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Swimming New Zealand Swim Teacher Award (SNZ STA)



The Swimming New Zealand Swim Teacher Award (SNZ STA) is a great opportunity for people to develop skills and understanding in aquatic education.

The one-day course includes theory and practical sessions.  

Course content includes

SNZ STA is a nationally recognised training programme developed to train people for teaching swimming and personal survival


On completion of the SNZ STA course requirements, participants also receive the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Swim and Water Safety Teacher) (Level 3)

  • SNZ STA covers how people learn, teaching and learning styles and effective communication
  • SNZ STA outlines health and safety requirements in and around the aquatic environment
  • SNZ STA explains the progressions of learn to swim
  • SNZ STA provides the tools to assist in the planning and delivering an effective swimming lesson
  • SNZ STA covers processes and protocols for working in aquatic facilities


Requirements for Certification

Please note that you must be minimum 16 years of age to complete the Swimming New Zealand Swim Teacher Award.

The course requirements need to be completed within 6 months of attending the one-day course.

  • Attend a one-day course participating in theory and practical learn sessions in the class room and pool
  • complete online written assessments
  • gain 20 hours of experience swim teaching
  • write and teach 10 lessons plans and evaluate these 
  • be assessed by a Swimming New Zealand Accredited Evidence Gatherer


Course cost:

$230.00 (incl. GST)


To see the latest list of courses available click here


For further information, please contact the education team here