Every South African a Swimmer


This programme is aimed at introducing water safety skills to toddlers from ages of 12 months – 48 months. This course is a generic entry level course for working with children between these ages.


  • Candidate MUST be a registered SSA Member to qualify for course registration
  • Candidates must be in possession of the following:
    • Valid First Aid Level 1
    • Learn to Swim Instructor Certificate
    • Police clearance that is valid at the time of doing the course
    • Candidates must remember that when the first aid certificate is older than a year, it must be accompanied by a valid CPR certificate.


  • Candidates are required to have two years (two full seasons) LTS instructors experience
  • Candidates must present their Portfolio of Evidence upon registration
  • Candidates must provide evidence that they have been teaching LTS for the past two seasons
  • Candidates must also participate in the practical aspects of the theoretical background supplied in the two manuals that go with the course.
  • During the course the participants will be expected to demonstrate the teaching technique of the 12 swimming skills toddlers can perform

Course Enrollment

Candidates must contact the E&T Coordinator in the area to make an appointment for their course enrollment. Upon enrollment candidates must produce their:

  • Valid First Aid Level 1
  • Certified Copy of their ID
  • X1 ID size photo (colour)
  • Course Fee of R1800.00
  • Copy of a valid LTS Certificate

In turn candidates will receive a Pre-course Manual and a course program.


3 x day Training program from 08:00 – 16:30.
Consult your Provincial E&T Coordinator for scheduled dates.


  • Candidates must log 20x hours with a minumum of two accredited and registered Todswim Instructors.
  • 2 x Practical Assessments will be conducted;
  • On the second day of the 3 x day training programme, participants will carry out practical exercises
  • Candidates will aslo write a theory exam
  • After the participant has completed the 20 x hours of logging another assessment will be conducted with an SSA Facilitator/ Assessor


Candidates who successfully complete course requirements are awarded with a Swim SA Todswim certificate which allows them to only teach from 12 months old to 48 months.

Annual registration

Instructors are required to register annually with SSA, through their Provincial Affiliate, produce a Police Clearance, Certified Copy of ID, Copy of First Aid Level 1 Certificate, 14 CPD points and proof of Todswim Instructor accreditation.

Module Outline

The Pre-course Manual consists of the following modules:

  • Standards for Toddler Swim Teaching and Water Safety
  • Characteristics of Toddlers
  • The way Toddlers Learn
  • Swimming Skills for Toddlers
  • Aspects of Teaching

The Course Manual consists of the following modules:

  • Overview of Pre-course Manual Modules 1 – 3
  • Secondary Swimming Skills
  • Primary Swimming Skills
  • Practical
  • Teaching Cues