Te Mahi Ako and SCTNZ join forces to address New Zealand’s swim teacher shortage

Published 1 March 2024
Te Mahi Ako, in collaboration with Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand Inc. (SCTNZ), is excited to announce a pivotal initiative aimed at addressing the critical shortage of swim teachers across the country. Through this partnership, Te Mahi Ako and SCTNZ are striving to bolster the aquatic education industry by offering discounted access to the New Zealand certificate in aquatics, swim and water safety teacher, level 3 qualification.

In the face of a 15-20% shortfall in swim teachers nationwide, the demand for swimming lessons continues to surge, exacerbating concerns for water safety. With just over 1,000 swim teachers, the need for an additional 200 teachers has become pressing.

Daniel Fulton, President of SCTNZ, emphasised the profound impact swim teaching can have on individuals and communities. He noted, “I don’t think many people realise what a fulfilling and purposeful profession swim teaching is. It is a career that can be taken up at any age and life stage, gives people an income while managing other responsibilities such as family commitments, caring for others, or studying, while still providing pathways for progression and growth.”

“We need people from across our communities, perhaps they’ve been school teachers, and still want to actively participate in the learning profession or have a background in early childhood education looking for a change in career, or looking to step away from the pressures of corporate life.”

Todd Maddock, acting CEO of Te Mahi Ako stated, "At Skills Active Te Mahi Ako, we are proud of our partnership with Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand. Our joint efforts not only promote accessibility to qualifications but also contribute to fostering a highly skilled and qualified workforce, ultimately promoting the safety and enjoyment of aquatic activities for all."

For those interested in pursuing a career in swim teaching or seeking to support their local swim school, SCTNZ encourages visiting their website (SCTNZ.com) to find a swim school in their area and explore the exciting opportunities available.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Media contact: Frankie Dale | frankie.dale@skillsactive.org.nz | 021 198 4612

Skills Active Aotearoa Group: is a not-for-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, supporting capability development in te ahumahi ā-rēhia: the active recreation, leisure, entertainment and events sectors.

Te Mahi Ako: is part of the Skills Active group and supports individuals to develop themselves through real-life learning within businesses, iwi and communities.

SCTNZ: Swim Coaches and Teachers of New Zealand Inc. (SCTNZ) is a professional body committed to supporting swim teachers and coaches across New Zealand. Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, SCTNZ strives to elevate standards in aquatic education and promote water safety.