Swimming Coaches or Instructors coach, train and instruct participants in swimming by analysing their performances and developing their abilities.

Specialisations: Diving Coach, Learn to Swim Instructor.

You can work as a Swimming Coach or Instructor without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. You can undertake a course in swimming instruction with one of the industry bodies.

Tasks

  • Coaches, trains and instructs swimmers by analysing performances and developing abilities.
  • Plans and directs strategies, develops play patterns and analyses game progress.
  • Motivates swimmers and supervises practice sessions.
  • Recruits swimmers and other coaching staff/instructors.
  • Arranges entries into swim competitions.
  • Promotes sports and skills development as well as overseeing the participation of young people in swimming.
  • Officiates at sporting events to enforce rules and regulations, liaising with other officials when necessary.
  • Co-ordinates and directs swimming activities.

All Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Swimming Coaches and Instructors

  • 12,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 23 years Average age
  • 74% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Swimming Coaches and Instructors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 10,300 in 2011 to 12,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Swimming Coaches and Instructors work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Arts and Recreation Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (8%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 23 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (55%).
  • Gender: 74% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training62.8
Arts and Recreation Services25.3
Public Administration and Safety7.9
Other Services1.9
Other Industries2.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSwimming Coaches and InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW30.331.6
VIC31.725.6
QLD15.320.0
SA7.27.0
WA11.010.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.31.0
ACT2.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSwimming Coaches and InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1925.6-5.05.0
20-2428.9-9.39.3
25-3411.3-22.922.9
35-4413.8-22.022.0
45-5412.5-21.621.6
55-593.8-9.09.0
60-642.1-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSwimming Coaches and InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree12.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV11.9-21.121.1
Year 1247.7-18.118.1
Year 118.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Swimming Coach or Instructor without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. You can undertake a course in swimming instruction with one of the industry bodies.

You must also be accredited by Austswim or Swim Australia.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials who are reliable, caring, compassionate and empathetic, with the ability to provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    69% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. English Language

    68% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Administration and Management

    55% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Psychology

    53% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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Demands

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  1. Contact With Others

    98% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  2. Work With Work Group or Team

    95% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  3. Telephone

    94% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Level of Competition

    89% Important

    To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

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