Swim Instructor Course (3 Module Package)

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Upcoming Course Dates 2020 
5-9 Feb (Northcliff) JHB * 6 Spots Left
25 - 29 March (Centurion) * 4 Spots Left
3 - 7 June (Northcliff) JHB

Do you want to change your life...? 
Become an Internationally Recognised Swim Instructor with SWIMMING.co.za
We currently offer a 3 Module Swim Instructor program. 
Module 1 - StarBabies - R7500
Module 2 -StarTots - R7500
Module 3 - Learn To Swim & Stroke School - R7500
Book before the end of the month and get the 3 Module Package for only R15 000 
+ get a FREE Rescue Tube worth R2500 

About our Swim Instructor program and its affiliations.
The team from SWIMMING.co.za offer the SAI (StarFish Aquatics Institute) and the PADI Swim Instructor Programs. Both of these organisations are represented globally. PADI International is the world's biggest SCUBA training agency and Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) is one of the world's largest swim and lifeguard training agencies.

StarFish Aquatics (https://www.starfishaquatics.org) is an American based swim training organisation and the syllabus is used globally.

Starfish Swimming currently represents the United States in the International Federation of Swim Teachers Association (IFSTA), which is an international organization based in the United Kingdom. Instructors who are certified through Starfish Swimming or PADI Swim School are eligible to receive an IFSTA certificate, which is recognized in countries around the world. Leslie Donavan, the President and CEO of Starfish Swimming, is the current Vice President of IFSTA. (https://www.ifsta.co.uk/)


SAI uses an integrated, experiential approach to learning, with performance-based, benchmarked structures.


PADI is the world leader in SCUBA and underwater training with both ISO, and CEN approved standards. PADI is a world leader in training and education programs.

Both SAI and PADI have very stringent quality assurance programs. The training is unparalleled, and there is no other training association that comes close to matching these standards in Africa.

Who can attend this course?
The internationally recognised PADI / SAI Swim Instructor course is open to anyone above 16 yrs of age who knows how to swim. That's right... There are no other pre-requisites for you to attend. 

Water Orphans Swim School

Northcliff - JHB 
Urban Dive Swim Centre 

Why Choose the Starfish Aquatics or PADI Swimming Program?
Here are the primary reasons why others have chosen Starfish and PADI Swimming:

  • Globally represented swim instruction program
  • Innovative and effective teaching methods
  • Safety concepts built into the curriculum at every level
  • Transition from another program is fast, easy and effective
  • The curriculum can be incorporated into current programming of any kind
  • Cost-effective with minimal paperwork
  • Client support with direct contact to the highest levels of the organization—no bureaucracy
  • Quality resources for instructors and merchandise for students

By becoming a Training Center and adopting either the PADI or Starfish Swimming program, training provider, you’ll immediately see the benefit of having a dedicated national program director to guide you through implementation and provide ongoing support.

Program summary:

The streamlined, innovative and learner-focused curriculum uses an “ages and stages” format so that you can offer swim lessons across the lifespan to a broad range of interests. There are many courses you can choose to offer that will provide a variety of programming options for your customers to explore the benefits and risks of swimming. You may want to focus on offering one “age and stage” when first starting out and add more to your program as you grow – or you may want to jump right in with a full lineup. The choice is yours.

The StarBabies and StarTots courses introduce infants and toddlers to the water in a fun and loving environment. Parents or caregivers are taught the proper techniques to teach their infants and toddlers how to float, submerge, move in the water and roll over. Classes incorporate songs and activities to meet the swim skill benchmarks. Safety skill benchmarks are designed to educate the parents or caregivers.

The Swim School courses for pre-school, youth and adult students focus on meeting core competencies required to develop efficient swimming skills and age-appropriate safety skills:

  • Trust and submersion;
  • Body positions and air recovery (includes rollover to back for air recovery)
  • Forward movement and direction change;
  • Rotary movement (transitions from rollover to side position for air recovery)
  • Integrated movement
  • Functional strokes
  • Age-appropriate safety skills.

The Stroke School courses for pre-school, youth and adult students develop effective technique and endurance for:

  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Butterfly
  • Breaststroke

Training and Certification Overview

The SWIMMING.co.za - SAI and PADI Swim Instructor Training Courses are made up of 3 Modules the encompasses all levels of training, once you complete our course and log your required training / apprenticeship hours you will be rated to train all of the below mentioned modules.

Starbabies (6-18 Months) 

StarTots (18-36 Months) 

Stroke School (3 Yrs +) 
Our swim instructor course encompasses all 3 modules. * Note, we do not offer individual modules, we only offer the complete Swim Instructor Course package.

Each of our programs are broken into 5 colour levels. Each level contains both swim and safety skills that work toward the achievement of a swim and safety benchmark. The system allows instructors to easily grade the client until they master the benchmarks. Once the benchmarks are met, the client then moves to the next level. It is a performance-based system, allowing flexibility to the client and the trainer.

Although you are not required to have all the materials, we feel that it is important to train with all the materials, so that you can identify and affiliate with the individual courses and levels. You also will need the materials once you start instructing.

The standards and structure of the course are discussed in detail on the course. On completion of your program, you stay in contact with our Program Directors.

Once you have completed the Swim Instructor course, you will be registered with either StarFish Aquatics or as PADI Swim Instructor.

Please Note: 
To qualify as a PADI Swim Instructor you will need to affiliate to a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre and meet the required facility standards.

You will then need to train, and stay in date in accordance with their quality assurance through either your SAI or PADI instructor trainer (program director). We will assist you in acquiring the in-water hours that you need to be comfortable to train. 

We will also work through the SAI and PADI Swim School Standards and Guidelines for Quality Management. It is highly beneficial to you as an instructor to be aware of the course structure and standards.

Once you are a Qualified SAI / PADI Swim Instructor and you want to start training, there is a full list of materials that you can purchase from SAI.

    Class Materials Prerequisite Study:
    In order to attend the SAI or PADI Swim Instructor Course, you will need the following: SAI or PADI Swim Instructor Workbook (included) - You will need to review and complete a self-study of the PSI (SAI or PADI Swim Instructor) Workbook and complete worksheets 1 through 9 in the PSI Workbook

    You will also receive a sample SAI or PADI Swim Instructor CAP Record as well a StarBabies, StarTots & Stroke School logbook.

    Sample Course Schedule
    Day 1 (Wednesday) 4pm - 9pm
    Course orientation  and swim practice 

    Day 2 (Thursday) 
    8:30am - 6pm 
    Module 1 - Star Babies & Introduction to teaching

    Day 3 (Friday) 8:30am - 6pm
    Module 2 - StarTots & in water practical teaching techniques 

    Day 4 (Saturday) 7am - 4pm 
    Inwater practical teaching & Module 3 - Stroke School

    Day 5 (Sunday) 9am - 4pm
    In-water Stroke School practicals & final paperwork

    For more info please contact:
    Kevin Cook or Daniel Martin - 083 645 3191 | swim@swimming.co.za

    Please Note: To qualify as a PADI Swim Instructor you will need to affiliate to a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre and meet the required facility standards. You are welcome to contact us for further information about this. 


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