ASCTA members include: the University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clark Atlanta University, University of Mississippi, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, DRS, Quantum Magnetics, and General Dynamics Robotics Systems.
The ASCTA also offers a significant opportunity for educational advancement and rotational assignments -- further enhancing the collaborative research environment.
With both courses offering identical units of competency (Table 1), the difference other than price was that ASCTA duration was four years rather than Austswim's three.
ASCTA is Australia's peak professional swimming body and courses are recognised by International Federation of Swim Teachers Association (IFTSTA), thus providing a world class curriculum for all stakeholders in support of the commitment to action in achieving the Educational Goals for Young Australians.
In reflection, the arrival of the author, his efforts to supply innovative solutions to meet the training needs of the Gippsland community and the introduction of ASCTA may have been perceived by the local community as that of an 'outsider'.
Creating pathways between Registered Training Organisations (RTO), namely ASCTA and RLSSA was one of three equally important collaborations required.
Another barrier that caused initial damage to the collaborative pathway, and as such the ASCTA reputation, which was difficult to rebuild within the community, was the misinformation the Swimming Supervisor provided the Primary school community about the lessons.