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.

Private lessons are also available for booking, as well as lap swimming within our heated indoor and outdoor pools.

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)

ProgramAboutKey Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Fairy Penguin

6 - 18 months

30-minute classes

  • Babies and Parents swim together
  • Involve song and games to make your child comfortable in the water
  • Water Familiarity
  • Water Confidence
  • Water Safety
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

  • Transition from Fairy Penguin class
  • Babies and Parents swim together
  • Involve song and games to make your child comfortable in the water
  • Water Familiarity
  • Water Confidence
  • Water Safety
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)

ProgramAboutKey Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Guppy

3.5 - 4 years old

20-minute classes

Available 7-days a week

  • Introduction to independent swimming
  • Water safety skills
  • No prior swimming experience required
  • Fall and recover on back
  • Reach and kick to wall
  • Climb up onto wall
3 - 5 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 7-days a week

  • Introduction to independent swimming
  • Water safety skills
  • Prior swimming experience required
  • 5-metre independent swimming paddle and kicking with pop-up breathing
  • 2-metre independent swimming recovery on back with a 10 second float
3 - 5 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)

ProgramAboutKey Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Turtle

5 years+

20-minute classes

Available 7-days a week

  • Build on existing water confidence
  • Water safety skills
  • Further develop independent swimming
  • 5-metre streamline kick blowing bubbles
  • 8-metre paddle and kick with pop up breathing
  • Back float and recover to platform
4 - 5 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Platypus

5 years+

30-minute classes

Available 7-days a week

  • Build on existing water confidence
  • Water safety skills
  • Further develop independent swimming
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  • 8-metre streamline with kicking
  • 8-metre straight overarm stroke (bubbling no breathing)
  • 8-metre back kick
4 - 5 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Crocodile

5 years+

30-minute classes

Available 7-days a week

  • Build on existing water confidence
  • Water safety skills
  • Further develop independent swimming
  • 2 x 8-metre bilateral freestyle (breathing and bubbling)
  • 8-metre backstroke
4 - 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

  • Further develops teenagers skills in preparation for squad and performance programs
  • No prior swimming experience required
  • 2 x 12-metre bilateral freestyle
  • 2 x 12-metre backstrok
  • 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)

ProgramAboutKey Skills LearnedClass to Teacher RatioHow to Book

Seal

All ages

30-minute classes

  • Improves on student's skills
  • Technique improvement
  • Body position
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Endurance
  • Prior swimming experience required
  • 2 x 12-metre bilateral freestyle
  • 2 x 12-metre backstroke
  • 12-metre breaststroke kick with feet turning out
6 - 7  students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Dolphin

All ages

45-minute classes

  • Improves on student's skills
  • Technique improvement
  • Body position
  • Introduction to Butterfly
  • Endurance
  • 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 (pull, kick, breathe, glide)
  • 25 - 50-metre butterfly with correct timing
  • Turns and starts
6 - 7 students per class

Bookings made at Swim School Desk

Must complete assessment

No suspensions

12-week minimum booking

Squads:

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.

Click through to learn more about our squad training at Macquaire University Sport and Aquatic Centre

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.

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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