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Children's Swimming Lessons Sydney

Swim Classes for Kids, Babies & Infants

Are you a parent who wants to ensure your child's safety around water?

At the Y NSW, we understand that swimming is a life-saving skill and an enjoyable activity for children. Our expert swimming instructors create a nurturing environment where kids can learn and have fun while building confidence in the water. With a well-structured curriculum and a focus on safety, we aim to turn your child's aquatic journey into a memorable experience they'll cherish forever.

The Y NSW has been teaching kids to swim for over 50 years across Sydney, and our experienced and qualified instructors will ensure your child is getting the best possible start in their swimming journey. With classes available for all ages and abilities, there's sure to be a perfect class for your child.

Did you know that parents, guardians and carers can apply for discount vouchers for each school-enrolled child in their care aged 4.5 to 18 years? We are an approved Active Kids provider - redeem your voucher here. We are also an approved First Laps provider - learn more.

Get ready to plunge into this exciting journey with us and discover how our swimming lessons can make a splash in your child's life!  

Benefits of Swimming Lessons for Children

Swimming is a fundamental life skill; learning to swim early can give children a strong foundation for a healthy, active lifestyle. Swimming lessons also offer many other benefits, including:

  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased physical fitness and coordination
  • Enhanced social skills and teamwork
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Teach children essential water safety skills

Types of Swimming Lessons Offered by the Y NSW

At the Y, we believe that all Australians need skills to keep them safe on our waterways. Progress through our swimming lesson levels as you gain confidence and develop skills.

For babies and toddlers aged from six months onwards, we offer Aqua Babies classes that help to introduce them to the water in a fun and safe environment. These classes focus on building confidence and developing basic swimming skills like floating and kicking.

From three years old, children can move into our Tadpole, Goldfish and Flying Fish classes, where they will learn more advanced swimming techniques such as freestyle and backstroke. These classes also help to develop water safety awareness.

School-aged kids aged five years and older can move onto our Octopus, Sardine, Salmon, Tuna, Dolphin and Shark classes, which aim to teach children how to swim confidently and safely in various situations. These classes cover everything from basic stroke techniques to survival skills, such as what to do if caught in a rip tide.

What to Expect When Signing Your Child Up for Swimming Lessons

When you sign your child up for swimming lessons at the Y, you can expect a nationally accredited comprehensive program to teach them the skills they need to be safe in and around water.

Our experienced and certified instructors will work with your child to help them develop a strong foundation of swimming skills, including how to stay afloat, move through the water, and exit the pool safely. We also strongly emphasise water safety, so your child will learn important information such as to never swim alone, do not enter head first unless in a pool that has a safe diving area, and that everyone has to obey the lifeguards' directions.

Why Choose Our Swimming Lessons

Our swimming lessons prioritise your child's safety and learning experience above all else.

a) Experienced and Certified Instructors: Our instructors are highly qualified, certified, and experienced in teaching kids of all ages and abilities. They use innovative teaching techniques to ensure children enjoy learning while mastering essential swimming skills.

b) Safe and Nurturing Environment: Safety is our top priority. Our pools have modern safety features, and all our instructors are trained in CPR and first aid. We create a supportive and nurturing environment where children feel comfortable and encouraged.

What to bring:

  • Children aged three and under must wear a swim nappy at all times in the water.
  • Swimming goggles and caps are optional.
  • Parents must remain within the centre during the lesson.
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Children six years and under must be within arms reach of a parent or guardian. Patrons aged 14 years and under must be actively supervised by a responsible adult at all times

Enrol Your Child in Swimming Lessons Now

The Y NSW's comprehensive swimming lessons for children from six months onwards is a great program for children to learn how to swim safely and confidently.

Enrol your child in our swimming lessons today, and watch them embark on a journey of aquatic exploration, joy, and safety. Our expert instructors and nurturing environment will ensure that your little ones become skilled swimmers and cherish their time in the water. Let's dive in together!

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Learn to Swim Customer Portal

The Learn to Swim Customer Portal allows families to:

  • View your child’s skill progression
  • Update personal details such as contact information and billing details
  • Mark children as absent with as little as 3 hours’ notice prior to your lesson
  • Book make-up lessons 2 days in advance (*Direct Debit customers only)

How to videos


For any questions regarding booking via our Learn To Swim Portal, refer to these FAQs.

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