Training Packages are subject to updates to ensure they align with industry standards and regulatory requirements. The Sport, Aquatics and Recreation training package is delivered by several Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) including RLSSQ.

Swimming and Water Safety Teacher Courses & Extension Changes

Swimming and Water Safety Teacher - SISSS00132

In our continuous efforts to enhance the quality and relevance of our training, we are transitioning to new units that will further elevate the standards of swimming and water safety education.

Change Overview

We are introducing new units to the SISSS00132 course curriculum, designed to provide a more comprehensive and up-to-date approach to swimming instruction and water safety. These changes are based on industry feedback, best practices, and the latest advancementsin aquatic education.


  • Enhanced Curriculum: The new units offer a more structured and engaging learning experience, equipping instructors with the latest techniques and methodologies in swimming and water safety education.
  • Industry Alignment: These changes are aligned with current industry standards, ensuring that our candidates are well-prepared to excel in their roles as swimming and water safety teachers.
  • Improved Learning Outcomes: The new units are designed to foster a deeper understanding of water safety principles, effective teaching methods, and hands-on practical skills.
  • Timeline: The transition to the new units will take effect from 30th October 2023.
  • Support and Resources: We understand that change can raise questions, and we are committed to assisting you throughout the transition. We will be available to answer any questions or concerns to ensure a seamless integration of the new units.
Unit of CompetencyUsage RecommendationUnit of CompetencyUsage Recommendation
SISCAQU008 - Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skillsSupersededSISCAQU023 - Plan Swimming LessonsCurrent
SISCAQU010 - Instruct Swimming StrokesSupersededSISCAQU026 - Teach Swimming StrokesCurrent
SISCAQU009 - Instruct Water Safety and Survival SkillsSupersededSISCAQU025 - Teach Water Safety and Survival SkillsCurrent
SISCAQU002 - Perform Basic Water RescuesSupersededSISCAQU020 - Perform Water RescuesCurrent
SISCAQU024 - Teach Water Familiarisation, Buoyancy and Mobility SkillsCurrent

Changes to the following Specialisation Courses

Amendments have been made to the following specialisation courses:

  • SISCAQU027 - Promote Developmentof Infants and Toddlers in an Aquatic Environment
  • SISCAQU012 - Assist Participants with a Disability During Aquatic Activities.

These two courses will now require the following units:

  • SISCAQU024 - Teach Water Familiarisation, Buoyancy and Mobility Skill; and
  • SISCAQU025 - Teach Water Safety and Survival Skills.

These units will be included as part of the new skillset and have been amended to provide clearer information, and extended to cover determining participant need, modifying activities and evaluting service provision. For existing Swim Teachers holding these units, find out more information on how to update your qualification here.

Pool Lifeguard Award and Annual Update Changes

SISSS00133 - Pool Lifeguard

Important information for Existing Lifeguards - What is changing for those needing to complete annual updates?

The course will continue to be in a two-day, heavily practical based sessions, assessing the outcomes of the units making up the new SISSS00133 - Pool Lifeguard skillset. The emphasis will continue to be to 'assess what you needed to know yesterday', promoting the need for Lifeguards to keep their skills and knowledge sharp throughout the year.

A pre-Requisite of a valid HLTAID011 Provide First Aid unit of competency will be required in order to enrol into this course.

Please note that while a valid HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid unit may be sufficient for meeting First Aid requirements in the workplace, it does not meet the pre-requisite needs a new unit in the skillset, and cannot be used for entry.

Important information for new Lifeguards - What is required to enter the industry?

Our new Pool Lifeguard course for brand new lifeguards entering the industry has been designed to remove as many barriers to enrolment as possible, to further encourage candidates to seek out a role as a Pool Lifeguard.

  • The new course will continue to be delivered in a blended format featuring:
    Interactive online learning, leading into
  • 2 days of face-to-face training.
Unit of CompetencyUsage RecommendationUnit of CompetencyUsage Recommendation
PUAEME003 - Administer Oxygen in an EmergencySupersededSISCAQU021 - Perform Complex Water RescuesCurrent
SISCAQU002 - Perform Basic Water RescuesSupersededSISCAQU020 - Perform Water RescuesCurrent
SISCAQU007 - Perform Advanced Water RescuesSupersededSISCAQU022 - Provide Oxygen Resuscitation and Therapy in an Aquatic EnvironmentCurrent
PUAEME001 - Provide Emergency CareDeletedHLTAID011 - Provide First AidCurrent
SISCAQU006 - Supervise Clients in Aquatic LocationsSupersededSISCAQU019 - Supervise Patron Safety in Aquatic LocationsCurrent
HLTAID011 - Provide First AidCurrent