In this program, the focus is on physical, intellectual and personal development. Children establish a lifelong appreciation for safe activity in the water, and learn vital survival skills not just for the pool but for rivers, lakes and the ocean.

Children will learn to:

  • develop and refine swimming strokes
  • cooperate with and respect others in an aquatic environment
  • make safe and sensible decisions and solve problems in and around water.

Our swimming teachers

All of our teachers hold nationally accredited swimming teacher and water safety certificates. They have current CPR and first aid certificates, and have training in safeguarding children and young people.

Program levels

Teachers assess and progress children through the program levels, based on their individual ability.

Level Description

Octopus

Ages: 5+ years
Class size: 5 students

  • Push and glide
  • Kick on front and back with aid five metres
  • Paddle and kick
  • Torpedo three metres
  • Treading water

Sardine

Ages: 5+ years
Class size: 6 students

  • Jump entry into deep water and recover
  • Streamline Glides
  • Kick on front with aid and side breathing 10 metres
  • Kick on back 10 metres
  • Backstroke with aid 12 metres
  • Freestyle with aid 12 metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for 30 seconds and signal for help
  • Duck dive

Salmon

Ages: 5+ years
Class size: 6 students

  • Streamline Glides
  • Freestyle and backstroke 12 metres
  • Survival backstroke with aid 5 metres
  • Backstroke for 12 metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for one minute and signal for help
  • Duck dive and recover object
  • Butterfly Kick

Tuna

Ages: 5+ years
Class size: 6 students

  • Stride entry
  • Freestyle 25 metres
  • backstroke 25 metres
  • Survival backstroke 25 metres
  • Breaststroke kick with breath 12 metres
  • Forward somersault
  • Streamline Glides
  • Butterfly Kick

Dolphin

Ages: 5+ years
Class size: 8 students

  • Compact jump
  • Freestyle 50 metres
  • Backstroke 50 metres
  • Survival backstroke and
  • Breaststroke 25 metres
  • Tumble turn
  • Dolphin kick
  • Shallow dive

Shark

Ages: 5+ years
Class size: 8 students

  • Feet first surface dive
  • Freestyle 100 metres
  • Backstroke 100 metres
  • Survival backstroke and
  • breaststroke 50 metres
  • Butterfly 15 metres
  • Using combination of strokes 400 metre swim
  • Clothed swim, flat, scull and tread water for five minutes, remove clothes and swim for five minutes

Teen Swim

Ages: 10+ years
Class size: 6 students

 For teens who are beginning there swimming lessons education:

  • Provides an introduction to swimming through to any level
  • Focuses on building confidence in the water
  • Buoyancy, floatation techniques and propulsion
  • Introduction to strokes and refinement of technique
  • Focuses on improving swimming distance

Junior 3 and Junior 4

Ages: 12+ years
Class size: 8 students
  • For teens who are confident in the water and want to swim, but don’t want to start squad
  • Fun, non-competitive class environment
  • Continues to improve swimming technique
  • Prepares students for squad and competitive swimming

Students must have completed Shark level, or equivalent, to participate in this class

Deep Fish

Ages: 5+ years
Class sizes
Deep Octopus 2:1
Deep Sardine 3:1
Deep Salmon 3:1
Deep Tuna 4:1


  • Classes run in deep water with no flotation devices
  • Focus is on deep water safety skills as well as stroke development and technique
  • Encourages children to develop skills and understand their own individual abilities in the water
  • Small class size allows for more swimming time and a more tailored approach

Swimming Lessons Information

  • Program and Safety Requirements

    Infant and Preschool lessons

    • Babies must be at least 6 months old
    • Children in nappies must wear aqua nappies that are tight fitting around the thighs (you can buy them in centre)
    • Parents should bring bathers during the first few lessons, in case the child gets upset and needs support in the water

    All child lessons

    • Bring bathers, towel, goggles (recommended, but not required) and dry clothes
    • Come to the edge of the pool at the start of the lesson and directly hand over your child to the teacher
    • Watch the lesson (Preschool classes)
    • Stay as close as possible to the lesson (for example, by sitting in the chairs around the pool)
    • Come to the edge of the pool at the end of the lesson and collect your child
    • Photos are only allowed in the pool area with prior arrangement (never in the change room area). See our FAQs page for more information.

    To provide a safe environment for your child, parents/carers must stay in the pool with infants for the whole lesson.

  • Accessible Classes

    We can develop swimming lessons on request to cater for participants with special needs.

    We can custom-design swimming programs for school or community groups of all ages with intellectual or physical disabilities. The programs focus on improvement of health and wellbeing and enhance self confidence.
    Our teachers are AUSTSWIM accredited, and provide a safe, social and encouraging learning environment. To find out more, contact our friendly customer service team on (08) 8198 0198.

