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Every year, School swimming and water safety employs approximately 550 teachers and swim instructors to teach swimming at pools across NSW. The majority of swimming programs are run in Terms 1, 3 and 4 with both temporary engagements and casual work available.

This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and swim instructors who love to work outdoors and have a passion for swimming and the safety of all children in water.

Become a DoE swimming teacher brochure (PDF 382KB)

Please email your interest to: as positions are available, across all areas of NSW including the Sydney Metropolitan area.

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Employment - School Swimming and Water Safety Program

Staff team members required criteria
  • Current WWCC for paid employee
  • Current swimming qualifications (or willingness to obtain).
  • Current CPR (or willingness to obtain).
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to manage approximately 15 students in the water.
  • Commitment to promotion of water safety.
  • Ability to work in a flexible team environment.
  • Strong teaching and organisational skills.
Employment status

Employment can be as a:

  • Temporary teacher
  • Casual teacher
  • Casual community member instructor

The School Sport Unit appoints a Teacher In Charge (TIC) for each team, who acts as the team administrator for the program. Each team is comprised of a TIC and an additional two teachers. Each team member is qualified in the area of aquatic education.

Employment application procedures

Register via the link below:

Dashapp Swim Staff Registration - please ensure you register as "Swim Staff"

Dashapp Swim Staff Application Guide (PDF 308KB) - click here for assistance

If you have an existing account and wish to update your details including availability  for dates and locations, please login using the following link:

For clearance to teach in the DoE swimming and water safety programs community members and teachers who have not worked for the DoE in the past 12 months will need to submit:

The Working with Children Check - Guide to Identity Documents (PDF 123KB)

Information for New Instructors (PDF 422KB)

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Professional learning

Swim teacher courses will give instructors the qualifications to effectively and safely teach swimming and water safety skills to school aged children within the Department of Education.

The 3 swim teacher workshops provided by RLSSA, AUSTSWIM and ASCTA include the swim teacher course and the perform basic water rescue accreditation.

Accreditation workshops


The Swim Teacher License is a requirement for teachers instructing in school-initiated learn-to-swim programs to comply with the DoE Sport Safety Guidelines, swimming and water safety. The 3 swim teacher workshops provided by RLSSA, AUSTSWIM and ASCTA include the perform basic water rescue accreditation also.

The perform basic water rescue accreditation will give participants the minimum requirement needed to comply with the DoE Sport Safety Guidelines, swimming and water safety. Upon completion, teachers will be qualified to supervise students during school-based aquatic recreational activities, such as fishing, canoeing, pool and water play, during excursions and/or school camps plus weekly sport activities involving water.

**The School Sport Unit will provide relief costs for DoE teachers attending a swim teacher course on a school day. Please contact us at to organise relief payment.  The School Sport Unit will also reimburse DoE schools up to $300 for the cost of the workshop. 

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