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Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program

This program provides financial assistance to young people aged 17 to 25 years to undertake accreditation to ensure they are qualified to teach swimming and water safety. The new Program has been supported through the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to deliver the Victorian Government’s Our Promise, your future: Victoria’s youth strategy 2022-27.

The program provides young people with an entry point to allow them to pursue or continue career opportunities in the aquatic sector. It will contribute to supporting the capability of the aquatic sector to support the accreditation of more teachers.

Program Guidelines

Additional Information

  • Eligibility

    Applications are accepted from Victorian councils and learn to swim schools directly operating in public, private or school facilities in Victoria on behalf of prospective swim teachers (candidates).


    Eligible applicants must nominate candidates who:

    • are aged between 17 to 25 years
    • reside in Victoria
    • are currently involved in either a paid or volunteer capacity in the aquatic sector in Victoria or wanting a career in the aquatic sector.

    Individuals that live in cross border cities that either work in Victoria or intend to work in Victoria will be considered on a case-by-case basis and applicants should email Sport and Recreation Victoria to explore individual scenarios.

    Eligible applicants can nominate more than one candidate.

    Please read the Program guidelines above for full eligibility.

  • Available funding

    The program has three funding categories:

    Applicant organisations can apply for multiple candidates in each application. For example, if you want to apply for 10 candidates to undertaking Swimming and Water Safety Teacher training then you can apply for up to $3,250.

    There is no limit to the amount of funding organisations can receive, provided that applications contain specific information about training course dates and scheduling.

  • Registered Training Organisations

    Eligible applicants must apply to training that is delivered by any of the following Registered Training Organisations:

    Other Registered Training Organisations will be considered on the basis they meet National Recognised Training standards and have appropriate level of insurance against child abuse. They will be required to undergo verification by the Department before applications will be considered.

    For more information read the above Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program application guidelines.

  • Key dates

    Applications can be made at any time until 5pm, 31 May 2023 with assessments and notifications provided to applicants within 4 weeks of submission.

  • Apply now

    Step 1: Check your eligibility

    Check the Eligibility section (section 2) of the application guidelines to identify if your organisation is eligible for funding

    Step 2: Apply using the Department’s Grants Portal

    Ensure you have all required information and documents as outlined in the Supporting Documentation section (section 4) of the Program Guidelines.

    Click Start a new application to commence your application through the Department’s Grants Portal.

    You will need to set-up an email login to proceed with your application.

  • Program area and assistance

    For general Sport and Recreation Victoria grant enquiries

    Phone: 1800 325 206 for the cost of a local call (except from mobile phones)


    Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5 pm except public holidays.

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Last updated on 19/09/2022