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.

The health and safety of our staff and community is our highest priority. As a precaution, learn-to-swim classes have been cancelled from 18 March until further notice.

Our six Lake Mac Swim Centres closed on Monday 23 March in response to NSW Health advice to place tighter restrictions on non-essential services

We are partnered with Royal Life Saving and our levels work in conjunction with the 'Swim and Survive' program, which teaches children water safety skills as well as learning to swim.

Class ratios are within the recommended Royal Life Saving guidelines and your child will participate in classes suitable for their age and aquatic competency.

We offer Learn to Swim at our Charlestown, Swansea, West Wallsend and Speers Point Swim Centres.

Book a free assessment for your child

To enrol in Learn to Swim, your child will need to be assessed by our staff. This ensures your child is at the correct class level from their very first lesson. To book a Learn to Swim assessment, please contact the friendly staff at the Swim Centre you wish to enrol with.

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.

2019 term schedule

  • Term 1: On hold until further notice
  • Term 2: Monday 29 April-Saturday 6 July (10 weeks) - To be confirmed
  • Term 3: Monday 22 July-Saturday 28 September (10 weeks)
  • Term 4: Monday 14 October-Saturday 21 December (10 weeks)

Excluding public holidays


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 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.

Financial assistance payment plans are also available to approved applicants.

Class levels


Age guide: Six months to 2.5 years

Swim and Survive program levels: Wonder 1-3

This infant and parent class is a fantastic way for infants to experience the water and commence their learning of valuable, life-long water safety and swimming skills. Instructors provide guidance for parents on ways to hold your child in an aquatic environment and program through activities that facilitate your child's early aquatic learning in an atmosphere that is fun and stimulating.


Age guide: One to 3.5 years

Swim and Survive program levels: Wonder 4-5

Building on the techniques developed in the Starfish level, Jellyfish infants will learn to focus on increased independent swimming skills, including propulsion, floating and enhanced breath control. Gradual separation from parents within this class prepares your child for the next progression step of learning to swim on their own.


Age guide: 2.5 to five years

Swim and Survive program levels: Courage 1-3

This class allows children to develop water confidence and introduces basic swimming fundamentals such as blowing bubbles, submersion and propulsion through the water. Children are also taught survival skills including floating and treading water.


Age guide: 3.5 to five years

Swim and Survive program levels: Courage 4-5

Children will continue to refine their safety skills such as entries and exits, sculling and kicking. This class introduces freestyle technique and children will begin to learn breathing techniques for swimming.


Age guide: 5+ years

Swim and Survive program levels: Active D1-1

This class provides children with familiarisation of water and develops their confidence and knowledge of safety within aquatic environments. Children will learn breathing skills, floating and how to maintain body position during swimming strokes, as well as good streamlining technique.


Age guide: 5+ years

Swim and Survive program levels: Active D2-2

In this class, children will develop correct body position and breathing, and underwater skills such as streamlining and kicking, while swimming freestyle over distances of three metres. Instructors will also introduce children to safety equipment and survival techniques. Children are also taught survival skills including floating and treading water.


Age guide: 5+ years

Swim and Survive program levels: Active D3-3

Children will develop endurance in freestyle, swimming distances of up to 10 metres, and start learning backstroke skills, breaststroke and butterfly kick. This class further develops safety and survival skills and introduces safe diving.


Age guide: 5+ years

Swim and Survive program levels: Active 5-5

This class refines the strokes of freestyle and backstroke, and introduces breaststroke arms while continuing development or breaststroke kick. Children will increase endurance conditioning and enhance swimming technique over distances of 15m. Safety and survival skills are reinforced as children develop techniques and make adjustments when performing aquatic rescue scenarios.

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.