  • Enrolment

    You have three options to enrol.

    1. Register online (online not available for Adult, Privates and Access).
      • complete the level-assessment and membership agreement and enrol into your preferred time. Guides are available on this page for help with enrolment
    2. Feel free to come into the Centre and speak to one of our customer service officers.
    3. Call us on (08) 8198 0198.
  • Student and parent features

    Swimming lessons members receive:

    • One 30-minute swimming lesson per week
    • 12 make-up lessons per calendar year (with no more than four make-up lessons per term). See our make-up lessons policy for details.
    • Access to Splash Park and the Leisure Pool outside lesson times. For further information please click here.

    Parents of children will receive:

    • Access to the online customer portal to allow you to track your child’s achievements as they progress through the swim program.
  • Fees

      Fortnightly direct debit 
    Standard Rate (Starfish to Shark levels) $48.40

    Price as at 14 April 2022. Please call us for all other rates including Junior Squad, Deep Fish, Access or Private.

You can now enrol online!

Please note Adult, Access and Private is not available to enrol online. Please use the enquiry form below.

For help with online enrolments please see the guide "How to Enrol Online".

  • How to Enrol Online

    To enrol your child or someone who you are a guardian for:

    1. Create Account
      • Visit the online customer portal
      • Select 'Swimming Lessons'
      • Select 'Create Free Guest Account'
      • Complete your (the responsible parent/guardian) details.
      • Select 'create account'
      • Select 'Customer portal' to be taken to the Swimming Lessons timetable
    2. Add a Student
      • You should be automatically directed to the Swimming Lessons timetableIf you cannot see the timetable select 'Book' and 'Swimming Lessons'
      • In the top right select the 'Add a student'
      • Complete the student details.
    3. Determine your level (students must complete a level assessment to enrol in a day and time)
      • Select the Swimming Lessons Category to start the self-assessment 
      • Answer questions
      • Your level will be assigned
      • Select 'Next' to receive confirmation that you student account has been created.
      • Select 'Select day and time' to be taken to the Swimming Lessons timetable for your allocated level.
    4. Enrol into your class day and time
      • Search and select your class day and time. These will be filtered to your allocated level
      • Select 'enrol now'
      • In the pop-up window, select 'enrol now' for the student you wish to enrol in this class.
    5. Make payment
      • Select your payment plan
      • Complete the agreement of terms and conditions
      • Select your preferred payment method (bank details or credit card/debit card) for your contract and select 'next'.

    Payment Methods

    Please note, these details you enter will be linked to your contract for all future payments. You can change your payment details in the future using your online customer portal

    Bank details

    • Enter your bank details.
    • You will be taken to the payment gateway to make your initial payment which will need to be made by a credit/debit card.
    • Make payment.

    Credit/debit card

    • Enter your credit/debit card details.
    • Make payment.
    • Contract confirmation.

    You will receive an email confirming that you are now a member with your contract attached.

    Visit us to collect your membership access card and ask us any questions you may have.

Enquire

  • Watch Around Water policy

    At YMCA Victoria we are a Watch Around Water endorsed aquatic safety organisation. The following information is the new watch around water policy launched in centre from 1 September 2019.

    Watch Around Water is a set of industry guidelines outlining the minimum supervision requirements of young children at all affiliated aquatic venues.

    Children under 5 years old

    All children MUST be accompanied into the centre by a person over the age of 18 and supervised within arms’ reach, at all times in the water.

    All children MUST wear a pink wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming.

    Children will not be admitted without a full fee paying parent/guardian who must also be in the water at all times. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds the ratio of 1:2 (effective 1 September 2019).

    Children under 10 years old

    All children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the centre by a person over the age of 18. All children MUST be actively supervised by an adult over the age of 18 at all times. The adult must have a clear and active view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them (this includes tech and devices).

    All children MUST wear a yellow wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 10 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4.

    Birthday parties

    All children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the centre by a person over the age of 18 and handed over to the supervision of the birthday party leader (staff member).

    All birthday party participants must wear a BLUE wristband AND an age based wristband (pink or yellow) to identify their participation in a party (effective 1 September 2019). The adult guardian of the birthday party child MUST remain accessible and actively supervise the group at all times.

    At the conclusion of the birthday party the child/children will remain in the supervision of the birthday party leader and supervising parent until physically handed over to their supervising parent/guardian.

    Visit the watch around water website

    For more information visit the Watch Around Water website.

Current student & parent swimming lessons resources

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For more information see our Swimming Lessons FAQ page

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