The annual VACSWIM initiative is a South Australian Government funded water safety program. Each year it engages up to 12,000 primary school aged children at more than 120 sites across the state. VACSWIM's aim is to reduce the incidence of drowning and water related accidents amongst the younger generations.

2020/21 VACSWIM will be delivered by three main water safety bodies. The Royal Life Saving Society will manage and deliver the majority of pool-based programs. Surf Life Saving SA will manage and deliver all programs at the beach or open water. YMCA of SA will manage and deliver all programs at YMCA of SA pools.

2020/21 VACSWIM providers will start appointing eligible instructors in September 2020, continuing this process until all positions/sites have been filled and all staff who worked in the 2019 program are encouraged to re-apply by contacting the program providers specific to their site.

Royal Life Saving South Australia: 
(08) 8210 4500 or email

Surf Life Saving South Australia:
(08) 8354 6996 or email

(08) 0418 708 830 or email



Each provider of VACSWIM must also comply with the AUSTSWIM Swimming and Water Safety Program Guidelines, unless they have been granted an exemption. It  has been determined that in accordance with AUSTSWIM guidelines all teachers engaged for instruction for VACSWIM must hold a current AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Certificate.

AUSTSWIM is Australia's national organisation for the teaching of swimming and water safety. The AUSTSWIM accreditation licence is the industry standard for swimming and water safety teachers and is delivered and recognised in each state and territory of Australia and many countries overseas.

Candidates may enrol as young as 16 years of age, with licence being issued at 17 years of age. Secondary school students gain ten Stage 2 SACE points on completion of the qualification. The AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety accredited training also appears on the recognised VET training list

Holding an AUSTSWIM Teacher Licence will not just allow you to work for VACSWIM, it is also the standard required to work for DECD, as well most other swim schools and water safety programs in South Australia and nationally.

Having your AUSTSWIM accreditation and insurance will also allow you to work independently if you wish.

Click here for the AUSTSWIM Course Calendar. Please note that bridging courses will be required if your site has changed program operator.

Find out more about AUSTSWIM SA.