Learn to swim

Learn to Swim classes are available for all ages and abilities: infants, preschoolers, primary school, teenagers, squad swimming, adults.

Ages 6 to 36 months

Infant: (Wonder 1–3) 

A water familiarisation program for infants aged between six and 36 months.

Parents or carers join their child in this class to support the learning process and enhance water safety, confidence and water familiarisation.

Aquatic awareness and survival skills are essential for all children. You and your child will be introduced to the water in a playful and secure environment.

Infants will learn through fun activities, songs and water play:

  • breath control through techniques such as blowing bubbles
  • floating, paddling and propulsion through the water
  • water familiarisation and confidence.

Ages 3 to 5 years

Preschool: (P01-P03) 

As independence and confidence grows, your child will participate in these classes without you. The maximum number of students per class is four. Courage is the water confidence component of the Swim and Survive program. Courage is fundamental to the development of basic foundation skills in swimming, survival and water safety, as is a positive attitude towards learning these essential skills. Swim and Survive Courage guides children through fun and safe activities, gradually building on their breathing, floating and movement skills—supporting and encouraging independence.

Ages 5 to 14 years

Primary: (01–07) 

With an increase in confidence, competence and endurance, children aged 5–14 years develop a lifelong appreciation for swimming and water safety.

The maximum number of students per class is five.

Teachers assess and progress children through the program based on their individual ability. Active level is used to emphasise that the skills learnt in the program not only save lives, but provide a foundation for participation in a range of aquatic recreation, fitness and sporting activities. Swim and Survive Active is a broad and balanced program teaching a range of skills and knowledge to develop:

  • swimming technique
  • water safety
  • survival and basic rescue skills.

With an increased focus on stroke development, the active level encourages children to have a healthy respect for the aquatic environment.

Pre-squad and junior squad

Pre-squad (08) and junior squad (09)

Squad swimming is not just about swimming laps. It's about a complete training program to help develop strong and capable swimmers. This program is designed to enhance stamina and endurance in the water, to continue the development of stroke efficiency and to expand on existing swimming skills.

For more information, see Squad programs


Adult classes are held at both Gisborne Aquatic Centre and Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre subject to interest and availability.

Please call the Centres for further information and costs. 

Class times

Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre

Infant and Preschool

  • Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12pm


  • Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm
  • Saturday from 9am to 12pm

Gisborne Aquatic Centre

Infant and Preschool

  • Monday to Sunday from 9am to 12pm


  • Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 12pm

Note: the above times are an indication of when particular class levels are held at each Centre. Due to the constant nature of children enrolling in classes, it is impossible to display individual class availability. Contact the Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre on (03) 5421 1477 or Gisborne Aquatic Centre on (03) 5421 1452 to discuss your child's individual class needs.


Lessons are $18.00 per lesson. The method of payment is direct debit - class fees will be deducted from your nominated account on a fortnightly basis.

Invoices or accounts will not be issued.

For more information, or to book your child’s free swim assessment, contact our Learn to Swim Administrator in Gisborne on (03) 5421 1452 or in Kyneton on (03) 5421 1490.

School programs

From swim carnivals to aquatic education and survival skills, we can tailor a program to suit the needs of your school.

Primary and Secondary schools can participate in an essential and valuable swimming and water safety program allowing students to develop their swimming skills and to gain knowledge and understanding of water safety.

Our school programs are led by qualified and experienced instructors who engage students in a range of aquatic activities, water safety and personal survival skills. 

If you are looking for an integrated component to your PE program, a place for a fun excursion, a session on water safety and survival skills or a venue for your swimming carnival, please contact your local aquatic Centre.

Intensive swimming program

Continual learning is extremely beneficial for your child and will help fast track their progress. During the school holidays we offer an intensive swimming program.

These classes are for children aged three years and above. The intensive program runs over five consecutive days with a 30 minute class held every day Monday to Friday at a cost of $90.

Bookings can be made at the Centre prior to school holidays commencing. Call the Learn to Swim Administrator in Gisborne on (03) 5421 1452 or in Kyneton on (03) 5421 1490 for further details and enrolment.

To find out your child's class level and times, or for more information contact your local Centre: