In the preschool swimming program, children learn to become more independent in the water and begin to develop important water survival skills.

Children will learn skills in:

  • body orientation
  • propulsion and submersion
  • basic stroke development
  • personal and water safety.

Our swimming teachers

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
Tadpole
(3.5-5 years)
Class size: 4
  • Push and glide with bubbles
  • Independent submersion with bubbles
  • Aided jump entry and return to edge
  • Extended arm paddle
  • Aided kick on front and back
  • Aided treading water
  • Torpedo 3 metres
Goldfish
(3.5-5 years)
Class size: 5
  • Jump entry and return to edge
  • Independent rollover
  • Recover object from chest-deep water
  • Torpedo 3 metres
  • Freestyle and backstroke arms
  • Tread water for 15 seconds
Flying fish
(3.5-5 years)
Class size: 5
  • Step in entry and recover
  • Freestyle and backstroke 10 metres
  • Introduction to breaststroke, survival backstroke and butterfly kick
  • Duck dive, swim underwater for 3 metres and recover an object
  • Throw a buoyant aid and direct a partner to safety

Requirements for this program

  • Children in nappies must wear aqua nappies that are tight fitting around the thighs (you can buy them here)
  • Bring bathers, towel, goggles (recommended, but not required) and dry clothes
  • Parents should bring bathers during the first few lessons, in case the child gets upset and needs support in the water
  • Photos are allowed in the pool (never in the change room area) if you respect others' privacy and get their consent

Safety and handover requirements

To provide a safe environment for your child under 5, you must:

  • 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
  • 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

Fees and payment

We can organise a direct debit for children's swimming lessons at $18.65 per week.To find out more, or to book a trial lesson, call our friendly customer service team on (03) 5382 2576.

Click here to download the Horsham Aquatic Centre Swimming Lessons Terms and Conditions.

Unable to attend your lesson? As a member you are entitled to six free make up lessons per year for missed lessons. Click here to register your absence

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