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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Level 3) with strands in Pool Lifeguard, Swim and Water Safety Teacher, and Aquafitness Instructor
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 40
Subject Area
  • Society and Culture » Sport and Recreation » Sport and Recreation Activities
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification will provide the aquatic sector with pool lifeguards, swim and water safety teachers, and aquafitness instructors, who have the knowledge and skills to operate using safe practices while under limited supervision in an aquatic facility environment.

Graduates will contribute to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Maintain safety and apply aquatic supervision techniques to ensure a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience for customers.
- Take responsibility for own professional conduct to meet organisational policies and procedures while working in an aquatic facility.
- Educate customers and promote facility products and services to enhance customer experiences in an aquatic environment.

Graduates of the Pool Lifeguard strand will also be able to:
- Apply aquatic supervision techniques as a pool lifeguard in an aquatic facility to reduce the risk of casualty for user groups and during aquatic activities.
- Recognise a major emergency and use emergency response procedures and rescue techniques as part of a team during a major emergency.

Graduates of the Swim and Water Safety Teacher strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of water confidence, water safety, swimming strokes and biomechanics of movement in the water to teach swimming and water safety.
- Teach swimmers in water safety, survival skills, swimming progressions and techniques to develop safety awareness in aquatic environments.
- Create and maintain a supportive learning environment to build swimmer confidence when teaching swimming and water safety.

Graduates of the Aquafitness Instructor strand will also be able to:
- Select and use aquafitness equipment and techniques to instruct and deliver safe aquafitness programmes and promote the benefits of movement in the water.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Exercise and Leisure Operations (Level 3) [Ref: 3225].
This qualification may lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Senior Pool Lifeguard) (Level 4) [Ref: 3506], the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics (Specialised Swim and Water Safety Teacher) (Level 4) with strands in Early Childhood Swimmers, Adult Swimmers, Adaptive Aquatics, and Stroke Mechanics [Ref: 3507], or the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatic Treatment Systems (Level 4) [Ref:3504].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work within aquatic facilities as pool lifeguards, swim and water safety teachers, or aquafitness instructors.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
It is strongly recommended that all individuals hold a current practising first aid certificate at the point they are awarded the qualification.
Education Organisation Skills Active Aotearoa Limited
Developed By Skills Active Aotearoa Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3503
Status Current
Created November 2016
Next Review December 2021
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