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Swimming New Zealand (SNZ) has a national commitment to Water Safety and Swimming Education. We achieve this by providing Professional Development (PD) to School Teachers and through swim teacher education utilising AUSTSWIM courses and qualifications.


Our regionally based education team provide Professional Development opportunities to Primary School Teachers at schools with pools throughout New Zealand. These professional development sessions are based on a mixture of dry sessions and poolside support sessions. All of our PD sessions are based on Water Skills for Life which is recognised across New Zealand as the foundation program for Water Safety and Learn to Swim education.


In partnership with AUSTSWIM, we offer swim teacher education throughout New Zealand. AUSTSWIM is the recognised leader in formal swim teacher education in Australasia and we are proud to offer their suite of courses to swimming teachers across the country. Courses are delivered by a mixture of presenters including SNZ education team, in-house presenters of large swim schools and external contracted presenters. We offer 5 courses including “Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety” which is the basic course and once completed will give the candidate their AUSTSWIM licence. The remaining courses are extension courses and can be completed once a candidate has gained their AUSTSWIM licence, these courses include Infants, Access and Inclusion, Adults and Teacher of competitive strokes. In partnership with Skills Active Aotearoa we are able to offer level 3 and level 4 qualifications for swim teachers.


We also offer a comprehensive range of training and advice directly related to the operation of either small or large aquatic facilities. This training and advice included:

  •        Water treatment. Including a 1 day or 2-day option depending on individual requirements
  •        Business review of both Swim Schools or Aquatic Facilities
  •        Risk Management Plans
  •        Emergency Plans
  •        Health and Safety Plans
  •        Lifeguard Training and Assessment
  •        Chemical Handling
  •        Operational reviews

For all enquires relating to your swimming and water safety education needs please contact:

Davin Bray - Head of Education

& Water Safety


021 681 503

Karen Dalldorf - National Education

& Water Safety Manager


021 649 998

Moe Richardson - Auckland


021 804 326

Cecilie Elliott - Taranaki


020 4141 1611

Lauren McLellan - Wellington



Danielle Strom -South Auckland


021 249 3939

Wendy Smith - Waikato


029 770 5252

Dianne Hunter - Canterbury


0272 409 627

Judy Tipping - Commercial manager


021 108 3139

Janette Murphy - Hawkes Bay


027 788 1615

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