Help your child establish a lifelong appreciation for safe activity in the water, and learn vital survival skills not just for the pool but for rivers, lakes and the ocean.

In the school-age level of swimming lessons, the focus is on physical, intellectual and personal development in the water.

Children will progress through the levels as they achieve each set of assessment criteria and learn to:

  • develop and refine swimming strokes
  • build endurance and swimming strength
  • cooperate with and respect others in an aquatic environment
  • make safe and sensible decisions and solve problems in and around water.

Our swimming teachers

All of our teachers hold nationally accredited swimming teacher and water safety certificates. They have current CPR and first aid certificates, and have training in safeguarding children and young people.

 

Program levels

Teachers assess and progress children through the program levels, based on their individual ability.

Level
Working towards
Octopus
Ages: Over five years' old
Class size: Six
  • Push and glide
  • Kick on front and back with aid five metres
  • Paddle and kick
  • Torpedo three metres
  • Treading water
Sardine
Ages: Over five years' old
Class size: Six
  • Jump entry into deep water and recover
  • Kick on front with aid and side breathing 10 metres
  • Kick on back 10 metres
  • Backstroke, freestyle and torpedo five metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for 30 seconds and signal for help
  • Duck dive
Salmon
Ages: Over five years' old
Class size: Seven
  • Seated dive
  • Step in entry and recover
  • Freestyle and backstroke 12 metres
  • Survival backstroke with aid five metres
  • Breaststroke kick with aid five metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for one minute
  • Duck dive, swim underwater for three metres and recover object
Tuna
Ages: Over five years' old
Class size: Seven
  • Stride entry
  • Freestyle and backstroke 25 metres
  • Survival backstroke 25 metres
  • Breaststroke kick with breath 12 metres
  • Forward somersault
  • Crouch dive
Dolphin
Ages: Over five years' old
Class size: Eight
  • Compact jump
  • Freestyle and backstroke 50 metres
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke 25 metres
  • Tumble turn
  • Dolphin kick and sidestroke 12 metres
  • Shallow dive
Shark
Ages: Over five years' old
Class size: Eight
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Freestyle and backstroke 100 metres
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke 50 metres
  • Butterfly 15 metres
  • Sidestroke 25 metres
  • Using combination of strokes 400 metre swim
  • Clothed swim, flat, scull and tread water for five minutes, remove clothes and swim for five minutes
Teen swim
Ages: Over 12 years
Class size: 10 students
  • For teens who have not had formal swimming lessons during their primary school years
  • Provides an introduction to swimming through to any level
  • Focuses on building confidence in the water
  • Buoyancy and flotation techniques, kicking
  • Introduction to strokes and refinement of technique
  • Focuses on improving swimming distance

 

Traralgon Swimming Club

Swimming lesson students have the opportunity to get involved in competitive swimming through our pathway into the Traralgon Swimming Club. 

Students who have achieved a minimum level of Tuna can transition into our 'Club ready' classes which provide a dedicated environment to prepare young swimmers for the club environment with experience in:

  • increased endurance
  • increased speed
  • clock and timed swimming 
  • race starts, finishes and turns.

Our swimming teachers and coordinators will work alongside the swimming club team to ensure a smooth transition.

Swimming lessons information

  • Enrolment
    To register your interest in swimming lessons, fill in the enquiry form
  • Fees and payment
    Fees are paid fortnightly by direct debit. No lock-in contracts. 14 days written notice are required to cancel.

    Swimming lesson membership includes weekly lesson and access to the pools for the student and supervising adult at any other time - great for practice!
      Fortnightly direct debit
    Concession fortnightly direct debit
    Infant swimming lessons $27.40 $20.60
    Preschool swimming lessons $28.80 $21.60
    School-age swimming lessons $30.20 $22.60
    Adult swimming lessons $30.20 $22.60
    Fees effective 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021.

    All centre fees and charges undergo an annual pricing review.

    Make-up lessons for missed classes are available to those who register their non-attendance prior to the class commencement time.

    Suspensions are permitted for medical reasons only on presentation of a medical certificate.
  • Program and safety requirements
    • Bring swimwear, towel and goggles if required (recommended, but not required) and warm, dry clothes for after class
    • Parents of infant and preschool classes should bring swimwear to provide support to their child in the water if needed
    • Infants must be at least six months old
    • Infants/toddlers in nappies must wear aqua nappies that are tightly fitted around the thighs (available for purchase in centre)
    • Parents of all children lessons should come to the edge of the pool at the start of the lesson and directly hand over your child to the teacher
    • Parents of infant classes must remain in the pool at all times
    • Parents of preschool classes should watch the lesson 
    • Parent/guardians over children under the age of 10 years must be present and visible on pool deck at all times
    • Parents of all children lessons should stay as close as possible to the lesson (for example, by sitting in the chairs around the pool)
    • Parents of all children lessons should come to the edge of the pool at the end of the lesson and collect your child from the teacher
    • Photos are only allowed in the pool area with prior arrangement (never in the change room area) - and always have full consent
    • The Watch Around Water policy for active child supervision must be followed at all times

For more information, see our swimming lessons FAQ page

Frequently asked questions
  • Watch Around Water Policy Information

    YMCA Victoria is a Watch Around Water endorsed aquatic safety organisation. The following information is the new watch around water policy launched in centre from 1 September 2019.

    Watch Around Water is a set of industry guidelines outlining the minimum supervision requirements of young children at all affiliated aquatic venues.

    Children under 5 years old

    All Children MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and supervised within arms’ reach, at all times in the water.

    All children MUST wear a pink wristband supplied by GRAC staff to help identify their age while swimming.

    Children will not be admitted without a full fee paying parent/guardian who must also be in the water at all times. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds the ratio of 1:2 (effective September 1 2019).

    Children under 10 years old

    All Children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18. All children MUST be actively supervised by an adult over the age of 18 at all times. The adult must have a clear and active view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them (this includes tech and devices).

    All children MUST wear a yellow wristband supplied by GRAC staff to help identify their age while swimming. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 10 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4.

    Birthday Parties

    All children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and handed over to the supervision of the birthday party leader (staff member).

    All birthday party participants must wear a BLUE wristband AND an age based wristband (pink or yellow) to identify their participation in a party (effective September 1 2019). The adult guardian of the birthday party child MUST remain accessible and actively supervise the group at all times.

    At the conclusion of the birthday party the child/children will remain in the supervision of the birthday party leader and supervising parent until physically handed over to their supervising parent/guardian.

    Visit the watch around water website

    For more information visit the Watch Around Water website.

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