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Swim teacher accreditation course coming up

Wednesday, 2nd February, 2011

A course for locals who would like to teach children how to swim is being held here by the Royal Life Saving Society A course for locals who would like to teach children how to swim is being held here by the Royal Life Saving Society

A course for locals who would like to teach children how to swim is being held here by the Royal Life Saving Society.

The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award is for people interested in teaching swimming and water safety to children four years old and up.

This course is the national industry standard for Learn to Swim instructors.

It will be held on February 19 and February 20 from 8.30am to 5.30pm, both days, at the Morgan Street Public School and the Broken Hill Aquatic Centre.

The cost is $350 which gives a three-year accreditation.

Alison Middleton, the Manager of the Western Regional Office, said the course shows participants how to teach children all the different strokes, water safety, how to structure lessons and how to progress in lessons with a variety of skills.

The course is available to anyone from the age of 16 and over who wants to teach. Ms Middleton said the course is useful for school teachers or anyone interested in casual work as a swim attendant.

Candidates may enrol at 16 years of age but will not be eligible for the award until they are 17.

"The course involves a mix of theory and practical lessons," she said.

Ms Middleton said RLSS tried to run this course last year but there wasn't enough numbers.

"It waxes and wanes ... it is very seasonal. It appeals to people at university and people who are looking for casual work," she said.

"Don't delay booking in."

She also said the course could be taken even if people were not looking to use the qualification for employment purposes.

"Even if you are a mum at home and you take your children to the pool ... there will be a valuable outcome," she said.

For more information or to enrol visit www.royalnsw.com.au or contact (02) 6369 0679.

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