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Working for the water safety team

Instructors and assistant instructors support the swimming, aquatics and surf education programs for schools.

Role of instructors

Instructors support the delivery of the water safety program by:

  • supporting the instructor-in-charge to apply relevant policies and procedures
  • supporting the teachers’ duty of care
  • seeking support and active supervision by school staff during the lesson
  • preparing comprehensive lesson plans that meet the objectives of the program
  • completing class attendance rolls
  • preparing and packing up required equipment prior to and after each lesson
  • being easily identifiable to school site staff
  • referring parents’ enquiries to school staff or the instructor-in-charge
  • completing a developmental record for students
  • maintaining their qualifications.

Applying to work for the Water Safety team

Assistant instructors

The become an assistant instructor page lists the process for applying and the qualifications you will need to become an assistant instructor.

Assistant instructors must be 16 years old and over.

Water safety and surf education instructors

The pages below outline the process for applying and the qualifications you need to become an instructor:

Instructors must be 18 years old and over.

Pay rates

The hourly rates of pay for instructors and assistant instructors are:

  • instructor – $49.85
  • assistant instructor – $28.55

Employment conditions

See the fact sheets on paid instruction hours (PDF 54KB) and non instruction hours (PDF 49KB) for more information on employment conditions.

For more information see the SA school and preschool education staff enterprise agreement 2020 (PDF 6281KB), and the teachers (DECS) award (PDF 783KB).


Volunteers are not authorised to work in the Department for Education swimming and aquatics program unless specifically allowed to by both the instructor-in-charge and the school principal. 

The Swimming and Aquatics unit supports Austswim candidates who wish to get teaching experience in the department's swimming program.

There may be times where additional support in the water would be helpful. On these occasions the support is provided by school staff.

Water Safety Team

Phone: 8416 5920
Fax: 8115 5558
Email: Educationswimaquatics [at] sa.gov.au