Learn to swim

Let us take the hassle out of school holiday planning with our school holiday intensive program!

Our holiday intensive program will run across Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Pimpama Sports Hub from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June. Contact us today to secure your spot.

First lesson free, kids swim free

Enrol your child in swimming lessons and receive the first lesson free. Enrolled children can swim anytime for free!

Swim school locations

  • Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
  • Pimpama Sports Hub Aquatic Centre
  • Palm Beach Aquatic Centre (opening spring 2024)

Our program

Learning to swim should be an enjoyable, informative, and constructive experience, providing students with a lifetime of water and safety awareness skills that can be applied to any aquatic environment, especially living on the Gold Coast.

Our swim school aquatic program is run all year round, with small class sizes to ensure each individual gets the attention they deserve. With a friendly team of AUSTSWIM and Swim Australia qualified instructors, we're passionate about teaching all aspects of swimming, from water safety to stroke development, ensuring the best possible outcomes are achieved.

From group lessons, casual lessons, to one on one private lessons, our programs are suited to infants up to adults of all ages and abilities.

Find out more about the swim school programs we offer below.

View our fees and charges.

Little Ripplers (free for babies 3–5 months old)

Babies have a fascination with the water which starts early. After all, it's an amazing sensory experience for them full of sights, sounds, and the feel of water. Little Ripplers is the perfect way to explore your baby's curiosity in a safe and welcoming environment.

Located in our heated indoor learn to swim pool, this FREE program is filled with games, colour, and songs, covering fundamental skills that builds your child's confidence and awareness in the water. It's also a great bonding time for mums and dads in a fun and friendly social setting.

Children that start swimming early become more comfortable in the water, giving them the ability to learn quickly. By the end of the program, you'll be amazed by the skills and confidence your little one has developed, giving them a head start for the next stage of the learn to swim program.

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Infant aquatic program (6–36 months)

Infant aquatic program

The 3-stage infant program is a fun and friendly introduction to the aquatic environment from 6 months to 3 years.

We focus on conditioning infants to accept and feel comfortable in the water, introduce breath control and buoyancy skills, and further their mobility skills as they grow.

We aim to have infants comfortably submerging with propulsion throughout our program as well as understanding water safety skills.

Squirts, 6–12 months

Water introduction

Your tiny tot will be conditioned to the water through fun songs, activities, and the use of coloured toys. We'll introduce them to breath control through a variety of activities throughout the lesson, which will develop into submersions when ready, incorporating gripping skills. We will help develop floating skills so they feel comfortable and safe in the water on their back with feeling the water sensation over their ears.

Rockers, 12–24 months

Water familiarisation

Your toddler will learn how to hold their breath underwater for up to 5 seconds, possibly longer if lessons are consistent from a young age. Their mobility skills will increase and they will now be able to kick their legs on cue and exit out of the pool on their own. They'll be able to stay underwater for longer and will learn the underwater safety turn.

Wrigglers, 24–36 months

Water confidence

In this class, your toddler will develop strong mobility skills, extend their propulsion through the water, and have fun learning about blowing bubbles. We'll introduce them to using a kickboard, the swim out and flip to float technique as well as advancing their floating skills. This level prepares your toddler for a teacher child class when they are 3 years old.

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Learn to swim program (from 3 years)

Learn to swim program

Catering for ages from 3 years, our 7-level learn to swim program covers a diverse range of skills, focusing on water safety, independence, technique, and further development.

Throughout these levels, our instructors provide encouragement to ensure all participants are feeling safe and confident in order to progress their skills.

Breath control is a big focus on beginner levels, with buoyancy and mobility becoming the main focus as we concentrate on forming the correct technique in all four strokes.

  • Heated indoor and outdoor pools
  • Year-round program
  • Structured progression pathways
  • Small classes
  • Qualified instructors that care about your little one's success

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Learn to swim – Added benefits for you and your child

From Friday 15 September 2023, students enrolled in recurring learn to swim lessons at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre or Pimpama Sports Hub can swim for free anytime they visit. Better still, parents and guardians are eligible for discounted loyalty memberships to our Fitness Centres.

Learn to swim enrolment includes:

Stay and play – students can swim before or after their lesson, with attending parents or guardians entering the centre for free.

Free pool entry – to any pool including our kid-friendly splash zones. The accompanying parent or guardian is still required to pay adult entry fees outside of lesson times.

Discounted all-access loyalty membership – for parents or guardians. Save $200 compared to standard all-access memberships. To see the full benefits of the all-access membership, visit the Fitness Centres page. Loyalty memberships must be purchased in centre.

Fees and charges

The more you swim, the more you save.

Our learn to swim program offers discounts for multiple siblings and multiple lessons per week, meaning the more you swim, the more you save. See below for the lesson fees and charges for our infant aquatic and learn to swim program.

Payments are made in advance by fortnightly direct debit from a nominated bank account, credit or debit card.

Pro-rata lesson fees plus an administration fee of $24 per student are payable before the first direct debit takes place.

Private lessons are also available for $60 for 30 minutes and $95 for 60 minutes.

Lesson First Student Second student Third student
One lesson per week
(Fortnightly direct debit amount)
Two lessons per week
(Fortnightly direct debit amount)
Three lessons per week
(Fortnightly direct debit amount)

A discount of 20% is applicable to the second and subsequent siblings that are booked into a lesson each week, with the discount being applied to the sibling with the least amount of lessons booked in a week.


A comprehensive junior, senior through to adult squad program is available at Gold Coast Aquatic Centres. Programs are suitable for all abilities and cater for general fitness right through to competitive pool, surf and triathlon swimming.

The squad program is delivered by BE Swim Coaching. For information about swim squads, including squad timetables, visit BE Swim Coaching or call 0415 588 486.

Booking enquiries

Enquire now

For more information on our aquatic program, contact our centres:

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Phone: 07 5582 8282
Email: learntoswim@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Pimpama Sports Hub
Phone: 07 5581 7940
Email: plts@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Learn to swim instructors needed

Interested in joining our amazing team of swimming instructors? We have casual positions available at our Pimpama and Southport aquatic centres. Apply today