As some of you may know our wonderful Relle (a daytime instructor) is retiring from swimming lessons and moving to New Zealand. As a swim school we have also grown by over 100 students in the past two years, we now teach 280 students every week.
With Relle's departure and our rapid growth we are in the market for a new swim teacher. In the past some of our best swim teachers were parents who loved watching our program and wanted to be a part of it.
So, who makes a good swim teacher at our school?
- Someone who understands that children develop at different rates and is keen for each child to feel successful regardless of their progress.
- Someone who is calm and patient.
- Someone who is a bit of a problem solver - when one technique doesn't work with one child, there are lots of different avenues to try.
- Someone who genuinely loves being active and is keen to help children engage with their water skills and their fitness.
How do you become a swimming teacher?
To teach children at our school you need to complete two Austswim course.
Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
Austwim Teacher of Infant and Aquatics
Each course requires 20 hours of industry training which can be done with us. After your training through Austswim you are insured and qualified to teach swimming independently. As a swim school if you are a new instructor with us I tend to spend up to six months team teaching with you to make sure you know ALL the ropes.
The downside of working in the Aquatics Industry?
- I’m pretty sure Chlorine is my perfume!
- Seasonal work means you get a three month holiday over winter which is great but it also means you get a three month holiday from being paid.