Swimming lessons have wrapped up for the season

We are not currently taking any new bookings for school-age swimming lessons at North Melbourne Recreation Centre. The summer season will start late October 2023 - we look forward to welcoming you back then! 

School-age swimming lessons with the Y teach stroke and skill development, water safety, and personal survival. We also focus on physical, intellectual and personal development.

In the school-age program, we teach your child swimming, water safety and basic rescue and survival skills that can save lives. Your child will establish a lifelong appreciation for safe activity in the water and learn vital survival skills not just for the pool, but for rivers, lakes and the ocean.

Children will learn to:

  • develop and refine their swimming strokes;
  • cooperate with and respect others in an aquatic environment;
  • make safe and sensible decisions and solve problems in and around water.

Our swimming teachers

All of our teachers hold nationally accredited swimming teacher and water safety certificates. They have current CPR certificates, Working with Children Checks and have training in safeguarding children and young people.

School-age swimming levels

Your child will progress through the program levels based on their ability, which is assessed by our swimming teachers. Below is an overview of some of the skills your child will learn in each level.


Class size: five to six students

  • Kick on front and back
  • Paddle and kick
  • Torpedoes
  • Treading water
  • Introduction to freestyle and backstroke


Class size: six students

  • Jump entry and deep water recovery
  • Kicking on front and side breathing
  • Introductory whip kick
  • Backstroke, freestyle and torpedoes
  • Floating, sculling and treading water
  • Duck diving


Class size: six to eight students

  • Kneeling dives
  • Step-in entry and recovering
  • Freestyle and backstroke (12 metres)
  • Introductory survival backstroke
  • Introductory breaststroke kick


Class size: six to eight students

  • Stride entry
  • Freestyle and Backstroke (25 metres)
  • Survival backstroke (25 metres)
  • Breaststroke (12 metres)
  • Forward somersaults
  • Crouch diving


Class size: seven to eight students

  • Freestyle and backstroke (50 metres)
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke (25 metres)
  • Tumble turns
  • Dolphin kicks
  • Sidestroke
  • Shallow diving


Class size: seven to eight students

  • Feet first surface dives
  • Freestyle and backstroke (100+ metres)
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke (50 metres)
  • Butterfly
  • Endurance swims
  • Clothed swimming survival sequences

Squad training and performance programs

We offer squad programs for confident swimmers who have progressed past Tuna level. These programs will vary, however may include Fitness Squads and Club Development Squads.

Fitness Squad is ideal for children who want to continue training for fitness, while Club Development Squad is perfect for those who want to transition into competitive swimming.

Fitness Squad

Class size: eight to ten students

  • For confident swimmers who want to swim in a fun, non-competitive session
  • Continues to improve swimming technique
  • Continues to improve endurance and fitness
  • Students must have completed Shark level to transition into this squad 

Club Development Squad

Class size: eight to ten students

  • For confident swimmers who want to transition into a Swim Club program
  • Continues to improve swimming technique, including stroke refinement
  • Focuses on increased endurance and speed
  • Prepares students for competitive swimming by teaching sprints, starts, turns and finishes, as well as competition rules

  • Prices

    Please see the current prices for swimming lessons below.

       Price per lesson Fortnightly direct debit
    Standard rate $18.40 $36.80

    Payment for our swimming lesson membership is taken fortnightly by direct debit, with the total cost spread out across the season in equal payments. This minimises the cost impact to families and ensures your membership is easy to maintain.

    No lock-in contracts – simply provide 14 days' written notice to cancel.

    We review our prices each year.

  • What benefits do swimming lessons members receive?

    Swimming lessons members receive:

    • one swimming lesson per week;
    • unlimited pool access for the student, along with a supervising parent - great for practise or play;
    • unlimited pool access to the City of Melbourne pools during operating hours;
    • certificates for each level of the program achieved. 
  • What should I bring to school-age swimming lessons?
    • Swimwear for your child
    • Towel
    • Goggles (highly recommended, but not essential)
    • Swimming cap (optional)
    • Warm, dry clothes for after class
  • What are your safety requirements?

    To provide a safe environment for your child, parents / carers must:

    • come to the edge of the pool at the start of the lesson and directly hand over your child to the teacher;
    • be present and visible on the pool deck at all times (if your child is under the age of 10);
    • come to the edge of the pool at the end of the lesson and collect your child;
    • only take photos in the pool area with prior arrangement (never in the changing room area);
    • follow the Watch Around Water policy for active child supervision at all times. 
  • Are school-age swimming lessons accessible for all?

    Yes. If a group setting is not an appropriate learning environment for your child, we can develop swimming lessons on request to cater for children with varied needs. This may be in a small group setting or a 1:1 class, depending on the needs of the child.

How to enrol in swimming lessons with the Y

When we open for the summer season, you will be able to enrol in swimming lessons online. For help with online enrolments please see our 'How to enrol in swimming lessons online' guide below.

Not ready to enrol online?

If you're not ready to enrol and would like to find out more about our swimming lessons, please submit an enquiry form. A member of our friendly team will be happy to answer your questions.
  • How to enrol in swimming lessons online

    To enrol your child or someone who you are a guardian for:

    1. Create Responsible Person/Guest Account
      • Visit the online customer portal
      • Select 'Swimming Lessons'
      • Select 'Create Free Guest Account'
      • Select 'Next'
      • Complete your (the responsible parent/guardian) details
      • Select 'Create account'
      • Select 'Customer portal' to be taken to the swimming lessons timetable

    2. Add a student
      • You should be automatically directed to the swimming lessons timetable (if you cannot see the timetable select 'Book' and 'Swimming Lessons')
      • In the top right select the 'Add a student'
      • Complete the student details

    3. Determine your level (students must complete a level assessment to enrol in a day and time)
      • Select the 'Swimming Lessons' category to start the self-assessment
      • Answer questions
      • Your level will be assigned
      • Select 'Next' to receive confirmation that you student account has been created
      • Select 'Select day and time' to be taken to the swimming lessons timetable for your allocated level

    4. Enrol into your class day and time
      • Search and select your class day and time (these will be filtered to your allocated level)
      • Select 'enrol now'
      • In the pop-up window, select 'enrol now' for the student you wish to enrol in this class

    5. Make payment
      • Select your payment plan
      • Complete the agreement of terms and conditions
      • Select your preferred payment method (bank details or credit card/debit card) for your contract and select 'Next'

    Payment methods

    Please note, the details you enter will be linked to your contract for all future payments. You can change your payment details in the future using your online customer portal.

    Bank details

    • Enter your bank details
    • You will be taken to the payment gateway to make your initial payment which will need to be made by a credit/debit card
    • Make payment

    Credit/debit card

    • Enter your credit/debit card details
    • Make payment
    • Contract confirmation

    You will receive an email confirming that you are now a member with your contract attached.

    Visit us to collect your membership access card and ask us any questions you may have.

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