Learn to Swim programs for infants, children and adults are taught at the Footscray Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre Swim School.

Our experienced, qualified teachers conduct all classes.

We keep our classes small to provide the best opportunity for learning.

    Child at VU swim school

    Swim school membership

    Your membership includes:

    • access to a wide range of classes taught by experienced instructors
    • make-up classes
    • free access to the pool during opening hours.

    Costs

    All costs listed are in Australian dollars and are per class.

    Class Full fee Concession/VU student or staff discount
    Infant and children $19.80 $18.25
    Senior swim and survive $22.75 $21.50
    Adult beginner $28.70 $28.70
    VU students can apply for subsidised swimming and water safety lessons
    Adult intermediate $28.70 $28.70
    Adult private lessons $82 per hour (currently unavailable) $82 per hour (currently unavailable)

    Monthly direct debit

    Payments will be deducted on the first business day of each month from your chosen bank account. The amount debited will be the sum of the total number of lessons in the month.

    You will not be charged for:

    • lessons that fall on a public holiday (excluding Labour Day)
    • the school holiday period, but you are welcome to attend the pool during this time.

    Once you have enrolled your booking will be ongoing until you:

    • are ready to move up a level
    • decide to change the day for the lesson
    • cancel your membership.

    Cancellations

    To cancel your membership please complete a cancellation form or email [email protected] 5 working days prior to the end of the month to stop the next month’s direct debit. 

    Please speak to our friendly reception staff to request a cancellation form.

    Learn to swim in our 25-metre heated swimming pool.

    Swim school term dates

    Term dates

    • Term 1: 25 January – 1 April
    • Term 2: 14 April – 28 June
    • Term 3: 13 July – 20 September
    • Term 4: 5 October – 20 December

    Public holidays

    Lessons will not run on public holidays. Please note that Labour Day is not a University holiday and classes will run as scheduled.

    Classes will not run on:

    • Friday 1 January (New Year's Day)
    • Tuesday 26 January (Australia Day)
    • Friday 2 April (Good Friday)
    • Sunday 4 April (Easter Sunday)
    • Monday 5 April (Easter Monday)
    • Sunday 25 April (ANZAC Day)
    • Monday 14 June (Queen's birthday)
    • Friday 24 September (Friday before AFL Grand Final)
    • Tuesday 2 November (Melbourne Cup)
    • Monday 27 December (Christmas Day)
    • Tuesday 28 December (Boxing Day).

    Infant water familiarisation

    Water familiarisation classes for infants are a great way to introduce your child to water through fun and games.

    • 6–12 months – A water familiarisation class for infants 6–12 months. A parent or guardian is required in the water for the duration of the class.
    • 12–24 months – A water familiarisation class for infants 12–24 months. A parent or guardian is required in the water for the duration of the class.
    • 2–3 years – A water familiarisation class for children 2–3 years of age. A parent or guardian is required in the water for the duration of the class.
    Baby happy in water, held by woman

    Children's swim school

    Children's swim classes are held seven days a week.

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria within this level:

    • Identify where water can be found around the home
    • Identify safe areas for entering and exiting the water
    • Enter and exit the water
    • Float on front and back using buoyant aid
    • Orientate the body using rotation with buoyant aid
    • Kick on front and back using a buoyant aid
    • Glide on front and back
    • Move 3 metres continuously using arms and legs
    • Submerge the body and exhale in the water
    • Identify people who can help in an emergency

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria within this level:

    • Identify dangers in aquatic environments around the home
    • Slide in entry and exit
    • Float on front and back and recover
    • Tread water using a buoyant aid
    • Fit a life jacket and float
    • Glide on front and back, kick and recover
    • Swim 5 metres basic freestyle
    • Submerge to recover an object from chest deep water
    • Identify different ways to get help
    • Be pulled to safety with an aid
    • Float with a buoyant aid for 30 seconds and kick to safety

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria within this level:

    • Identify rules for safe behaviour in and around home aquatic environments
    • Fall in entry and recover
    • Float on back for 30 seconds
    • Tread water for 30 seconds
    • Swim 10 metres freestyle with breathing
    • Swim 5 metres backstroke
    • Swim 5 metres survival backstroke kick
    • Swim through a submerged obstacle
    • Identify people and actions to help in an aquatic emergency
    • Be rescued with buoyant aid
    • Perform a survival sequence to simulate an accidental entry

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria in this level:

    • Identify aquatic environments
    • Step in entry
    • Float on front and back in deep water and recover
    • Orientate the body using rotation skills
    • Swim 15 metres freestyle
    • Swim 15 metres backstroke
    • Swim 10 metres survival backstroke
    • Swim 10 metres breaststroke kick
    • Surface dive and recover an object from shoulder deep water
    • Recognise an emergency and call for help
    • Perform a talk rescue

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria in this level:

    • Compact jump
    • Head first and feet first sculling
    • Float, scull or tread water wearing a life jacket
    • Swim 25 metres freestyle
    • Swim 25 metres backstroke
    • Swim 15 metres survival backstroke
    • Swim 15 metres basic breaststroke
    • Reach rescue using a rigid and non-rigid aid
    • Perform a survival sequence with buoyant aid

