Professional Development for Swim Teachers

The Swim Professional Development Academy is an online swim training platform for swim teachers which has been developed using the philosophies and swim teaching practices of Laurie Lawrence.

Designed for swim teachers, coaches and swim educators to enhance your knowledge and be the best at what you do. It's a platform where we share our ideas and build a community with  those who are dedicated to teaching swimming to the highest standard.

 Our Swim Professional Development Academy will allow you to:

- Choose from 300+ training modules, videos, resources 

- Expand your teaching skills with Laurie's teaching resources

- Be the first to get access to new content each month 

- Access industry recognised for professional development hours 

Why You Should Join the Academy

Industry Recognised

Our Swim Professional Development Academy is industry recognised, with partners including AUSTSWIM, SWIM/SCTA, ASSA, CSSA, NZSCTA, RLSWA & USSSA.

CPD Hours

Our training is recognised for PD Hours towards license renewal. One hour of training is equal to one CPD Point. 

Endless Training and Resources

The platform has a library of 200+ written resources and educational videos and 100+ online training modules! New content is added regularly to ensure learning remains relevant. 

Online Swim Teacher Training Made Simple

Our cloud-based system means training can be completed anywhere, at anytime. The training is automated and simple reporting features makes compliance easy. 


Swim Professional Development Academy

We've made PD simple for you!

We will ensure you have all the up-to-date tools you need to become the best swim teacher you can be. Joining the Swim Professional Development Academy demonstrates your commitment to your ongoing professional development.

Key Benefits

Our mission is to provide swim professionals everything they need to build their knowledge, expand their skills and learn from the best.

Library of 200+ written resources & videos

Infants, Learn to Swim, Stroke Development, Adapted Aquatics

PD hours to renew swim teacher qualification

100+ Training Modules, with new content monthly

Newsletters, Teaching Tips, and Monthly Webinars

Skill-Based Training Videos to learn from the best

Flexible Payment Options

$25AUD / month | $275AUD / year

Training Content Included

Infants to Preschool (Birth - 4yrs)

  • Group Teaching – Lessons in Action
  • Curriculum, Growth and Development Stages
  • Parents in Water
  • Transitioning to Teacher: Child Lessons
  • Learn to Swim (4yrs +)

  • Skills for Beginner (Breathe Control, Floating Confidence)
  • Skills for Confident Beginner (Body Position, Propulsion)
  • Group Teaching for Beginner, Confident Beginner
  • Skills for Intermediate Swimmer (Freestyle, Backstroke)
  • Group Teaching for Intermediate Swimmer
  • Stroke Development

  • Stroke Development Series 
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly
  • Junior Squad

  • How to create your programs 
  • Setting expectations 
  • Dives, turns plus more
  • Adapted Aquatics

  • Providing an inclusive program 
  • How to be an adapted aquatic teacher 
  • Sign Language – Key Word Sign
  • Skill-Based Lesson Plans

  • Pre-School (3 – 4 years)
  • Learn to Swim (4+ years)
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly
  • Effective Teacher

  • Build Fun into your Lessons
  • Maximise Practice Time
  • Fixes to Common Teaching Faults
  • Skill-building – Why do it?
  • Lesson Planning
  • Swim School Operations

  • Teacher resources
  • Water safety activities for classroom 
  • Lesson plan templates 
  • Water Safety Skills

  • Entry and Exits
  • Survival strokes
  • Treading Water, Sculling 
  • Fitting and using lifejackets 
  • Content Partner Introductions

    • Introductory resources on being a child safe organisation 
    • Introductory resources to managing risk in your swim school 
    • Introductory resource in being a Trauma-Informed Aquatics practitioner



    I love the Swim PD Academy!

    I love the Swim PD Academy platform! World Wide Swim School has been the most valuable resource for my learning. The Philosophy of Teaching Swimming allows us as Teachers to put everything into place, providing the best possible outcome.

    As an Infant & Preschool Teacher, seeing this beautiful gentle approach to learning is what I aspire to teach most, the skills, knowledge, and understanding of how the development progress unfolds all makes sense and is so vital.

    Great job!

    Swim Teacher - Melbourne

    Are you ready to join the Swim PD Academy?

    We knew you'd say yes! As a member of the Swim Professional Development Academy, you will join a community of expert-trained teachers who are dedicated to delivering the highest standard lessons to their students.

    ABOUT | Laurie Lawrence

    Laurie’s learn to swim philosophies are the product of more than 50 years of successful swim techniques and coaching achievements. This includes 10 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals from swimmers he assisted at Olympic level. As a result, the Australian Olympic Committee make Laurie an integral part of the Australian team at all Olympic Games between 1996 and 2012.

    The culmination of decades of experience in the swimming industry has lead Laurie to create World Wide Swim School.

    World Wide Swim School’s training modules and resources have all been developed to educate the swimming industry, children and parents about water safety and best practices, by using Laurie’s world-renowned philosophies. 


    E | [email protected]

    P | +61 7 3568 7920

    A | 38/2 Benson St, Toowong QLD Australia 4066