Swimming

Swimming

Encourage your kids to develop confidence in the water, learn about safety and sharpen their skills!

We believe every child should have the ability to safely enjoy the aquatic environment and the opportunity to learn an essential skill that will remain with them for life.

Our dedicated team will create a supportive and engaging environment for every student, incorporating professionally developed lesson plans, designed to nurture your child’s journey along the aquatic pathway.

About:

Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre offers a variety of swimming options across its programs and booking spaces.

Our comprehensive Swim Program is registered with Swim Australia, delivered by AustSwim and Senior First Aid qualified instructors; while our Squads are delivered by senior industry professionals, dedicated to helping your child to become the best aquatic athlete they can be.

Learn to Swim Programs:

Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre offers Learn to Swim Programs to all ages. Depending on the age and current swimming capability (assessed from a specific age by a qualified Swim School Supervisor) of your child, they will be placed in either an age or capability appropriate class to help them learn about water safety and develop their core swim skills in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.

The following Learn to Swim classes are available based on your child's current age and swimming capabilities.

Infants Program (6 months – 3 years old)

ProgramAbout /Key Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Fairy Penguin

6 - 18 months

30-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday mornings, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Class taught with the assistance of a parent/guardian in the water
  • Strong focus on water confidence, water safety and establishing the basic of water familiarization including breath control
Maximum 8 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

No assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Emperor Penguin

18 months - 3 years old

30-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday mornings, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Class taught with the assistance of a parent/guardian in the water
  • Class focuses on water familiarization, water safety and confidence whilst introducing foundation swimming skills in line with children’s developmental capabilities at this age, including breath control
Maximum 8 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

No assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Starfish

2.5 years old - 3.5 years old

30-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday mornings, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Class taught with the assistance of a parent/guardian in the water
  • Building confidence in the pool through water familiarization
  • Working toward swimming  independently
  • Establishing correct swimming body position and breath control
Maximum 8 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

No assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Pre-School Program (4 years old and under)

ProgramAbout /Key Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Guppy

3.5 - 4 years old

20-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday mornings, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Building confidence in the pool through water familiarization
  • Working toward swimming independently
  • Establishing correct swimming body position and breath control
3 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

No assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Sea Dragon

3.5 - 4 years old

30-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday mornings, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Perfecting swimming body position with kicking and underwater arm action
  • Confidently back floating and kicking independently
  • Breath control skills extended
4 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

No assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

School-Age Program (5 years old and older)

ProgramAbout / Key Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Turtle Beginner

5 years+

30-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday afternoons, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Building confidence in the pool through water familiarization and breath control
  • Working toward swimming  independently
  • Establishing correct swimming body position
4 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

No assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Turtle Advanced

5 years+

30-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday afternoons, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Perfecting swimming body position with kicking and underwater arm action
  • Confidently back floating and kicking independently
  • Breath control skills extended
4 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Platypus

School Age Children

30-minute classes

Available 7-days a week

Available Monday to Friday afternoons, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Introduction of Freestyle and Backstroke
  • Building core strength and body awareness with butterfly kick and side kick
5 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Crocodile

School Age Children

30-minute classes

Available Monday to Friday afternoons, Saturday all day and Sunday morning

  • Continuing Freestyle development with introduction of correct bi-lateral breathing
  • Continued Backstroke development
  • Emphasis on building fitness and strength
  • Beginning stages on breaststroke kick taught
5 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Teen Program (10 years old and older)

ProgramAboutKey Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Teen Start

10 years+

30-minute classes

  • Establishing a stronger skill set around freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke in a group of students of a similar age
  • 2 x 12-metre bilateral freestyle
  • 2 x 12-metre backstroke
  • 12-metre breaststroke kick with feet turning out
6  students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Teen Transition

10 years+

45-minute classes

  • Further develops teenagers skills in preparation for squad and performance programs
  • Prior swimming experience required
  • 50 - 100-metre bilateral freestyle with 6 beat kick
  • 50 - 100-metre backstroke with 6 beat kick
  • 50-metre breaststroke with correct timing
  • 25 - 50-metre butterfly with correct timing
  • Turns and starts
8 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Stroke Development (open to all ages)

ProgramAbout / Key Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Seal

All ages

30-minute classes

  • Technique improvement of Freestyle and Backstroke
  • Breaststroke formally introduced
  • Introduction of correct starts, turns and finishes
  • Endurance and stamina continues development
6 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Dolphin

All ages

45-minute classes

  • Technique improvement of Freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke in preparation of squad swimming
  • Butterfly introduced with the use of Fins (equipment brought by swimmer)
  • Developed training skills including pace clock reading, turns, starts and finish and set reading
7 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Squads:

The Macquarie University Swim School Squad Program encourages three pathways for students to continue swimming and while teaching fundamental skills for personal development and growth. The pathways include development, competition and recreation.  Please scroll through the options to find out more.

Development Squads

SquadDurationSessions Per Week

Mini Squad

45-minutes

1-Session Per Week

Teen Transition

45-minutes

1-Session Per Week

Emerging Squad

1-Hour

2-Session Per Week

Competition Squads

SquadDurationSessions Per Week

Novice Squad

1-Hour 15-minutes

4-Sessions Per Week

Intermediate Squad

1-Hour 30-minutes

5+ Sessions Per Week

Advanced Squad

2-Hours

6+ Sessions Per Week

Recreational Squads

SquadDurationSessions Per Week

Teen Squad

1-Hour 15-minutes

Up to 4-Sessions Per Week

SwimFit

1-Hour

Casual

Masters Squad

1-Hour 30-minutes

3-Sessions Per Week

As your child or teenager grows and progresses through the skill levels, they will eventually join the grownups in our adult swimming programs. They may also join Macquarie University’s Swim Squad and participate in training.

If you would like to know further details on the squads or request an assessment. Please contact swimming@mq.edu.au or click through to learn more about squad training here.

Private Lessons and Lap Swimming:

Private lessons are offered to all age groups and the teacher is there to cater to your children's specific needs. 30-minute lessons are available for booking at the Swim School desk.

If you're interested in lap swimming and lane availability, please click through to our lap swimming page.

We offer private for learn to swim lesson during a School Holiday Intensive Program. Please keep an eye on our website for more information on this program leading into school holiday times.

During off peak time regular private lesson may be arranged to cater for specific needs. Please email the swim school to discuss specific requirements which will be discussed with the Swim School Supervisor staff.

Private lessons are open to all age groups. Private lessons are only to be booked in conjunction with the Swim School Supervisor.

How to Book Your Class/Manage Your Membership:

Current Members:

Current members can log in to the WarriorWeb Members' Portal to manage their current membership and bookings.

New Members:

New members are required to visit the Swim School desk located at the foot of the indoor 25-metre pool.

Contact Us:

Have a question or query you feel hasn’t been answered? Would you like to know more? Contact us on 9850 9408, email us at sportprograms@mq.edu.au or send your enquiry to this page. Need an answer right away? Why not try the LiveChat feature in the bottom right hand corner of this page. We have a representative on standby ready and willing to help!



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