How to become a certified swimming instructor in Singapore



There are a few associations which offer courses to certify swimming instructors in Singapore. They are the Sport Singapore (formerly known as the Singapore Sports Council), Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) and AUSTSWIM. Please see the following for the differences between these certification.

Sports Singapore

Swimming Teachers’ Association



Teaching Venue

Public Pools  Yes No No
Condo & Private Pools  Yes Yes Yes 


Minimum Age 18 years old as on 1st Jan of the year 17 years old 16 years old (Accreditation at 17)
Freestyle Yes Yes Yes
Breaststroke Yes Yes Yes
Backstroke Yes Yes Yes
Butterfly Yes  
Lifesaving 1,2,3 Yes
(3 Years from Exam)
Yes Optional
Bronze Medallion Optional Optional Optional 
First Aid or CPR Yes Yes Yes 
Basic Sports Science (BSS) Yes  –  –
SG-Coach Theory Lv1 Yes  –  –
SG-Coach Technical Lv1 Yes  –  –
Course Fee Basic Sports Science

Theory LV 1
Admin S$53.50
Course S$321.00

Technical LV 1
Skill Test S$25.00
Course S$375.00

STA Member S$550
Non Member S$580
Approximately S$570
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Upon completion of course, you are required to fulfill a certain number of attachment hours with associated swim school or swimming instructor.


Where Can You Start?

Check out the diagram below and find out where to start.



  • If you cannot swim proficiently yet, come for our adult & lady swimming lessons to furnish up your skill.
  • If you have no lifesaving knowledge and certifications, come for our lifesaving course. During the course, CPR & First aid course will be introduce.
  • If you are preparing to teach at public poolmake sure you have completed your Basic Sports Science, SG-Coach Theory Level 1, and SG-Coach Technical Level 1.
  • Upon completion of swimming instructor course, do approach us for attachment.
  • Upon completion of attachment and attained proper teaching certification, join our team as a certified swimming instructor!