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
(5+ years)
Class size: 6
  • Push and glide
  • Kick on front and back with aid 5 metres
  • Paddle and kick
  • Torpedo 3 metres
  • Treading water
Sardine
(5+ years)
Class size: 6
  • Jump entry into deep water and recover
  • Kick on front with aid and side breathing 10 metres
  • Kick on back 10 metres
  • Backstroke, freestyle and torpedo 5 metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for 30 seconds and signal for help
  • Duck dive
Salmon
(5+ years)
Class size: 7
  • Seated dive
  • Step in entry and recover
  • Freestyle and backstroke 12 metres
  • Survival backstroke with aid 5 metres
  • Breaststroke kick with aid 5 metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for 1 minute and signal for help
  • Duck dive, swim underwater for 3 metres and recover object
Tuna
(5+ years)
Class size: 7
  • Stride entry
  • Freestyle and backstroke 25 metres
  • Survival backstroke 25 metres
  • Breaststroke kick with breath 12 metres
  • Forward somersault
  • Crouch dive
Dolphin
(5+ years)
Class size: 8
  • Compact jump
  • Freestyle and backstroke 50 metres
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke 25 metres
  • Tumble turn
  • Dolphin kick and sidestroke 12 metres
  • Shallow dive
Shark
(5+ years)
Class size: 8
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Freestyle and backstroke 100 metres
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke 50 metres
  • Butterfly 15 metres
  • Sidestroke 25 metres
  • Using combination of strokes 400 metre swim
  • Clothed swim, flat, scull and tread water for 5 minutes, remove clothes and swim for 5 minutes
Teen Swim
(12+ years)
Class size: 6
Class duration: 1 hour
  • For teens who have not had formal swimming lessons during their primary school years
  • Provides an introduction to swimming through to any level
  • Focuses on building confidence in the water
  • Buoyancy and flotation techniques, kicking
  • Introduction to strokes and refinement of technique
  • Focuses on improving swimming distance
Pre-club
(12+ years)
Class size: 8
Class duration: 1 hour
  • 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)
Aqua-Guard 
(12+ years)
Class duration: 1 hour
  • Suitable for confident swimmers who have passed all the levels but don’t want to swim competitively
  • Aims to develop students’ knowledge of safe water rescue and survival 
  • Builds students’ skills for future employment in the aquatic industry
  • Develops water skills, water safety, knowledge and how to carry out aquatic rescues
  • Provides a fun and dynamic learning environment
  • Goal of achieving Bronze Medallion

Requirements for this program

  • Bring bathers, towel, goggles (recommended, but not required) and dry clothes
  • 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 10, 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 within viewing distance of the lesson, with no visual or physical barriers between you and the class
  • Come to the edge of the pool at the end of the lesson and collect your child.

For children 10 and older, you'll need to decide if your child needs a direct handover to or collection from the teacher. Base this on their swimming ability and general development.

Fees and payment

We can organise a direct debit for children's swimming lessons at $18.75 per week. The cost of Pre-club and Aqua-Guard classes are slightly higher. 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.

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