Baby Swimming Roadmap

Swim Schools

AUSTSWIM

Swim schools provide more specialised swimming instruction for all ages and are a great place to get your child swimming. Many schools provide the reassurance of registration with both AUSTSWIM and Swim Australia. Some even have their own custom-built pools.

How to choose a swim school

It’s important to choose a swim school where you’re going to get good quality instruction for your kids, and also a place where they are going to feel at ease with the instructors. There’s a lot to think about, so here are a few of the top things to check out both online and when you visit them in person:

  • Accreditations – AUSTSWIM and Swim Australia are the two main ones to look for
  • Quality of instructors – not all teachers are equal and some schools have structured ongoing teacher training programmes to make sure you’re children are getting the best
  • Safety – schools should have documented safety procedures and all instructors should be qualified first-aiders
  • Location – some schools have their own site, whereas others partner with local councils and aquatic centres to use their facilities
  • Range of courses for different age groups – not every school caters to infants and kids. If they do, the starting age is usually between 3 and 6 months
  • Water temperature – kids need warmer water than adults otherwise they get cold and tired more quickly. Often kiddie pools will be warmer than the main pool; look for a temperature around 30 degrees C for babies and infant swimming
  • Venue – finding a pool that’s close to home, is well maintained and has enough parking are all important factors. Other things to consider are change room facilities, showers and even snacks for afterwards
    You can also try:
  • Asking other parents who have kids at a swim school for their opinion
  • Try out a school for 1 or 2 lessons and see how it goes. Schools will often offer a free orientation class so that your child’s swimming skills can be assessed – this is your chance to get a sneak peak at the teachers and facilities

How to find an Australian swim school

Huggies have designed an Australian pool finder to match you with your closest pool location. Swimming schools can also be found by checking out the accreditation websites for listings of registered schools:
AUSTSWIM Swim School Locator
Swim Australia List of Registered Swim Schools

For more information see Learn to swim or Parenting .