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Swim and Survive

Our learn to swim lessons delivers Royal Life Saving Society’s national Swim and Survive program. Lessons cater for children aged 18 months to 12 years and provide everything from water awareness through to developing strokes and endurance. There are classes for beginners’ right through to swimmers wanting to improve their technique. People with special needs can also participate in Swim and Survive where specialist instructors are available. All instructors are qualified and hold AUSTSWIM-accreditation (or equivalent) and a current Working With Children Check.

2016/17 program

Bookings open on Monday 10 October. Request an email alert when bookings for the summer 2016/17 program open.

All swim events

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Active Level 1

Designed for children aged 4.5 to 12 years, lessons teach basic skills (i.e. submerging, blowing bubbles, safe entry and exit techniques), as well as basic life-saving skills and safe water behaviour. Suitable for children who have never had swimming lessons or are not confident in the water. Maximum class size: 5 children.

Active Level 2

Designed for children aged 4.5 to 12 years, lessons teach freestyle and backstroke techniques, breathing and life-saving skills (e.g. treading water). Maximum class size: 6 children.

Active Level 3

Suitable for children aged 4.5 to 12 years who can swim 15 metres using actions resembling freestyle, backstroke or breaststroke. Lessons correct stroke, further develop stroke and movement skills and develop endurance, as well as teach children life-saving and rescue skills. Maximum class size: 8 children. Note this course is NOT for children who can swim 50m or more.


Designed for children aged 3 to 5 years, lessons aim to develop independence from adult support and build survival skills (i.e. breathing, floating, basic stroke/movement and safe water behaviour). Maximum class size: 5 children (each with a parent/guardian in the water).


Designed for children aged 18 months to 3 years, lessons teach basic water familiarisation skills (i.e. entry and exits, going underwater, floating and breathing) through songs, games and fun activities. Maximum class size: 6 children (each with a parent/guardian in the water).

Can't find a program near you? Sport and Recreation's Swim and Survive program operates in areas of regional NSW where limited learn to swim providers exist.

We suggest you search for swim schools on the Royal Life Saving Society website or the Austswim website. You may also wish to contact your local pool.