Cert III in Aquatics and Community Recreation

Course Code: SIS31015

Duration: 12 months

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.

The following Units of Competency are a typical example however may vary based on the Registered Training Organisation.

 Units of CompetenceNominal Hours
HLTAID003Provide first aid18
SISFFIT006Conduct fitness appraisals30
SISFFIT003Instruct fitness programs50
SISXEMR001Respond to emergency situations18
BSBRSK401Identify risk and apply risk management processes50
SISXCAI001Provide equipment for activities10
SISXCAI003Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions20
SISXCAI006Facilitate groups25
SISFFIT011Instruct approved community fitness programs40
SISXMGT001Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships20
SISXRES002Educate user groups25
SISXIND001Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments25
SISXCCS001Provide quality service25
BSBWOR301Organise personal work priorities and development30


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.