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28 Sept 2021

Royal Life Saving Launches Swim Teacher – Infant & Toddler Course

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The brand new Swim Teacher infant and toddler course is a nationally recognised course for Swim Teachers looking to gain specialist knowledge in teaching infants and toddlers.

The Infant & Toddler course will deliver the skills and knowledge required to create activities for the development of infants (over six (6) months of age), toddlers and care givers in an aquatic environment with communication techniques suited for this age range.

It will ensure that work is performed according to relevant legislation including working with children and/or vulnerable people checks, organisational policies and procedures, and best practice principles of aquatic activities.

The Infant & Toddler program supports The National Swimming and Water Safety Framework which is a structured and consistent understanding of swimming and water safety education across Australia, providing the development of water familiarisation, exploration and water safety skills.

It is assumed that participants are sufficiently physically fit and healthy to undertake this course. You are required to communicate and demonstrate the activity or skill you are wishing your students to perform.


The course will take approximately 6 hours (theory online), plus minimum 12 hours mentored practical teaching and on the job workbook to be completed and obtain your qualification.

Topics include:

  • Legal, ethical and organisational requirements and responsibilitie

  • Plan, deliver and review a lesson

  • Conditions, factors and external influences that effect participants undertaking a skill

  • Temperament and personality characteristics of infants and toddlers

  • Developmental stages of infants and toddlers

  • Aquatic activities and games to facilitate motor, cognitive and personal development in infants and toddlers

  • Appropriate use, care and ongoing maintenance of relevant equipment and resources.

  • Develop and implement activity plans with infants, toddlers and caregivers in aquatic activities using games and activities.

  • Communication techniques suited to infants and toddlers

Course Details

Course Cost: $150.00


  • Reasonable communication, swimming & fitness is required

Course Length: 4-5 hours flexible online delivery, an additional min 12hours mentoring with an on the job workbook to be completed.

Minimum Age: 16 years old

Validity: 3 years

Please Note: Royal Life Saving Society NSW is not a CRICOS provider; it is unable to provide national training to overseas students holding a student visa.


To gain the Swim Teacher – Infants & Toddler accreditation, the following assessment components must be satisfactorily completed:

· On-line theory assessment (completed prior to completing the practical hours and workbook).

· Practical on the job teaching hours in a learn to swim environment signed off by a workplace supervisor

· On the job workbook to be completed, signed off by a workplace supervisor and submitted to be assessed by a Cert IV T&A

Course Requirements

This interactive course is delivered in a blended format, it requires the completion of a self paced online knowledge component followed by practical hours and on the job workbook.


The Royal Life Saving Swim Teacher course contains units of competency which are nationally recognised from the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training package. Upon successful completion of all assessment requirements, candidates will be issued a Statement of Attainment for the following units:

SISCAQU011 - Promote development of infants and toddlers in an aquatic environment

In addition, successful candidates will also attain:

Swim Teacher Licence

For the successful completion of the online components of the course, candidates are required to complete on-the-job workbook and teaching hours in a range of teaching conditions in order to obtain this qualification on their Swim Teacher Licence.

This on-the-job assessment ensures the Swim Teacher is able to apply the skills learnt in the training course at their place of employment. The on-the-job component needs to be signed off by a workplace supervisor and uploaded to their online course for marking. More information on who can be a workplace supervisor is provided in the on the job workplace booklet.

COVID-19 Information:

In order to make sure we are conducting training as safely as possible, and to protect our learners and trainers, Royal Life Saving has implemented some changes to the way we facilitate our Face to Face workshops. We have:

· Made hand hygiene facilities available at our training venues;

· Increased cleaning frequencies and standards for general spaces and equipment;

· Decreased group sizes; Introduced physical distancing as per current Government restrictions; and

· Mandated the completion of Infection Control learning modules for all staff and trainers.

Before attending a Face to face workshop, please consider your health and others'. Please do not attend your chosen course if you are feeling unwell or experiencing flu-like symptoms. At your course you can expect:

· To be asked to complete a Verbal Health Assessment, and Temperature check;

· To be asked to wash/ sanitise your hands prior to entering the training space;

· To be provided adequate personal space in order to maintain required physical distances from others;

· To perform practical assessment tasks on yourself or on a manikin (not on others);

· To be asked to excuse yourself from the training space if you declare yourself to be unwell, or begin displaying flu-like signs;

· To be asked to wash/sanitise your hands before leaving the workshop.

These changes will help to keep everybody safe and they form part of our Terms and Conditions for participation. If you think you may have any difficulty complying with these changes, please contact your local Royal Life Saving office at your earliest convenience.

Book into a course Now!

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