How to become a certified swimming instructors in Singapore

There are a few associations which offer courses to certify swimming instructors in Singapore. They are the Sport Singapore (formerly known as the Singapore Sports Council), Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) and AUSTSWIM.

Please see the following table for more details and the differences between these certification.

Sports SingaporeSwimming Teachers’ AssociationAUSTSWIM

Teaching Venue

Public Pools YesNoNo
Condo & Private Pools YesYesYes 


Minimum Age18 years old as on 1st Jan of the year17 years old16 years old (Accreditation at 17)
Lifesaving 1,2,3Yes
(3 Years from Exam)
Bronze MedallionOptionalOptionalOptional 
First Aid or CPRYesYesYes 
Basic Sports Science (BSS)Yes – –
SG-Coach Theory Lv1Yes – –
SG-Coach Technical Lv1Yes – –
Course FeeBasic Sports Science
S$353.10 Theory LV 1
Admin S$53.50
Course S$321.00 Technical LV 1
Skill Test S$25.00
Course S$375.00
STA Member S$550
Non Member S$580
Approximately S$570
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Upon completion of course, you are required to fulfill a certain number of attachment hours with associated swim school or swimming instructor.

Where Can You Start?

Check out the diagram below and find out where to start.

swimming instructor progression
  • If you cannot swim proficiently yet, come for our adult & lady swimming lessons to furnish up your skill.
  • If you have no lifesaving knowledge and certifications, come for our lifesaving course. During the course, CPR & First aid course will be introduce.
  • If you are preparing to teach at public pool, make sure you have completed your Basic Sports ScienceSG-Coach Theory Level 1, and SG-Coach Technical Level 1.
  • Upon completion of swimming instructor course, do approach us for attachment.
  • Upon completion of attachment and attained proper teaching certification, join our team as a certified swimming instructor!
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Jestina Wee
Jestina Wee
1 year ago

Hi… i used to be a swimming instructor abt 20yrs ago. I have certification fr S’pore Sport Council for Swimming Instructor cert, Lifesaving Instructor n CPR Instructor. But all of them expired i think. Where should i start now?

9 months ago

Do you guys hire swimming instructors for weekends only?

4 months ago

Hi. May i check…. upon completion from either of these three schools… i will be allowed to teach young kids such as 2 years old too right?

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