The Victorian Government is backing VICSWIM to create 150 new jobs with $200,000 to help train and upskill swimming teachers where they are needed most.
The workforce will be ready for the start of VICSWIM Summer Kidz Program in January so that VICSWIM can continue to educate Victorians on swim safety in both pools and open water.
Instructors will work right across the state and those wanting to get involved will achieve Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualifications enabling them to help kids aged 4 to 13-years learn how to swim and be safe in the water.
The program complements the recently launched Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program giving 17 to 25-year-olds the opportunity to teach swimming skills and water safety.
The Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program will deliver grants of up to $325 towards courses for new teachers of Swimming and Water Safety, up to $285 towards courses for new teachers of Infant and Preschool Aquatics, and up to $195 toward the renewal of teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualifications.
Together the new programs provide an important entry point for instructors to pursue or continue careers in the aquatic sector, helping Victorians of all ages learn vital water safety skills and survival knowledge.
It’s estimated more than 4,000 kids missed out on swimming lessons over the past two years and 17 people tragically lost their lives due to drowning last summer in Victoria – that’s why the Government is ensuring even more Victorians get their chance to learn about water safety.
For more information about the VICSWIM initiative visit VICSWIM
For more information about the Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program