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0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 3 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.



Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine
Not available to international students.

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This course is appropriate for a person who is looking for a career in the Fitness Industry as an Aqua Instructor / Aqua Trainer. Content areas covered include everything from circuit classes, interval training, deep water, shallow water, water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills using drills, activities and games and heaps more. You are sure to walk away with an awesome bank of variations in aquatically designed exercise programs to incorporate in your classes and teach, train, educate and motivate your participants with. Students will also learn to evaluate aquatic emergencies and respond appropriately with basic water rescues that incorporate CPR.

Aquatic exercise provides one of the most effective forms of resistance training available with stresses placed upon muscles through a full range of motion as you move through the water. Teaching aqua opens up your clientele base to a huge variety of people and includes elderly, pre-natal, rehabilitation, sporting athletes and teams and that's just a few!

Career opportunities

Possible occupations relevant to this program include:
>Aqua Instructor
>Aqua Trainer

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Skills recognition is not applicable to this course. CDU's short courses are highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. They will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Further training pathways from program include, but are not limited to SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness.


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2023 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

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Whether you learn on campus or online, you will be studying with a proud multi-sector university that’s a leader in research and flexible study delivery. CDU is innovative, industry-relevant and student-centred. Our students are at the heart of all that we do.

  • Benefit from smaller class sizes for more personalised attention
  • Online learners receive the same support as their on-campus peers
  • Enjoy inclusive, welcoming learning environments
  • Utilise our deep connections with industry, businesses and communities in the Northern Territory, across Australia, and beyond

What will I study?

To achieve VTP353 Aqua Instructor Specialisation a total of seven (7) units of competency must be completed as detailed below.

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 206.

CodeModule/Unit of Competency
BSBRSK401Identify risk and apply risk management processes
HLTAID011Provide first aid (Credit Transfer only)
18 (CT)
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety20
SISCAQU002Perform basic water rescues
SISCAQU008 Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills
SISFFIT008 Instruct water-based fitness activities
SISFFIT022 Instruct aquatic sessions for specific population groups
Total nominal hours for the qualification

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

To gain entry into VTP353 Aqua Instructor Specialisation, candidates require:

  • Ability to swim
  • A currently Apply First Aid certificate

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Course details


This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

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Location and study mode

Delivery is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine

Study Mode: Online

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Swimming Coach Or Instructor
Area of study
Sport and Fitness, Exercise and Sport Science

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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How to apply

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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