Common questions about our swimming lessons

Here's a quick 101 for everything you need to know

How do I enrol?

Fill in our online enquiry form, and our staff will be in contact over the next 72 hours to  have a chat about the best class for you or your little one.

Or come in and have a chat with one of our staff at the centre.

When does swim school start?

You can enrol at any time throughout the year, with the first classes kicking off towards the end of summer school holidays.

What are the levels for?

The levels are designed to progress your child through their skills.

What are the levels for babies?

For babies and pre-schoolers, there are three levels:

1. Squids

  • Water familiarisation
  • Socialisation skills
  • Confidence in the water

2. Tadpoles

  • Independence in the water
  • Introduction to rolling and floating
  • Submergence
  • Safe entry and exit of a pool

3. Turtles

  • Independence, confidence and mobility
  • Floating on back with swimming aids
  • Safe entries into water and class interaction

What are the levels for kids?

There are five levels for kids:

1. Platypus

  • Floating on front with/without assistance
  • Kicking with a kickboard on front and back
  • Independent propulsion through water using arms and legs
  • Safe entries

2. Octopus

  • Relaxed floats on back and front without aids
  • Freestyle with bilateral breathing and backstroke
  • Signaling for help

3. Seals

  • Freestyle and backstroke continuously for 20 metres with correct technique
  • Survival backstroke kick
  • Submerged swimming

4. Yabbies

  • Freestyle and backstroke continuously for 50 metres with correct technique
  • Breaststroke kick with correct technique for 25 metres
  • Introduction to tumble turns
  • Survival backstroke

5. Dolphins

  • Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and dolphin kick
  • Introducing the use of flippers for stroke development
  • Deep water confidence
  • Sculling, sidestroke and step in entry

What about advanced swimmers?

Advanced swimmes have three levels, capping out at squad

1. Sharks

  • 800 – 1000m covered during training
  • Freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke
  • Introduction to butterfly
  • Treading water, survival strokes and throw rescues

2. Orcas

  • 1000 – 1800m covered during training
  • Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
  • Racing starts, turns and finishes
  • Reading programs, using swim clock and time trials

3. Squad

  • Progression on from Orcas
  • Introduction to competition starts and turns
  • Technique
  • Timed swims
  • Endurance work

Do you do classes for teenagers or adults?

We know that teenagers and adults have different needs to our young swimmers. That's why you have speciality programs to cater to you:

Teenagers Learn to Swim

  • Confidence, floating and propulsion through water
  • Freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke
  • Introduction to butterfly

Adults Learn to Swim

  • Confidence in the water
  • Floating with/without assistance
  • Freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke
  • Introduction to butterfly
  • Stroke refinement

How much does it cost?

Lessons are charged at $21.50 per week; $43 per fortnight via direct debit.

Can I pay upfront?

Swim School is all done via direct debit. We find it gives the most flexibility for payments, with no large upfront payments at inconvenient times.

Do we get a break from lessons?

Swim School runs 45 weeks per year with the following gaps:

  • No lessons during December / January School holidays
  • No lessons from Thursday prior to Easter until Wednesday after Easter.
  • No lessons on Public Holidays.

As with any new skill, learning to swim is a continual process, not an event. Like learning to walk, read or write, being able to swim independently takes time, patience and requires ongoing practice. Swimming and participating in Swim School lessons all year round promotes faster development by allowing greater exibility and continuity for every student.

Will I be charged during no lesson periods?

No, you will not be charged for periods that lessons are not conducted. However, if your account is up to date at this time you can still access our facilities free of charge.

What if I can’t make it to a lesson?

If you are unable to attend a lesson, you will be offered a Missed Lesson Pass – valid for the next three months.

A Missed Lesson Pass gives you access to the Centre equal to the cost of your missed lesson. e.g. a regular child's lesson ($21.50) would give you roughly three entries ($6.70 each) to the Centre.

Will my lesson time change throughout the year?

Class times can vary throughout the year, depending on your child's progress.

Each level has different times and days, and we try to maintain as much continuity and consistency for your child as possible.

Is there a school holiday program?

Yes. Over the summer holidays we run our School Holiday Intensives.

How do I find my class?

Visit the Current Students section of our website.

We have several pools at the Centre and it's a big place! If you need direction on arrival, ask our staff and they can point you in the right direction.

What if I have special health issues?

You can give us all the details when you enrol. If you have specific issues that won't be covered in the paperwork, have a chat with our team.

When is it time to progress to the next level?

Each level has certain skills and requirements that you must complete to be ready to progress to the next level.

Our qualifed Swim School instructors and supervisor monitor student progression in every class, and will keep you informed as to when it is time to move up.

Where can I go to find out more information about the Swim School program?

The most up to date information is always displayed at the Centre on our notice boards.

You can also give our team a call on 8203 7665.

What if I need to cancel or suspend my Swim School enrolment?

If you are only going to need to take a week or two break, complete and return the suspension form

If you need to cancel your enrolment, we're sorry to see you leave,. Please fill out and return a cancellation form.

For us to get these processes, please return your form 7 days prior to your suspension date or 7 days prior to your next debit for cancellation.