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'.
Pathways created included the opportunity for the university students to obtain qualifications in Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) Swim Australia Teacher (SAT), Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) Bronze Medallion (BM) and RLSSA Resuscitation (RE) courses.
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.
The unit co-ordinator was commended by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Swim Australia (ASCTA) based on feedback the education student participants expressed in the SAT student evaluations summary (personal communication, June 24, 2011).