Professional governing body to regulate swim centres and ensure teachers hold licences.
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Last year I had my 3 year old Daughter enrolled at a swim school for a few months. Her teacher left and they supplied 4 different teachers over 4 weeks (we stopped going on 4th week) as she was becoming apprehensive towards swimming due to so many teacher changes.
A school leaver taught my child on 2 occasions who did not hold any license and I found this out after. I contacted the swim school only to be later threatened to be sued with defamation. I contacted Austswim who stated the swim school hadn't been registered since April 2015, but yet the swim school had the Austswim sticker displayed still (February 2017).
I contacted Swim Australia after the swim school commented they were regulated by Swim Australia. I raised these concerns to Swim Australia as addressed to Austswim and Swim Australia did not address these issues. They instead, took 4 weeks after several emails prompting them to take action, they responded that I needed to lodge an official complaint in a chronological timeline!
The person from Swim Australia who dealt with my complaint are good friends with the owners of the swim centre my Daughter attended.
The picture is clear that we as a society need a independent regulatory body to act on behalf of all Australians in a impartial way and to ensure that protocols are followed. Without a independent regulatory body WE have no way to ensure that swim teachers have licenses to teach and are not under the effect of any substances.
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