Learn to Swim

Swimming is one of the most important life skills that anyone can learn. The Bay of Isles Leisure Centre provides nationally accredited quality aquatic education and swimming development programs for children and adults.

Enrolments commence Monday 25 September, 9am-4pm, Weekdays.

Please note that full payment of the term fee must be made at the time of enrolment to secure a place in the class.

Enrolments can be made by visiting the Swim School Office at the Bay of Isles Leisure Centre. Please note we are no longer accepting enrolment forms via email and apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

If you are unable to attend in person, please contact the Swim School office at the Leisure centre on (08) 9083 1700.

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Enrolment Terms and Conditions

Swim School Program

Parent/Baby Lesson - 6 months to 2.7 years old

Program Age
Ducks 1: 6 months – 12 months
Ducks 2:  12 – 18 months
Ducks 3: 18 - 24 months
Ducks 4/5: 24 – 31 months

This program provides a fun learning environment while providing opportunities for experiences in getting wet, water balance, breathing skills, kick and arm actions, going underwater, staying afloat and water safety. Parent education focuses on supervision, water awareness, reducing water risks and establishing a positive attitude towards safe behaviour around water.

Minnows - from 2.7years

Minnows is a transition class progressing from the parent starting the term in the water with the child and at the Instructors advice gradually removing parents from the class. 

Skills taught and progressed through the Ducks program are;

Getting Wet is about entering the water safely using different entries appropriate for each motor development stage progressing towards encouraging safe independent entries and exits.

Keeping Balance provides experiences of body orientation and rotation skills which are vital for developing survival and mobility skills.

Breathing Skills develop confidence in getting the face wet, blowing bubbles and learning to submerge. Fun activities promote relaxation and breath control.

Kick and Arm Action activities promote kicking and paddling to develop basic propulsion skills. Initially, these skills will be rudimentary but as crawling, walking and running skills are gained on land, coordination of kicking and paddling skills will develop and become stronger.

Going Underwater is a gradual process encouraged as each child shows readiness to participate and initiate the skill themselves. Using simple cue words, actions and songs, this will create a fun and non-threatening environment to support the learning of this skill.

Staying Afloat activities focus on experiencing floating on the front and back. Learning to float is an important skill not only to progress to propulsion but is an essential survival skill for every child.

Water Safety is encouraged through emphasising the message 'always swim with an adult'. Introducing young children to a simple safety message early in their aquatic education establishes a positive attitude towards safe behaviour.

Preschool program - 3 to 5 years old

The preschool program builds and develops the basic foundation skills in swimming, survival and water safety and encourages a positive attitude towards learning the required skills.

  • Starfish
  • Clownfish
  • Seahorse
  • Jellyfish
  • Goldfish
  • Octopus

Entry and Exit Skills teach children to safely and confidently enter and exit the water using a range of basic techniques.

Breathing and Underwater Skills develop breath control and relaxation when submerging the face and body in the water, which in turn builds confidence.

Survival Skills include initial experiences using flotation aids for support in deep water whilst demonstrating personal survival and self-preservation skills required for an emergency situation.

Floating and Sculling Skills encourage independent floating on the front and back and basic sculling skills to propel the body in a range of directions.

Movement and Swimming Strokes encourage the development of kicking and arm movement skills, basic independent mobility and working towards elementary swimming strokes.

Water Safety Education focuses on the simple messages of never swimming alone, calling for help if in trouble and understanding basic pool rules to support water safety.

School Age Classes - 5years and above

This program is a swimming and personal water safety program that develops skills across the following areas;

Swim and Survive Active is a swimming and personal aquatic survival program that is aligned to the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework and develops skills across the following areas:

Entries and Exits Skills teach children to determine the safest entry and exit method for a range of aquatic environments.

Floating and Sculling Skills enable children to gain mobility in the aquatic environment and are vital skills for developing swimming and survival skills.

Movement and Swimming Strokes develops efficient and effective stroke technique and the ability to adapt the strokes to suit the conditions of the environment. Fitness and endurance increases through the progression of levels.

Survival and PFD Skills includes the teaching of survival techniques and strategies for a range of emergency situations, including the use of personal flotation devices.

Underwater Skills assist in building vital confidence in the water. Relaxation and good breath control are developed to increase swimming endurance.

Rescue Skills equip children with the required skills to perform a range of rescues depending on the emergency situation, the environment and prevailing conditions.

Water Safety Knowledge develops an understanding of a range of swimming and water safety issues that underpins safety in and around the water.

Junior Lifeguard Club (need to have achieved stage 9)

The Junior Lifeguard Club offers a unique aquatic alternative for those who love the water, want to be challenged and want more than just lessons.

The Junior Lifeguard Club provides opportunities for children to keep interested and active in aquatics, especially quick learners and those caught between levels and programs. It's a fantastic opportunity to further develop swimming skills at the same time as developing new and challenging lifesaving skills.

This program is an alternate to traditional assessment checklist based programs, where participants learn the skills required for pool lifesaving and is based on personal best achievement.

To join the Junior Lifeguard Club it is recommended that you have passed stage 9 as a minimum.

The program is designed for anyone to participate meaning friends can join together, even if they are of different ages or abilities.

Junior Lifeguard Club


  • Need to have achieved stage 7. Squad is a program designed to increase fitness, distance, stamina and provide stroke corrections. 
  • Students are encouraged to obtain personal bests and to further developed their swimming skills in a fun environment.

Mini Squad

Need to have achieved Stage 4 and be able to complete 25 meters of freestyle without assistance.

Adult Lessons

Would you like to learn to swim? The Bay of Isles Leisure Centre is able to provide Adult beginner classes – For further enquiries please contact the Swim School office 90831 703.

Bronze Medallion Course

The Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion is recognised as the minimum standard for a qualified lifesaver. This course will enhance your personal survival skills while providing you with the knowledge and skills to develop the level of judgement, technique and physical ability required to safely carry out water rescues. Many workplaces recognise the Bronze Medallion qualification and can be highly desirable for employment. Having gained this qualification individuals are eligible to complete the Pool Lifeguard Award. For further enquiries please contact the Swim School office 90831 703.


The Bay of Isles Leisure Centre hosts the Education Department's VacSwim program during the school holidays.

Enrolment into the program is directly through the Education department. 

VAC Swim

When you come for your VacSwim lesson, students and spectators must pay pool entry.

Enrolment and Upcoming Dates