and Encourage. 

Your role in your childs water safety

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia has a range of water safety initiatives to help keep your family safe around water

Keep Watch

Keep Watch is a public education program of Royal Life Saving Society - Australia, aimed at preventing drowning deaths of children under five in all aquatic locations.


The four principle strategies of the Keep Watch program are:

  • Supervise your Child
    Always be within arms’ reach. Give your child all of your attention, all of the time.

  • Restrict Access to Water
    Provide barriers to water locations.

  • Be Water Aware
    Introduce your child to water through water awareness classes; discuss hazards and put rules in place at aquatic locations.

  • Learn Resuscitation
    Resuscitation is a skill for life. A rapid response is the best response in an emergency.

Find out more about the Keep Watch program and how you can help prevent your child from drowning, 

Swimming Lesson Tips

Taking your children to swimming and water safety lessons should be a stress-free activity. Here are some tips to make your lessons valuable and an enjoyable experience for you and your child.

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Swimming in Winter

There are many benefits to participating in swimming lessons during winter. In many cases, winter is one of the best times of the year to swim! Classes tend to be smaller which reduces the child to teacher ratio. Your child is more likely to progress further if they continue to practice and build upon the skills that they have already learnt during the warmer months. Be mindful that it can be hard to re-establish the swimming lesson routine if your child has had a significant break from lessons.

In the cooler months, it is a good idea to encourage your children to have a hot shower following their lessons and remember to dry and dress your children appropriately. It is not recommended to leave the swim centre wrapped in a wet towel or swimwear.

Participation Concerns

Concerns in relation to your child’s participation in a program should be directly taken up with your Swim School. Your Swim School is directly responsible for the delivery, staffing and administration of the swimming and water safety program at your chosen facility.from lessons.

In the cooler months, it is a good idea to encourage your children to have a hot shower following their lessons and remember to dry and dress your children appropriately. It is not recommended to leave the swim centre wrapped in a wet towel or swimwear.

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173-179 Broadway

Broadway NSW 2007

PO Box 558

Broadway NSW 2007

Tel: (02) 8217 3100

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