Learn to Swim

Lake Mac Swim Centres deliver fun and affordable Learn to Swim programs that will teach your child the life-long skill of swimming, so they can be comfortable, strong and happy in the water.

We teach children water safety skills as well as learning to swim. Class ratios are within recommended guidelines and your child will participate in classes suitable for their age and aquatic competency. 

Book a FREE assessment for your child today!   Our Learn to Swim term program is available at our CharlestownWest WallsendSwansea and Speers Point Swim Centres.

To enrol in Learn to Swim, your child will need to be assessed by our staff.

To book a Learn to Swim assessment, please call the Swim Centre you wish to enrol with. 

Coming soon: From the mid-late July 2022 you will be able to book your Learn to Swim Assessment via our Customer Portal 'My Swim'.

IMPORTANT DATE -  Learn to Swim lessons for Term 3 commence on Monday 18 July 2022.

 

Term schedule

To fit into most children's school routines, we run our swim terms in alignment with school terms. Our term schedule offers a variety of lesson times, available on weekdays and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Lessons range from 30-45 minutes, depending on class level.

 

2022 term schedule

Term 1 - Monday 24 January to Saturday 9 April (11 weeks)

Term 2 – Tuesday 26 April to Saturday 2 July  (10 weeks)

Term 3 – Monday 18 July to Saturday 24 September (10 weeks)

Term 4 – Monday 10 October to Saturday 17 December (10 weeks)

Excluding public holidays

 

2023 term schedule

Term 1 - Monday 23 January to Saturday 8 April (11 weeks)

Term 2 - Monday 24 April to Saturday 1 July (10 weeks)

Term 3 - Monday 17 July to Saturday 23 September (10 weeks)

Term 4 - Monday 9 October to Saturday 16 December (10 weeks)

Excluding public holidays

Pricing

Our term program is $14 per lesson paid in term blocks. If you book and start mid-way through the term, the cost of the term will be adjusted according to how many weeks are remaining. If you book in for two or more lessons, the cost is $12 per lesson, paid in term blocks.

We do not run Learn to Swim on public holidays and your term payments are adjusted accordingly.

Eligible parents, carers and guardians can use their Active Kids voucher or First Laps to contribute to the cost of Learn to Swim at Lake Mac Swim Centres. For more information or to obtain a voucher, visit sport.nsw.gov.au. Find out more about Lake Mac Swim Centres Active Kids Program(PDF, 354KB).

Financial assistance payment plans are also available to approved applicants.

Class levels

Starfish

starfish- LTS creature

This is an infant and parent/carer class

Age guide: 6 months to 2 years

Class objectives:

  • Water awareness & familiarisation
  • Education for carers
  • Confidence, water enjoyment
  • Survival skills (introducing breath control)     

Jellyfish

jellyfish-LTS creature

This is an infant, parent/carer and instructor class

Age guide: 2-3 years

Class objectives:

  • Child is preparing to be in the pool without a carer
  • Develop independent movement between carer and instructor
  • Can understand instructions and wait for their turn
  • Survival skills (child to pull themselves out of the pool).

Turtles

turtle- LTS creature

This is an infant, parent/carer and instructor class

Age guide: 3-5 years

Class objectives:

  • Independently float on back
  • Independently swim 5 metres with head down and eyes in
  • Survival skills (survival sequence)

Penguins

penguin- LTS creature

Age guide: 3-5 years

Class objectives:

  • Swim 7 metres freestyle with side breathing
  • Swim 5 metres backstroke
  • Survival skills (submersion activities)
  • Introduction to diving

Crocodiles

crocodile - LTS creature

Age guide: 5+ years

Class objectives:

  • Independently float on back
  • Swim 5 metres with head down and eyes in
  • Swim 5 metres backstroke 
  • Survival skills (submersion activities)
  • Introduction to diving

Seals

seal- LTS creature

Age guide: 5+ years

Class objectives:

  • Swim 10 metres freestyle with side breathing
  • Swim 10 metres backstroke 
  • Swim 5 metres butterfly (extension)
  • Survival skills (treading water)
  • Diving confidence (extension)

Dolphins

dolphin -LTS creature

Age guide: 5+ years

Class objectives:

  • Swim 15 metres freestyle 
  • Swim 15 metres backstroke
  • Survival skills (introduction to rescues, treading water endurance)
  • Swim 10 metres butterfly (extension)
  • Do a breaststroke kick (extension)
  • Diving (extension)

Marlins

marlin-LTS creature

Age guide: 5+ years

Class objectives:

  • Swim 25 metres freestyle with correct technique
  • Swim 25 metres backstroke with correct technique
  • Swim 25 metres breaststroke with correct technique
  • Swim 25 metres butterfly with correct technique
  • Competitive skills (starts, turns, finishes)
  • Survival skills (demonstrate rescues)

School holiday intensive programs

Our school holiday intensive programs are run as one-week intensive blocks during each school holiday period. Book into a five-day program for one, two or three weeks and watch your child improve over the course of just one week. Reinforcing the skills gained in Learn to Swim classes each day helps your child retain information quicker.

Lessons run for 30 minutes and bookings are made for the same time each day for one week.

Our intensive program is $12 a day, paid in full for the five-day program before the lesson.

Our Instructors

Our instructors hold either AUSTSWIM (Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety) qualifications or qualification with the Australia Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (Swim Australia Teacher).

We have teachers with specialised qualifications in infant and pre-school aquatics, adult learning, access and inclusion and competitive strokes, to ensure your family has the best possible learning experience. In addition to professional qualifications, all Lake Mac Swim Centres program staff receive intensive in-house training to ensure that classes are delivered in accordance with our lesson plans, on-time and to the high standard expected at our centres.

Instructor photo

 

 

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