Our training program equips our teachers and coaches with the teaching skills, delivery methods and Col Jones standards essential to becoming a fully-fledged teacher of swimming and water safety. We have developed this comprehensive training in line with industry best practice, ensuring that each and every teacher and coach receives the same foundation to begin their career with us. In fact, we have found that many parents have complimented our teachers on their very first shift following the completion of their training unaware that they have only just begun their journey with us. This is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication that our team has right from the very beginning and makes us very proud of the standard of our training.
But the experience doesn’t end there! The teachers and coaches of Col Jones Hurstville are required to gain their official swim teaching qualifications. Our Swim School Manager John is an official course presenter for the Swim Australia™ Teacher (SAT) course, meaning that several times a year he delivers the course to our team who then become accredited Swim Australia™ Teachers through the peak body for swim teaching and water safety, the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA). They are also required to obtain their HLTAID100 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate. We are fortunate to be able to invite the NSW Royal Lifesaving Society to our centre twice a year to keep our team updated.
Further to these qualifications, our Reception team and Supervisors also all hold current HLTAID300 Provide First Aid certificates. Our Supervisors also all hold their SAT qualifications as well as many years of experience teaching, coaching and training.
We are very lucky to have such an experienced and well qualified Swim School Manager John, who holds the current qualifications as well as over 25 years of experience in the swim school industry. John has attended a multitude of conferences and seminars in the swimming and water safety sector over the years, and loves to share the latest findings with the team. John holds a Bronze Coaching Licence, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate in Aquatic Supervision, is an approved course presenter for Swim Australia™, accredited in Pool Plant Room Operation, and has completed a Child Safe workshop. In 2017 John was a coach on the Swimming NSW Junior Shark Squad.
Our Swim School Coordinator, Josephine, has all the above qualifications that our teachers and supervisors hold as well as Anaphylaxis training, epi-pen administration, Child Protection Awareness Training and Safeguarding Children (Level 1). She has completed a BSc (Psychology) as well as a Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Primary Teaching.
Our team of teachers and receptionists include university graduates and undergraduates in a very diverse range of fields - lawyers, nurses, teachers, engineers, allied health professionals, and business just to name a few. We are so proud to have the best and brightest. They set a wonderful and aspiring example to all of our students!
Author: Josephine Moss (Swim School Coordinator)