School-age swimming lessons with the Y teach stroke and skill development, water safety, and personal survival. We also focus on physical, intellectual and personal development.

In the school-age program, we teach your child swimming, water safety and basic rescue and survival skills that can save lives. Your child will 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. They'll also be introduced to skills that will build their foundational skills in aquatic sport.

Children will learn to:

  • develop and refine their swimming strokes;
  • cooperate with and respect others in an aquatic environment;
  • make safe and sensible decisions and solve problems in and around water;
  • challenge themselves to build endurance and strength for the sport of swimming.

Our swimming teachers

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

School-age swimming levels

Your child will progress through the program levels based on their ability, which is assessed by our swimming teachers and program supervisors. Below is an overview of some of the skills your child will learn in each level.


Octopus

Class size: five to six students

  • Kicking and floating on front and back
  • Paddle and kick
  • Torpedoes
  • Treading water
  • Introduction to freestyle and backstroke
  • Two National Swimming and Water Safety benchmark skills achieved

Sardine

Class size: maximum six students

  • Jump entry and recover to safety
  • Kicking on front and side breathing
  • Introductory whip kick
  • Foundational backstroke and freestyle
  • Floating, sculling and treading water
  • Duck diving
  • Five new National Swimming and Water Safety benchmark skills achieved!
 

Turtle

Class size: maximum six students

  • Underwater push and glides
  • Side breathing skills
  • Breaststroke and survival breaststroke kick
  • Survival sequences
  • Freestyle and backstroke

Salmon

Class size: maximum seven students

  • Crouch dive
  • Step-in and compact entries
  • Freestyle and backstroke (12 metre achievement)
  • Survival backstroke (25 metre achievement)
  • Breaststroke kick with breathing

Tuna

Class size: maximum eight students

  • Stride entry
  • Freestyle and backstroke (25 metre achievement)
  • Survival backstroke (50 metre achievement)
  • Breaststroke (25 metre achievement)
  • Performance skills: pace clock, tumble turns, egg-beater kick
  • Shallow dives
  • Five new National Swimming and Water Safety benchmark skills achieved!

Dolphin

Class size: maximum eight students

  • Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke (50 metre achievement)
  • 20 minute endurance swim
  • Performance skills: backstroke starts, complex tumble turns, racing dives and water polo basics
  • Butterfly (15 metre achievement)
  • Sidestroke kick
  • Survival sequences wearing clothing and using life jackets
  • Three new National Swimming and Water Safety benchmark skills achieved!

Shark

Class size: maximum eight students

  • Various safe entry techniques
  • Freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke (100 metre achievement)
  • 20 minute endurance swim
  • Butterfly (50 metre achievement)
  • Performance skills: individual medley swimming, pace clock interval training, touch turns, water polo ball skills
  • Survival sequences including basic emergency response

Squad training and performance programs

We offer squad programs for confident swimmers who have progressed past Tuna level. These programs will vary, however may include Fitness Squads and Club Development Squads.

Fitness Squad is ideal for children who want to continue training for fitness, while Club Development Squad is perfect for those who want to transition into competitive swimming.


Fitness Squad

Class size: eight to 10 students

  • For confident swimmers who want to swim in a fun, non-competitive session
  • Continues to improve swimming technique
  • Continues to improve endurance and fitness
  • Students must have completed Shark level to transition into this squad 

Club Development Squad

Class size: eight to 10 students

  • For confident swimmers who want to transition into a Swim Club program
  • Continues to improve swimming technique, including stroke refinement
  • Focuses on increased endurance and speed
  • Prepares students for competitive swimming by teaching sprints, starts, turns and finishes, as well as competition rules

  • Prices

    Please see the current prices for swimming lessons below.

    Price per lesson Fortnightly direct debit
    Standard rate $22.15 $40.90
    Third and subsequent children
    $21.05 $37.30

    Start-up fee $30.00 per child (not applicable if enrolled at Boroondara Leisure and Aquatic Facilities less than six months ago).

    Payment for our swimming lesson membership is taken fortnightly by direct debit, with the total cost spread out across the year with 26 equal payments. This minimises the cost impact to families and ensures your membership is easy to maintain.

    No lock-in contracts – simply provide 14 days' written notice to cancel.

    We review our prices each year.

  • What benefits do swimming lesson members receive?

    Swimming lessons members receive:

    • 48 lessons every year - one per week;
    • unlimited pool access for the student, along with a supervising parent - great for practise or play;
    • unlimited pool access at Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Boroondara Sports Centre;
    • 10% merchandise discount;
    • access to four make-up lessons per year for children who miss a lesson;
    • optional summer suspension during non-program weeks;
    • certificates for each level of the program achieved.

    Parents of children will receive:

    • access to the SwimDesk parent portal to track your child’s achievements as they progress through the swim program.
  • What should I bring to school-age swimming lessons?
    • Swimwear for your child
    • Towel
    • Goggles (highly recommended, but not essential)
    • Swimming cap (optional)
    • Warm, dry clothes for after class
  • What are your safety requirements?

    To provide a safe environment for your child, parents / carers must:

    • come to the edge of the pool at the start of the lesson and directly hand over your child to the teacher;
    • be present and visible on the pool deck at all times (if your child is under the age of 10);
    • come to the edge of the pool at the end of the lesson and collect your child;
    • only take photos in the pool area with prior arrangement (never in the changing room area);
    • follow the Watch Around Water policy for active child supervision at all times. 
  • Are school-age swimming lessons accessible for all?

    Yes. If a group setting is not an appropriate learning environment for your child, we can develop swimming lessons on request to cater for children with varied needs. This may be in a small group setting or a 1:1 class, depending on the needs of the child.

How to enrol in swimming lessons with the Y

Enrol in swimming lessons online today. For help with online enrolments please see our 'How to enrol in swimming lessons online' guide below.

Not ready to enrol online? Submit an enquiry form to find out more about our swimming lessons. A member of our friendly team will be happy to answer your questions.

  • How to enrol in swimming lessons online

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

    1. Create a responsible person / guest account
      • Visit the online customer portal
      • Select 'Swimming Lessons'
      • Select 'Create Free Guest Account'
      • Select 'Next'
      • 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 timetable (if 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 

For more information see our swimming lessons FAQs page

FAQs

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