Swim Australia offer a suite of extension courses which enable the further development of teachers and creates the potential for members of our community with social or cultural barriers to participate in lessons and programs promoting water safety and swimming skills.

The Swim Australia™ Teacher of Cultural Awareness in Aquatics (SAT CAIA) has the competency of a Swim Australia™ Teacher with additional specific knowledge and skills to teach special populations in aquatic classes. The course aims to challenge misconceptions, create positive dialogue, empower with new knowledge, and motivate the traditional staffing base in Australia’s aquatic industry with non-traditional clientele.

Enrolment Requirements

  • A current Swim Australia™ Teacher qualification; or
  • A current Swim Australia™ Teacher of Competitive Swimming qualification

Units of Competency

This course covers the following units

SISFFIT022 – Instruct aquatic sessions for specific population groups

SFICPL204 – Communicate effectively in cross-cultural environments


  • You must provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI) number at the time of enrolment. A USI is your individual education number and is required if you are undertaking nationally recognised training. To find your USI and further information please visit the website https://www.usi.gov.au/students
  • Current Working with Children Check

Course Structure

After completion of all online Units of Competency, you will be provided with a Theory Acknowledgment. You will then be welcome to attend the Face to Face Practical workshop which focuses on transitioning you from theory to hands-on practical.

Once you have successfully completed the practical workshop you will need to undertake on-the-job training and further assessment items in the workplace.

Students have up to 12 months to complete this course but may be accredited sooner should they have completed and submitted all course requirements.

  • Online Theory component – approx. 30 hrs
  • Face to Face Practical Workshop – 6 hrs
  • On the job training – approx. 5 hrs
  • Competency Assessment – 1.5 hrs

Accreditation Requirements

Completion of:

  • Online theory modules
  • Face to Face Workshop
  • Workplace Competency Assessment
  • Workshop Workbook
  • A copy of a current Statement of Attainment listing the HLTAID009- Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Current SAT or SAT CS Qualification
  • Completion of the Safe Sport Framework

Certification | Accreditation
Students who have successfully completed this course will receive an electronic Swim Australia Teacher of Cultural Awareness in Aquatics certificate along with a Statement of Attainment listing the above competencies.

An added benefit of this extension course is that it constitutes SCTA Professional Development and thus extends the expiration date of any existing Swim Australia™ Teacher accreditations you have for a further 3 years from the date of this course’s completion.

All Swim Australia Teacher qualifications are valid for 3 years from the date of accreditation.

In addition, newly accredited teachers will receive complimentary Graduate SCTA Membership and Teacher Insurance for the length of accreditation (3 years).

How to Enrol into a Course:
Visit our Course Calendar to find an available course workshop in your area. Click on the appropriate course to view the course details and to register. Once payment has been made, you will receive further details on how to access the online theory modules of your course through the dita e-learning platform and confirmation of your booking into the practical induction workshop.