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Aquatic jobs - What do I need? What should I be earning?  

In this series we provide a sample of aquatic jobs to show: 

  • Job Title;
  • Experience and qualifications usually required;
  • Salary range.
We hope this information will be useful to both job seekers and employers in gaining a better understanding of trends and practices in the sector. Sportspeople aims to progressively add to the list as well as provide links to other useful sites and job seeker tools.

Remember, the information provided in these samples is not intended to be an exhaustive measure of education or salary conditions. If you want detailed and specific comparisons for a position, you should contact Sportspeople to arrange an obligation free quote using our benchmarking service.  
Other articles in this series: 

Administrative Assistant: 

Usually offered as an entry-level type role with a strong emphasis on providing generalist administrative support. Great role to get your foot in the door. Some of these roles are offered as a Traineeship, therefore have a very different salary structure.

Key skills: Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office including the basics or Word, Outlook, Excel and Power Point. Typing speed of 35-40 minimum (good accuracy), strong customer service skills, IT knowledge, team worker, ability to work unsupervised.

Education: Qualifications range from HSC/VCE equivalent through to Degree. Candidates with a broad skill base are usually preferred. Business College qualifications are often acceptable.

Sportspeople Tip: Candidates with broad skill and experiences are usually highly regarded for general Administrative Assistant roles. Think about upgrading your skills in IT, learning some basic accounting software (MYOB) and developing your database management skills.

Salary Range: Usually in the range of $27,000 to $35,000 per annum, plus superannuation. Traineeships will usually be at a lower "adult-wage" while some employers pay above market to get the best candidates.  

Similar roles:  Receptionist; Administrative Coordinator. 

Lifeguard:

These on-pool-deck positions range from a basic Lifeguard to a Senior Lifeguard. Opportunities exist in council and privately operated pools, aquatic and leisure centres across the country. Depending on the facility, Pool Lifeguards may also need to be multi-skilled in the areas of cleaning, monitoring chemical levels in the pools, cash handling and assisting with specific centre programs. There are a number of permanent roles, however many positions are offered on a casual and/or seasonal basis.

Key Skills: Strong customer service skills; good time management skills; conflict resolution skills; ability to deal with emergency situations. 

Education: Typically a Pool Lifeguard certificate, Bronze Medallion certification with current Senior First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation accreditation are essential.

Salary Range: Casual rate of pay is typically $15 - $20 per hour, while a permanent role would typically pay in the range $32,000 to $38,000 per annum. 

Sportspeople Tip: Visit the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia website – www.royallifesaving.com.au  

Swimming Instructor:

Employment opportunities exist across the full range of Learn to Swim to Squad  coaching and include the provision of teaching and coaching for children, adults and specialist groups. There are a number of permanent roles, however many positions are offered on a casual and/or seasonal basis.

Key skills: Strong aquatic teaching background; strong customer service skills; the ability to resolve conflicts; good time management skills; able to work mornings, evenings and weekends;

Education:  AUSTSWIM is the peak body governing this sector and has set the national certification requirements. At the time of advertising a role employers usually specify the level of AUSTSWIM certification. The AUSTSWIM Certificate is the industry standard for swimming and water safety teachers. AUSTSWIM teachers are eligible to instruct a variety of age and ability groups including infants, children, adults and people with a disability. You will also need a current Senior First Aid certificate and Advanced Resuscitation accreditation.

Salary Range: Casual rate of pay is typically $16 - $25 per hour, while a permanent role would typically pay in the range $35,000 to $40,000 per annum.   

Sportspeople Tip: Visit the AUSTSWIM website – www.austswim.com.au  

Swim School Coordinator:

Swim School Coordinators typically manage the administration of the Swim School program, including customer service, bookings, class schedules and staff rosters. In larger Swim Schools, the Coordinator might report to a Manager. Many Swim School Coordinators have come from an aquatic teaching background and view the administrative role as a step away from the “in-water” role. Some roles may also offer aquatic teaching opportunities.

Key skills: Strong aquatic teaching background; strong customer service skills; the ability to resolve conflicts; good time management skills; strong administrative skills and possibly some prior finance experience.

Education:  AUSTSWIM is the peak body governing this sector and has set the national certification requirements. At the time of advertising a role employers usually specify the level of AUSTSWIM certification. The AUSTSWIM Certificate is the industry standard for swimming and water safety teachers. AUSTSWIM teachers are eligible to instruct a variety of age and ability groups including infants, children, adults and people with a disability. You will also need a current Senior First Aid certificate. Occasionally a Pool Lifeguard certificate is also required.

Salary Range: Typically in the range $35,000 to $40,000 per annum.

Sportspeople Tip: Visit the AUSTSWIM website – www.austswim.com.au  

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