Cert III in Aquatics and Community Recreation

Course Code: SIS31015

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work in aquatic facilities or environments, and recreation facilities. These individuals are competent in a range of activities and functions requiring autonomous work within a defined range of situations and activities.

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a swimming teacher, pool lifeguard, or recreation leader.

Possible job titles include:

  • Swimming teacher
  • Pool lifeguard
  • Recreation leader


Units of Competence

HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals
SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
SISXEMR001 Respond to emergency situations
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
SISXCAI001 Provide equipment for activities
SISXCAI003 Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
SISXCAI006 Facilitate groups
SISFFIT011 Instruct approved community fitness programs
SISXMGT001 Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships
SISXRES002 Educate user groups
SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development


SBAT Certificate Ill in Aquatics and Community Recreation students are required to complete an average of 7 hours of supervised placement per week over the duration of their course.
The aim of completion work placement hours is to gain knowledge and skills required of those who work in this industry and participate in the daily routine of the allied health service.
The skills and Knowledge the student should gain from completing these supervised placement hours are as followed:

Term 1:
Gym/Facility orientation and induction
Open and Closing procedure
Emergency evacuation plan and risk reduction procedures
Equipment Audits and maintenance
New client induction procedure
Health Screening and fitness testing
Administration duties, including filing, answering the phone and taking bookings

Term 2:
Program writing
Gym show through
Exercises instruction
Client interaction on the gym floor
Upselling and product promotion

Term 3:
Personal training/ coaching
Rostering and procedure for sick or absent staff
Strategies to increase member numbers
Technique and approaches to correct client technique

During these placement hours students are also required to complete placement tasks, e.g. observations to demonstrate competency and placement book work. The student will work in partnership with the staff acknowledging that it is a privilege to be given a placement opportunity. Students will liaise with staff and determine the best time for weekly discussions. Students will openly discuss job requirements and written work.