Swimming is a life skill. Enrolling your kids in lessons is all about education and teaching them a skill that one day might save their life.

The sad truth…
Between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015, 271 people drowned in Australian waters. Children under five are the age group that is most at risk of drowning and the majority occur in and around the home, most commonly in home swimming pools.
These statistics are a confronting reminder for parents to be vigilant by remembering a number of simple guidelines:
– Active adult supervision around water
– Making sure home pools are properly fenced
– Taking children to water familiarisation classes and swimming lessons

The good bits…
5 reasons your children should learn to swim:
– Lessons provide your kids with confidence, which is great for self-esteem
– Your child will learn about water safety in and around water
– Swimming is a great way to exercise
– Earlier development of physical skills including hand-eye coordination and muscle tone
– Enhances social and personal skills
Swimming lessons are also extremely beneficial for children over the age of five as it enhances their knowledge of safety around water as well furthering their skills and stroke development.
The good news too is that generally from the age of about three, the parents and carers don’t need to get in the pool. Until then, be the champion that puts your child’s safety first and jump in that pool!

Below are some of the places in Adelaide you can enrol your kids into Learn to Swim programs. Most starting from the age of 6 months right up to squad swimming. Click each venues website for more information.

Largs Bay & Seaton Swim Centres

Largs Bay & Seaton Swim Centres are a family owned and operated swim centres. We have indoor, heated 25metre pools and modern change room facilities.
We run swimming lessons seven days a week, our swim centre offers lessons to students of all skill levels and ages.
Babies from the age of two months are welcome to join our complimentary Aqua Tot classes before moving to the regular Waterbabies classes at four months old.
All our instructors are qualified, experienced and, most importantly, passionate about passing on this essential life skill to children and adults alike. We focus on developing water confidence as well as stroke technique in a fun and caring environment.

Facebook  @seatonswim
Instagram @largsbayswimcentre

A holiday event that guarantees to entertain and inspire your children!

Holiday Swim is a Royal Life Saving Society South Australia initiative bringing affordable and educational swimming and water safety lessons to pools and inland waterway locations across Metro and Regional South Australia since the 1950’s. The aim of the program is to teach children critical life saving skills and basic swimming skills, to equip them with the knowledge to stay safe in, on and around the water.

The aim of keeping the program affordable, is to reach families and communities that might otherwise miss out on the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons, and as we approach the busy Summer months now is the time to equip them with the knowledge to save a life.

The program will be returning in December 2023 and January 2024 with the newly adapted Royal Life Saving Swim & Survive program.

Royal Life Saving also offer pathways into the aquatic industry with their ICONIC Bronze Awards. The Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross , Award of Merit and Distinction levels are designed for those wanting to further their knowledge and skill set, before moving into the aquatic industry as Lifeguards and Swim Teachers within the local communities.

$40.00 per child (additional pool entry fees may apply)
5 days (may vary based on location)
5yrs+ 45 minute lessons
Under 5’s 30 minute lessons



ProSwim specialises in teaching infants, children and adults, to learn to swim.
Their friendly, experienced and qualified instructors are committed to teaching you and your children to become competent swimmers and to develop a love for the water in a comfortable learning environment. Their two pools at their Plympton location are heated to a lovely 32 degrees, which makes swimming all year round, a breeze.
Younger kids will start in the learners pool where they can learn to swim with the confidence of being able to touch the bottom.
Once basic skills have been developed, children progress through the levels into the main pool, where they extend their swimming ability and improve on endurance and technique in the water. On completion of Dolphin level, children will be confident and competent swimmers.
ProSwim also offer FREE classes for babies aged 4-6 months. This class focuses on infant holds, gentle conditioning in preparation for breath control and floating on the front and back.

Instagram @proswimadelaide
Phone 82768622

Swimming Lessons at YMCA | The Parks Recreation & Swimming Centre

YMCA Swimming Lessons at The Parks help your child build healthy habits and safe water practices. As an Austswim Recognised Swim Centre, you can rest assured that your child will receive the best aquatic education available with nationally accredited swimming instructors.

Lessons offer flexibility for parents including no lock in contracts, convenient make up lesson policy and students have unlimited access to the pool outside of lesson time.

Learn more and book: https://www.parksrsc.ymca.org.au/swimming-lessons

Purruna Spencer Newton Centre Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons at the new Purruna Spencer Newton Centre at Scotch College are taught by nationally accredited swimming teachers and deliver lessons to children, providing children with the skills to be confident around water for life.

The program allows children to develop their skills and they are continually assessed at each level and provided a certificate upon completion.

The Purruna Spencer Newton Centre is a newly built $27m facility that offers an exceptional aquatics experience, including a 25m lap pool, program pool, spectator seating, and modern change room facilities.


VACSWIM 2023/24

VACSWIM is South Australia’s most renowned summer holiday program running in December 2023 and January 2024! The iconic program provides children aged 3 to 12 years with opportunities to develop a range of skills and positive experiences in relation to water safety. VACSWIM teaches confidence and competence in the water, personal survival, and basic aquatic emergency procedures – these are skills for every season.

Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) is thrilled to be centrally managing and administering South Australia’s Government subsidised and endorsed summer holiday water safety program. VACSWIM is a critical part of South Australia’s DNA with its outcomes an integral part of SLSSA’s vision as we work towards ‘Zero preventable deaths in South Australia’s waters.’

Delivered as 5-day blocks, the lessons are conducted by qualified Instructors in controlled environments across metro and regional South Australia. Located at over 100+ locations including pools, beaches, lakes, and rivers – children are encouraged to participate in as many blocks at as many different locations as they would like. Each level is structured to ensure a progression in swimming and water safety skills for a lifetime of safe participation in aquatic activities giving children confidence in and around the water.

Skills for every season, you never know when you’ll need them!
Enrol in the iconic program now at: www.vacswimsa.com.au/enrol
Website: www.vacswimsa.com.au Facebook: @vacswimsa Instagram: @vacswimsa

Swim School at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre

Don’t wait until summer comes back around, get your kids confident in the water with Adelaide’s trusted local Swim School at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre

When your kids learn to swim at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre they will:

🏊 Enjoy swimming in indoor pools heated to 31 degrees
🏊 Be taught by Swim Australia certified instructors
🏊 Learn the skills they need to stay safe around the water
🏊 Make new friends and have fun
🏊 Have FREE access to the Centre all year-round

Lessons are just $21.75, and when your family reaches three paid lessons a week, you’ll save another 10%. Join the thousands of parents across Adelaide who have seen their children reap the benefits of swimming lessons at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

Enquire now: www.adelaideaquaticcentre.com.au

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