APPRENTICESHIP: New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics - Specialised Swim and Water Safety Teacher (Level 4)

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Who is this apprenticeship for?    

This apprenticeship is for swim and water safety  teachers who are keen to specialise.  

Specialist swim teachers are inclusive, understanding, adaptable, and able to communicate with a wide range of people.  

This apprenticeship will be delivered and assessed on-the-job at your pool, online, and through external workshops.  

Coming out of this apprenticeship, you will have advanced industry knowledge and practical skills relevant to your two chosen strands.

Please note that this apprenticeship is currently available only through Swimming NZ. Get in touch with us for more information.
By enrolling in this qualification, you will be automatically enrolled into the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Swim and Water Safety Teacher) (Level 3), which you will complete as a first step.   

What's involved?

This 120-credit apprenticeship has four steps:

Step 1

The apprentice completes the NZ Certificate in Aquatics (Swim and Water Safety Teacher) (Level 3)

Steps 2 and 3

The apprentice completes two Swimming NZ teacher extension courses, from the following four subject areas:

Early Childhood Swimmers

Adult Swimmers

Adaptive Aquatics

Stroke Mechanics

Step 4

The apprentice completes an online assessment task, in which they review and evaluate their programmes relating to the extension courses they’ve completed.

This qualification is designed to be completed over 2 years. 

Programme structure

The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 31243 | Maintain customer engagement, safety and service in an aquatic environment | Level 4 | 15 credits

Unit standard 31147 | Maintain currency and professionalism in the recreation industry | Level 4 | 5 credits

Unit standard 29848 | Demonstrate knowledge of safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace | Level 3 | 5 credits

Unit standard 29849 | Demonstrate knowledge of professional practice in a recreation workplace | Level 3 | 5 credits

Unit standard 30122 | Operate professionally and promote safe, enjoyable experiences in an aquatic facility | Level 3 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30125 | Plan, deliver and review swimming and water safety lessons | Level 3 | 15 credits


The strands contain the following unit standards:

Unit standard 31150 | Deliver specialised aquatic education programmes for early childhood learners | Level 3 | 30 credits

Unit standard 31149 | Deliver specialised aquatic education programmes for adult learners | Level 4 | 30 credits

Unit standard 31148 | Deliver adaptive aquatic education programmes for learners with additional needs | Level 4 | 30 credits

Unit standard 31151 | Deliver specialised aquatic education programmes to improve stroke techniques and the performance of swimmers | Level 4 | 30 credits

For more information on the content of the qualification, visit the NZQA website, here.

What are the costs?   

On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for apprentices will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

To check out our fees list, click here. 

This apprenticeship is a fees-free eligible programme. If you meet the requirements to access fees-free, you could be entitled to a rebate of fees already paid, or additional funding to complete your apprenticeship.

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch.

 Where to from here?  

Keen to become a specialist swim teacher? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.

Remember, to do this qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in the aquatics industry.  

If you want to become a swim teacher, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local pool or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other aquatics qualifications

Discover your own career path on Tōu Aratika  - our careers website. 

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