Preschool swimming lessons with the Y focus on developing your child's basic skills in swimming, survival and water safety.

Our preschool swimming lessons are suitable for children from three years to school entry age. We guide children through fun activities, gradually building upon their breathing, floating and movement skills.

Throughout the program, your child will become more independent and confident in the water. They will also begin to develop important water survival skills.

Children will learn skills in:

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

Our swimming teachers

Our teachers hold nationally accredited swimming teacher and water safety certificates, as well as specialised qualifications for teaching children under four years. They have current CPR certificates, Working with Children Checks and have training in safeguarding children and young people.

 

Preschool swimming levels

Your child will progress through the program levels based on their ability, which is assessed by our swimming teachers and program coordinators through an ongoing assessment schedule.

Below is an overview of some of the skills your child will learn in each level.

Tadpole

Ages: three to school-age
Class size: five students

  • 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 three metres
  • One National Swimming and Water Safety benchmark skill achieved!

 

Goldfish

Ages: three to school-age
Class size: five students

 

  • Jump entry and return to edge
  • Independent rollover
  • Recover object from chest-deep water
  • Freestyle and backstroke basics
  • Introductory survival backstroke
  • Tread water for 15 seconds
  • Five new National Swimming and Water Safety benchmark skills achieved!

Flying fish

Ages: three to school-age
Class size: five students

  • Step in entry and recover
  • Freestyle and backstroke 10 metres
  • Introduction to breaststroke and butterfly kick
  • Duck dive, swim underwater and recover an object
  • Throw an aid and direct a swimmer to safety
  • One new National Swimming and Water Safety benchmark skill achieved!

In some instances not all preschool program levels will be offered depending on local progression rates. Regardless, all levels of preschool children will be catered for.

 

Preschool swimming lessons information

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  • 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 a Boroondara Leisure and Aquatic Facility 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 preschool swimming lessons?
    • Swimwear for your child 
    • Dry clothes
    • Towel
    • Goggles (recommended)

    We also recommend that parents bring swimwear for themselves during the first few lessons in case your child needs your support in the water.

    If your child is still in nappies, you will also need to bring aqua nappies that fit tightly around the thighs. Don't worry if you don't have any or forget to pack them – you can buy them in centre.

  • 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;
    • watch the swimming lesson and remain in the centre at all times;
    • stay as close as possible to the lesson (such as by sitting in the chairs around the pool);
    • come to the edge of the pool at the end of lesson and collect your child;
    • only take photos in the pool area with prior arrangement (never in the changing room area). 
  • Are preschool swimming lessons accessible?

    We can develop swimming lessons on request to cater for children with special 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

To enrol in swimming lessons or find out more, submit an enquiry using the form on this page. You can also speak to us in centre.

Our friendly customer service staff will help you determine the right swimming program level for your child. 

For more information see our swimming lessons FAQs page

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