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A passion for pools

01 January 2013 swimart

A passion for pools

A passion for pools

Swim instructor/coach
For people who want to be in the water and be involved with people, becoming a swim instructor or coach could be the perfect job for you.

Harness the skill of teaching, and impart important life skills on kids and adults alike. You could change someone's life for the better, or at the very least pass on your love and appreciation of water.

This career can also be taken to an elite level with competitive squad coaching. You never know, you could even take a promising young swimmer to the Olympics one day! Just consider former competitive swimmer Tracy Menzies, who now trains elite swimmers.

Things you may need to be able to apply for a job as a swim instructor include a current first aid certificate and a Working with Children check. You also may need to complete a number of water safety and/or principles of teaching courses.

Swim school manager
Combine your strong organisational skills with your love for water as the manager of a swim school. If you are good with people, and want to branch into running your own small business, success could be just around the corner.

You may need to work your way up from the bottom of an existing swim school, or, if you are feeling brave and have previous experience at a swim school, then creating your own business may be the way to go.

You may need qualifications in management, a current first aid certificate and a Working with Children check.

Pool technician
If it’s the technical, hands-on aspects of the pool that capture your interest, then the job of pool technician sounds like it’s for you.

Being good with people could benefit you in this career path, as could qualifications from an industry course. You will meet people from every kind of imaginable background as you travel to their homes to fix their filters, pumps and other swimming pool equipment. You also get to enjoy the benefits of working outdoors in the fresh air.

You may need qualifications from an industry course to become a pool technician. If you're interested, then perhaps talk to your local Swimart technician about what’s required!

Pool builder or renovator
Get hands on with construction and the design process working as a pool renovator. If you are looking to combine your interest in pools with your skills in a hands-on trade, then this job is perfect. Develop your specialist knowledge of pool materials and construction to help Aussie families re-design the favourite part of their backyard.

This is also a great career path for those who love to work as a team. You do need qualifications in construction and/or design, plus you will need a Certificate IV in pool and spa building. Check your local Master Builders Association and/or Swimming Pool & Spa Association for information on how to go about it.

Pool and landscape designer
if you love the outdoors in general, or have an interest in gardening or pool design/construction, then landscape and pool design could be the right choice for you.

Work as a team to create resort-style getaways for a variety of clients, and gain satisfaction from knowing you have fulfilled the design brief with a backyard they will love for years to come.

You will need qualifications in design and/or horticulture to pursue this career path.