Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim

Parent and child and Preschool classes (6 months +)

Our infant programs are divided into four key stages that reflect the development characteristics of infant children such as motor, cognitive and personal skills. Each key stage provides a guide to appropriate teaching methods and their ability to engage in aquatic programs and to learn from them. The age categories form a useful basis for planning, grouping practices.

To enrol your child/ren in our Learn to Swim programs, please complete and submit the form on this page.

Parent and child age appropriate classes

Parent & child Level 1 6 - 12 months – offers a fun introduction to water with songs and water games, to feel comfortable in the water and to teach breath control in readiness for submersion.

Parent & child Level 2 12-18 months – gain the fundamentals of breath control, submersion, entries and exits. Kicking, paddling and floating are introduced in a fun way.

Parent & child Level 3 18-24 months–increase mobility, floatation, entries, exits and submersion independently.

Parent & child Level 4 24-30 months preparing your child to advance to a mainstream class without their parents in the water.

Preschool Classes (30 months to 5 years)

The swimming and water safety program aims to:

  • Encourage the development of a child’s confidence in the water by providing a wide variety of activities in a safe environment.
  • Increase your child’s awareness and understanding of the need for water safety by teaching appropriate skills and activities.
  • Encourage and develop swimming strokes and water skills which form the basis of recreational swimming and aquatic activities.
  • Encourage and develop survival skills.

Barker College Aquatic Centre caters for children from 2 1/2 years into learn to swim classes. If they have attended a series of Barker College parent and child classes and are familiar with the Centre and are willing to separate from their parents for the period of the lesson.

Private Lessons 2 ½ - 5 years (Preschool)

If your 2 ½ - 5 year old child is not familiar with the water, private lessons would be your first step. Toddlers who are being introduced to an aquatic program for the first time will not have the same knowledge of the aquatic environment as their peers with more experience. Children who have not experienced water familiarisation, if placed in a mainstream beginner class, will slow the class progression down in order for the instructor to cater for the needs of an absolute beginner. Private lessons help to build confidence, trust and water familiarisation.

Private Lessons (5 years – Adults)

Private swim lessons are offered to anyone who will benefit from a one-on-one, tailored to the individual and their specific needs. These lessons will be available at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

Fitness Program (Term Time Only)

The Centre offers 3 x 1 hour sessions for swimmers who have completed the advance stage of the learn to swim Transition level and who do not wish to pursue swimming as a sport and participate in development squads and club competitions. The emphasis is on swim fitness and stroke efficiency . This program is only offered during term time.

Adult Learn to Swim (All ages and all levels)

The Swim School conducts friendly and relaxed classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Learn to swim classes feature the development of water confidence, safety skills and basic strokes. Intermediate and advanced classes include stroke correction, breathing techniques and improved fitness.

Beginner:  This class is designed for swimmers who may have a fear of the water and are not confident to submerge. The aim is to develop water confidence and teach basic swimming skills.

Intermediate:  The aim of the class is for students to further develop their swimming strokes and start to establish knowledge on breathing techniques and arm strokes.

Advanced:  The aim of the class is for swimmers to develop stroke technique and distance with all swimming strokes.

Duration: 45 minute class


Learn to Swim Program Application Form

To enrol your child in our Swim@Barker program, please complete and submit this form. If your child has any medical conditions or health problems, please provide as much detail in the space below.

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