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.

Swim School at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre

As a South Australian, being by the water is a part of our childhood. From pool parties to picnics on the beach – kids are constantly by the water. That’s why it’s important for your kids to learn to swim.
When your kids learn to swim at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, they will learn the skills they need to stay safe around the water while making new friends and having loads of fun. As their skills grow, they move through the ranks, tackling bigger and better challenges, and growing their confidence in the water. Plus, they’ll receive FREE access to the Centre year-round.
Join the thousands of parents across Adelaide who have seen their kids reap the benefits of small classes with Swim Australia certified instructors at Adelaide’s trusted local swim school.


Salisbury Recreation – Learn to Swim

Learn to swim program incorporates progressive levels combining knowledge, skills and understanding for age appropriate development of water safety and swimming. Our program caters for Infant through to adults.
Belgravia Leisure promotes access and inclusion and is NDIS approved with private lessons available.
Rec SA $100.00 Sports Vouchers are accepted for all school aged children.

Enquire today call 08 8286 0900 or email salisburyrp@belgravialeisure.com.au

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 2021 and January 2022 with the Royal Life Saving Swim & Survive program.

• $35.00 per child (additional pool entry fees may apply)

• 5 days (may vary based on location)
o 5yrs+ 45 minute lessons
o 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

Blue Dolphin Swim Centre | Happy Valley

At Blue Dolphin Swim Centre, we know that as a parent you only want the best for your child. This is why we go above and beyond to provide our children with a program that allows them to build life skills, confidence and a feeling of accomplishment.

By enrolling your child into our school you’re giving them this invaluable experience. In return you will receive a sense of pride with each and every achievement they make. This is why our mission statement is “building happy, healthy, confident kids”

We encourage everyone to come and experience our award winning centre for themselves, please contact our friendly team to organise your child’s complimentary session today.
Ph 8322 6566 or email info@bluedolphinswim.com.au


Swimming Lessons at YMCA | Various Locations around Adelaide

The YMCA offer Swimming Lessons at some of the best and largest metro and regional pools in South Australia, including at The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre. For more than 50 years the YMCA has been teaching South Australian’s of all ages to swim, inspiring children to develop a lifelong love of the water. Our lessons are designed for the unpredictability of kids with no lock-in contacts and unlimited access to the pool outside of lesson times, and our dedicated Safety Weeks make learning fun, empowering kids to put their skills to the test through guided exercises.

As an Austswim recognised Swim Lesson Provider, you can rest assured that your child will receive the best aquatic education available with nationally accredited swimming instructors. Visit the website to learn why you should choose the Y.


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


VACSWIM is South Australia’s most renowned summer holiday program! It provides pre- and primary school aged children 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.

Surf Life Saving South Australia is thrilled to be centrally managing and administering South Australia’s only 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 our 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. Located at school pools, public and private pools, beaches, and lakes, 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 on swimming and water safety skills for a lifetime of safe participation in aquatic activities. The outcomes of these activities are underpinned by the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework [1], giving children confidence and around the water.

Enjoy, learn, and thrive with the iconic VACSWIM program by enrolling now at www.vacswimsa.com.au

Reference [1] Royal Life Saving – Australia (2019), National Water Safety Framework, Australia, Sydney.

You might also be interested in

  • /ləːn/ verb: gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught.

  • pro swim adelaide

    ProSwim is an SA owned and operated business that specialises in teaching babies, children and adults to learn to swim in a comfortable learning environment. The friendly and professional instructors are all qualified, first aid trained and committed to teaching you and your children to swim, regardless of age or ability. ProSwim strongly believe in the benefits of exposing infants to water, so much so, that they offer FREE infants classes from 4-6 months. As well as Learn to Swim Programs, ProSwim also offers Aqua Aerobics (including mums and bubs aqua), Public Lap Swimming, School Holiday Programs and Pool Parties. ProSwim is located indoors at Plympton Park and our pools are heated to a beautiful and warm 32 degrees. SWIMMING LESSONS Classes are run: Monday-Thursday 3.30pm -6pm Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 9am - 11am Saturday 8.30am - 12pm Cost: FREE for 4-6 months $74-$79 per month for all other classes. Discounts apply for upfront and Direct Debit payments Catch up classes: So long as we are notified of your absence, you will be issued with a catch up class Catch up classes can be done at any time, so long as you are financial and we have spaces available There are no expiry…

  • The Adelaide Gaol is one of the oldest remaining colonial public buildings in Adelaide and is the site of some of the State's more interesting, grisly past. Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called the Adelaide Gaol their home. The Adelaide Gaol housed some of the state's most notorious and dangerous criminals. Almost 300,000 prisoners whiled away some time at His (or Her) Majesty's pleasure, and 45 unfortunates were executed within its walls - including the only woman to be executed in South Australia. Approximately 300,000 prisoners passed through the Gaol during its working years and 45 people were executed. Their bodies are buried within the grounds of the Gaol. The first public hanging took place in November 1840 while the site was still under construction. Opening times10am - 4pm - 7 days a weekLast entry for self-guided tours is at 3.00pmClosed Good Friday and Christmas Day Entry feesAdult $14.50 | Child $9 | Concession $12.50Family (2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children) $35 For more information visit www.adelaidegaol.org.auGaol Road, Thebarton

Looking for something?

Generic filters




Baby Bunting


Love to Dream