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria in this level:

    • Identify and describe hazards in aquatic environments
    • Stride in entry
    • Float, scull or tread water for 1 minute
    • Swim 50 metres freestyle
    • Swim 50 metres backstroke
    • Swim 25 metres survival backstroke
    • Swim 25 metres breaststroke
    • Swim 10 metres dolphin kick
    • Complete a survival sequence
    • Throw a rescue aid

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria in this level:

    • Understand and follow safety rules for aquatic environments
    • Dive in entry
    • Enter and exit the water in a range of environments wearing light clothing
    • Float, scull or tread water for 2 minutes and signal for help
    • Swim 75 metres freestyle
    • Swim 75 metres backstroke
    • Swim 50 metres survival backstroke
    • Swim 50 metres breaststroke
    • Complete a survival sequence
    • Throw a rescue aid 10 metres

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria in this level:

    • Explain water safety signage
    • Fit a life jacket whilst in the water
    • Swim 100 metres freestyle
    • Swim 100 metres backstroke
    • Swim 75 metres survival backstroke
    • Swim 75 metres breaststroke
    • Swim 15 metres sidestroke
    • Tumble turn
    • Rescue initiative scenario

    Students will work towards achieving the following criteria in level 9:

    • Explore how to participate safely in a range of aquatic activities
    • Perform the HELP technique for 2 minutes
    • Swim 150 metres freestyle
    • Swim 100 metres backstroke
    • Swim 100 metres survival backstroke
    • Swim 100 metres breaststroke
    • Swim 10 metres butterfly
    • Swim 25 metres sidestroke
    • Wade rescue
    • Perform a survival sequence wearing a life jacket
    • Understand and assess a range of aquatic risk
    • Perform a huddle position for 2 minutes
    • Swim 200m freestyle
    • Swim 200m continuously
    • Swim 10 metres butterfly
    • Swim 50 metres sidestroke
    • Perform a survival sequence in a group

    Intensive swimming program

    During the school holidays we have an intensive swimming program. Each child takes part in a 30-minute class daily Monday to Friday. Continual learning is extremely beneficial to help your child to build and progress skills quickly.

    The next intensive swimming program will be held 12–16 April.

    School holiday sports program

    Looking for some school holiday fun? Encourage your kids to get active at our school holiday sports programs.

    Young girl enjoying swim classes at VU

    Adult learn to swim

    We offer beginner, intermediate and intensive swimming lessons for adults.

    Beginners

    We are proud to provide Learn to Swim programs for Victoria University students.

    Classes will be $5 per session for the first 40 Victoria University students who apply, thanks to SSAF funding.

    You will receive 45-minute swim classes at the Footscray Park Aquatic Centre to learn how to be confident in water. You'll learn the basics, including water safety, stroke techniques, and survival skills. Classes are designed for beginners with little or no water experience.

    Lessons offered:

    • Monday 6.30–7.15pm
    • Wednesday 7.15–8pm
    • Thursday 6.30–7.15pm
    • Saturday 11.45am–12.30pm
    • Sunday 12.15–1pm

    Choose one lesson time for the term. Free access to the pool outside of lesson times is included in the Swim School membership.

    Enrol today by email: [email protected]

    Intermediate adult class

    The intermediate class is designed for adults with some swimming experience who want to focus on stroke technique and stamina.

    Lesson times

    • Monday, 7.15–8pm
    • Thursday, 7.15–8pm
    Adult learning to swim at Victoria University

    We offer a range of swimming lessons to suit you.

    Make a Swim School booking

    New student enrolments

    You can make a booking online, or in person during the pool opening hours at the VU Aquatic and Fitness Centre Reception, Building L, level 0 of the Footscray Park Campus.

    You can book online for:

    • April intensive
    • weekly classes
    • adult program

    Book online

    Pool opening hours

    From February opening hours are as follows:

    • Monday - Thursday: 6am - 10.15am and 3.30pm - 8.45pm
    • Friday: 6am - 10.15am and 3.30pm - 7.45pm
    • Saturday: 8am - 2.45pm
    • Sunday: 9am - 2.45

    Enjoy free access to the pool outside of lesson times.

    Inflatable obstacle course

    The inflatable obstacle course is open on selected days during school holidays.

    Hire our 18-metre inflatable obstacle course and make your next swim more challenging and fun!

    Cost during opening hours Cost outside of hours
    1 hour: $217.30 1 hour: $253
    2 hours: $282 2 hours: $317.75
    3 hours: $347 3 hours: $382.75

    Please contact [email protected] or phone +61 3 9919 4460 to enquire about hiring the obstacle course.

    Alternatively, download the hire form and email to [email protected].

    18m inflatable obstacle course for hire

    Contact us

    Information is available in person from the Footscray Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre reception, Building L, level 0.

    Further details or bookings contact:

    Reception: +61 3 9919 4460

    Email: [email protected]