Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Take the Plunge and Become a Swim Instructor

Person swimming in lane of pool

People wanting to become swim teachers will be eligible for free instructor training to help meet demand of the NSW Government’s First Lap voucher program, aimed at pre-school water safety.

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC MP said up to 750 more accredited swim instructors will receive training to support the program.

“Being a swim instructor is a great way to take part in our local community,” Mr Henskens said.

“Whether you’re enjoying a splash at the local pool, heading to the beach or going for a dip in a river, it is important that children have the skills and confidence in and around water.”

The First Lap voucher program provides $100 vouchers to parents, guardians and carers of children aged 3-6 years who are not yet enrolled in school, or kindergarten children who missed out on swimming lessons due to the pandemic.   

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association Ltd and AUSTSWIM Ltd have been offered a Smart and Skilled contract, joining Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (New South Wales Branch) in delivering the new swim instructor places.

This is a fantastic initiative to ensure there are more qualified instructors to deliver vital swimming and water safety programs across NSW,” Mr Ayres said.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said swimming is a life skill which is best taught in a child’s early years.

“Teaching kids to swim is a fun, rewarding and flexible career and with jobs in-demand now is the perfect time to start your journey in the aquatics industry,” Mr Henskens said.

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