Health & Wellbeing

Career solution for the family juggle

Ian Campbell15 April 2016

A great opportunity in mid-May with the Austswim teacher program coming to Pambula.

Instead of having to travel to Sydney or Melbourne which is normally the case, locals will be able to complete the two day course at the Sapphire Aquatic Centre and become a qualified swim teacher.

Leanne Webb, Aquatic Facilities Coordinator with Bega Valley Shire Council says “This will really open doors for people, and the fact that you can do the training so close to home overcomes that added financial hurdle of travel and accommodation,”

“Mums, dads, grandparents and students are already qualified Austswim teachers, and find it a compatible fit with family life and other work or study commitments,” she says.

Completing the basic Austswim training is enough to start earning money and building a love and knowledge of the water for children.

Instructors earn between $21 and $26 per hour, plus casual loading and 9.5% superannuation, with demand for classes outstripping the number of teachers locally.

“There’s also great satisfaction in knowing that you are making kids and families safer around water,” Ms Webb says.

“We have around 700 children come into the Sapphire Aquatic Centre each week for classes and development programs, and we could put more through if we had the teachers.”

Ongoing training and mentoring would be part of your swim career with Bega Valley Shire Council, with further study options available taking in coaching and squad training and working alongside people with disabilities.

The two days of training are May 14 and 15, between 8:30am and 5:30pm, at the Sapphire Aquatic Centre in Pambula, cost is $405 payable to AustSwim.

More information can be found on the AustSwim website or call Leanne Webb on 6494 3100

Disclosure: author is a part time media officer with Bega Valley Shire Council

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