Western Australia is getting summer ready to meet the statewide demand for pool lifeguards and swimming instructor jobs.
Two nationally recognised short courses — the Pool Lifeguard Skill Set and the Swimming and Water Safety Teacher Skill Set —will fast track participants into entry level pool lifeguarding and swimming instructor roles in time for the aquatic industry's busy summer period.
The two new courses — which are free for eligible students including unemployed and people aged 15—24*— were developed after consultation with Royal Life Saving WA (RLSWA) who identified a statewide need for additional pool lifeguards and swimming teachers to meet the demand. RLSWA will deliver the new job ready short courses.
Each course can be used as credit toward further qualifications including the Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation, which is a pathway to a wider range of employment opportunities across the leisure and aquatic recreation industry, or further study.
In an additional initiative, school students now have the opportunity to receive fully-funded training to become qualified swimming instructors for the Department of Education's VacSwim program. Eligible Year 11 and 12 students can register now to take part in the training and gain paid employment over the summer holidays during VacSwim.
To be eligible, students must be at least 17 years of age at the start of Term 4.
The training will be available across the metropolitan area and in specific regional centres. Participants will also receive ongoing support and mentoring. At the end of the training, students can then apply for swimming instructor positions across the State in time for VacSwim lessons with opportunities for further employment after VacSwim. Upon completion, trainees will obtain an accredited swimming teacher qualification, Swim Australia Teacher (SAT), and CPR qualification. Visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming for further information.
* Course fees will apply to non-concession eligible students.