Looking for a fast lane into a new job opportunity, well why not try swim teaching?
Looking for part time work that was flexible and complemented her osteopathy studies, Surf Coast university student Madison Evans found the perfect solution at her local pool.
She was able to train and become a swim instructor, all for free thanks to a Victorian Government backed initiative making waves at more than eighty aquatic venues across the state, including Madison’s new workplace - Geelong’s Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre.
‘Free training was a huge benefit because it reduces the barriers and also the uncertainty of trying something new.'
‘If it’s paid for, you’re much more likely to give it a go. It works around your schedule and it’s rewarding and enjoyable,’ Madison said.
The flexibility of the job and her ability to dip into different shifts has also been a real lifesaver for Madison.
‘I’m studying osteo so I can go there in the mornings, and I can come and do an evening shift. It’s also good to have the weekends,' she said.
Working at the Centre has also opened up doors to other career opportunities.
'When I was training my shadowing hours were really helpful in learning different techniques and the management are really helpful in providing lots of professional development. Also you learn a lot from other swim teachers.'
'There’s different opportunities in the aquatic facility like lifeguards and gym instructors and swimming teachers. And it’s flexible,' she said.
Madison is one of more than 860 Victorians who have taken the plunge and signed up to become a swim teacher thanks to the $1.33 million Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program.
The program is giving more 16 to 25 year-olds the opportunity to teach swimming skills and water safety and has recently been extended to 31 May 2024.
Victorian councils and learn to swim schools can apply for grants of up to $325 toward courses for new teachers of Swimming and Water Safety, up to $285 toward courses for new teachers of Infant and Preschool Aquatics, up to $195 per person for renewal of Swimming and Water Safety Teacher licences, with the addition of up to $285 for new teachers of Participants with a Disability During Aquatic Activities.
Aspiring young swim instructors can get involved by approaching participating aquatic centres that have received funding under the Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program.
For more information, including a list of successful program grant recipients and to watch even more new program videos visit the Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program.