• Swim teacher crisis receives lifeline from Jobs Victoria 31/12/2021

    Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford

    Victoria’s massive demand for learn to swim teachers has received a much needed boost thanks to a partnership between Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) and Jobs Victoria. This will enable jobseekers recruited into the program to access an income while completing the accredited training required to become a swim teacher.

    The Jobs Victoria Swimming Teacher initiative is a $3.4 million partnership set to overcome the shortage of swimming teachers in the state.

    A recent survey by ASCTA revealed 28% of Victorians would consider becoming a swim teacher and ASCTA CEO Brendon Ward said there was 280 positions available statewide.

    “Covid hit the industry hard, and we lost a lot of great staff, and the industry is still being impacted with swim schools unable to meet the demand for lessons,” he said.

    “One of the major benefits of this partnerships is it provides an extra incentive for those interested in this special career as they can complete the training while also earning an income.

    “Employers also receive subsidies and incentives to support them to take on new teachers. It is a win win for all parties involved.”

    New recruits will receive tailored support including job-readiness training, dedicated individual mentoring and work equipment funding, while completing the nationally accredited Swim Australia Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course, first-aid, and CPR training.

    Mr Ward said the organisation’s research revealed 25% of children in Victoria were unable to attend swimming lessons due to a lack of availability of swim classes.

    “The safety of children in the water will continue to be impacted until we can fulfil the teacher shortage. There are long wait lists at most swimming schools and we believe this is leading parents to take on the role of teacher at home with our research showing 30% of parents were resorting to teaching kids themselves”.

    “We encourage parents to get into the water and improve a child’s confidence and fun in the water as much as possible but swim teaching is a very specialised job that follows a set process to develop proficient swimming skills.”

    The initiative will create hundreds of jobs for people whose employment has been hardest hit by the pandemic including women over 45, young people under 25, multicultural communities and people with a disability.

    “It will also enable swim schools to recover quicker and build their business back again up after the pandemic restrictions and loss of income.” Mr Ward said.

    Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford said Victorians were eager to get back in the pool post lockdown.

    “Jobs Victoria is working hard to meet a severe shortage of skilled swim teachers this summer and for the summers ahead. It’s vital we have the swim teachers we need to keep everyone safe in the water,” she said.

    The Jobs Victoria Swimming Teacher initiative is supported by the $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund, which is creating 10,000 steady and secure jobs for those most impacted by the pandemic.

    The Swim Jobs website will be launched in late January 2022, with information for both swim schools and teachers. People interested in finding out how to register to access the funding will be able to visit www.ascta.com or email an expression of interest to [email protected].

  • Para Swimming Coach Scholarship 28/07/2021

    Swimming Australia has been fortunate to be involved in the Queensland Academy of Sport Scholarship coach Pilot program. The aim of the program is to develop the future generation of coaches in Queensland, and for Australia and identify coaches who can contribute positively to 2032 medal success.

    The QAS is supporting Swimming Australia to employ a coach through the ‘Generation 2032 Coaching Scholarship Program’.

    We are looking for an individual with a strong commitment to coaching as a potential career path to work with our system coaches to ensuring our Para program swimmers and coaches are best prepared for peak performance.

    The role provides an opportunity to learn how to support elite high-performance athletes whilst providing support to established coaches and programs.

    For more information please see: https://www.sportspeople.com.au/a/jobs/preview/66699

  • ASCTACON21 Scholarships 17/06/2021

    Thanks to the support from SCTI and SSI, ASCTA is offering 6 scholarships to attend ASCTACON at Sea World Resort. Scholarships allow the winner to defray the expenses of travel, accommodation, convention registration and course registration at ASCTACON.
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  • ASCTACON – Sea World Resort Gold Coast 17-20 September 2022 29/01/2021

    It is with great excitement that we announce tickets are now on sale for ASCTACON hosted at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast from 17-20 September 2022.

    Tickets can be purchased via https://asctacon21.ascta.com.

    Delegate accommodation through Sea World Resort will include discounted unlimited-access theme park passes during your stay… Why not bring the family and give the kids a school holiday experience to remember?

    To ensure we are a COVID compliant event, convention passes will be strictly limited to 300 people per day.

  • Save the date for ASCTACON21 28/01/2021

    ASCTACON is back and this year we are returning to the Gold Coast. Experience course workshops, professional development sessions, plenary speakers and masterclasses. Come along for a Swim Australia Swim School tour. Benefit from networking opportunities and activities.

    Help us celebrate ASCTA’s 50th birthday

    2021 marks 50 years since ASCTA was formed, come celebrate with us and also be part of the Golden Anniversary Awards Ceremony.

    Connect | Cultivate | Celebrate

    28 April – 1 May 2022

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  • ASCTA President Tony Shaw Elected to Board of Swimming Australia 23/10/2020

    ASCTA and Swim Australia congratulates ASCTA president Tony Shaw, who has successfully been
    appointed to the Swimming Australia Board for the next three-year period. Shaw’s election to the
    Board was confirmed at the Swimming Australia AGM last night.

    As a long-term member with ASCTA for 46 years, and as a current member of the World Swimming
    Coaches Association board, Shaw brings a very accomplished and decorated history to the governance
    of Swimming in Australia.

    Shaw first paved his foundation and passion for coaching in 1974 plying his trade at the famous North
    Sydney pool on Sydney Harbour at Milsons Point, New South Wales.

    This became the beginning of his continued excellence in coaching that eventually earned him a place
    on the Australian Swimming Team as a team coach for the World Short Course Championships; first
    in in Majorca in 1993 in Spain, and again in Manchester in 2008.

    Shaw has also excelled domestically in being awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and an
    Outstanding Contribution to Coaching in Australia award in 2001.

    He became the 2006-2007 NSW Coach of the Year and was recently the recipient of an Outstanding
    Service Award from Swimming NSW in 2020.

    Shaw was the owner of Tony Shaw’s Swim School in Toongabbie for more than 30 years and is now an
    active partner at the Holsworthy Swim School.

    “The journey I’ve had with ASCTA has been very rewarding. I’m passionate about the sport, I’m
    passionate about coaching, and I’m passionate about seeing young coaches, teachers and swim
    schools developing and thriving. I’m honoured and excited to be elected to the Swimming Australia
    Board and will do everything I can to ensure the ongoing success of the sport,” Shaw said.

    ASCTA Vice President, Lynn Elliott, congratulated and thanked Shaw for the enormous amount of work
    he has done for ASCTA.

    “Tony has been instrumental in establishing ASCTA as a more professional organisation and it has been
    a pleasure working alongside him for so many years,” said Elliott.

    ASCTA and Swim Australia also acknowledge and congratulate Michael Cox (President of Swimming
    Queensland), and Greg Hartung (former Chair of Australia Sports Commission and Australian
    Paralympic Committee) who were both elected onto the Swimming Australia Board.

    ASCTA and Swim Australia recognise the outstanding contribution and service of John Bertrand AO,
    Nicole Livingstone OAM, and Graeme Johnson all of whom are farewelled from the Board and thanked
    them for their service and their lasting impact on the swimming community.

    Lynn Elliott has been appointed by the ASCTA Board as Interim President until the Board can meet and
    discuss the replacement of Tony Shaw as President. The ASCTA Board will also discuss filling the casual
    vacancy on the Board at its November meeting following Shaw’s resignation.