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Swim Teaching for participants on the Autism Spectrum

Swim Teaching for participants on the Autism Spectrum


This online training course provides information and learning experiences to support you as a swim teacher and support students on the Austism Spectrum.

The course will introduce you to the tasks, skills and techniques for teaching students on the spectrum.

Course modules include:

  • Understanding what autism is, and what it isn’t

  • Identifying the strengths, interests, characteristics and behaviours of people on the spectrum and better understanding how they may think and learn

  • Understanding the relationship between autism, water, swimming and drowning prevention

  • Preparing lessons or programs tailored to individual participants on the spectrum

  • Preparing for and managing behaviours you may experience when teaching swimming to participants on the spectrum

  • Utilising a range of strategies and techniques during lesson delivery

Course Pre-Requisites

There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Swim Teacher or equivalent. These modules add to the suite of Professional Development products for the aquatic industry workforce designed by Royal Life Saving. Other recently developed online learning modules include Conflict Management, Cultural Competence, Communication Skills, Child Safety for Frontline Staff, and Child Safety for Management Staff.

Delivery Mode

The course is an online training course.


Upon successful completion of the online course participants will receive a completion certificate.

Age Requirement

Participants wishing to complete this training are to be 16 years of age or turning 16 in the calendar within which the course is to be held to participate in this course.

How to Enrol

Please email swimteacher@royalnsw.com.au for any orders.

Organising Access for Groups

If you wish to order group enrollments for your facility, please see the instructions here, or alternatively, get in touch with your local RLS Office to discuss.

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