About the Program

Revitalising the Victorian Aquatic Industry

SWIM Jobs Victoria is a $3.4 million partnership between SWIM Coaches and Teachers Australia and Jobs Victoria. The project aims to address the dire shortage of swimming teachers in Victoria.

The aquatic industry was hit hard by COVID lockdowns, with swim teachers leaving the industry when work became unavailable. SWIM research shows 25% of children in Victoria were unable to attend swimming lessons due to a lack of availability of swim classes.

The safety of children in the water will continue to be impacted until we can rectify the teacher shortage. There are long wait lists at most swimming schools, leading to 30% of parents taking on the role of teaching their children to swim.

The SWIM Jobs Victoria program will recruit 280 swim teacher positions across the state, with successful jobseekers recruited into the program able to access an income while completing the accredited training required to become a swim teacher.

New recruits will receive tailored support including job-readiness training, dedicated individual mentoring and work equipment funding, while completing the nationally accredited SWIM Australia Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course, first-aid, and CPR training.

Employers will also receive subsidies and incentives to support them to take on new teachers and place them in a minimum of 19 hours a week work.

This is an innovative project of change for the swim industry.

Project Vision

A well-respected industry that provides gainful and sustainable employment opportunities that propel the success of swim schools and the aquatic industry.

Project Mission

To ease the recruitment process in the Victorian aquatic industry and shape the industry to better support secure long-term employment for people that enables them to deliver the local community’s aquatic aspirations.

SWIM Coaches and Teachers Australia is the peak body for swimming coaches, teachers and swim schools in Australia.

Who are we?

We have a range of priorities for the further development of our learn-to-swim programs, the swim safety industry and the sport of swimming.

SWIM Coaches and Teachers is a corporate entity with business objectives and is a not-for-profit special interest group dedicated to providing service to its Members and acting as an advocate on their behalf.

SWIM Coaches and teachers Australia is dedicated to developing world leading practises in the education, accreditation, professional development and ongoing support for swimming coaches, and swimming and water safety teachers. We continue to develop and empower our swim school network.

Swimming Victoria webinar - The SWIM Jobs Victoria program, Thursday 2 June

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