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Our programs are for all ages and abilities, teaching valuable water safety skills, developing techniques and preparing participants for competitive swimming.

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Learn to swim

Infant aquatic and learn to swim program

Infant aquatic and learn to swim programs are available at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Palm Beach Aquatic Centre.

Our centres provide aquatic programs for infants through to adults of all ages and ability and are designed to:

  • teach valuable water safety skills
  • develop techniques, and
  • prepare participants for competitive swimming.

Structured programs are delivered by AUSTSWIM qualified instructors Monday to Saturday all year round with small class sizes to ensure quality tuition. One-on-one lessons are available on request.

Water safety week – 9 to 14 November 2020

Each term, the learn to swim program at Gold Coast and Palm Beach Aquatic Centres participates in water safety week.

Water safety week is a specialised program where our beginners through level six students participate in a number of skills that focus on safety techniques in and around the water.

Please note that learn to swim lessons this week all have a water safety focus. Students are not required to wear goggles and must bring additional clothing to swim in.

Water safety week is free, as part of your enrolment in the learn to swim program.

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Infant aquatic program

This four stage program is a fun and friendly introduction to the aquatic environment for infants from four months.

Participants will become confident and water safe while learning basic skills and safe entry and exits to the pool.

Learn to swim program

Catering for ages three to 12 years, the six-level learn to swim program develops water safety skills, breathing control and the correct techniques in all four swimming strokes.

Lessons are fun and instructors encourage participants to understand why they are learning certain skills and milestones achieved throughout their progression.

Fees and charges

The table below outlines the lesson fees and charges for the infant aquatic and learn to swim program.

There is an administration fee of $22 per student when enrolling in the program.

A discount of 20 per cent is applicable to the second and subsequent sibling that is booked into a lesson each week. The discount is applied to the sibling with the least amount of lessons booked in a week.

Type of lesson Direct debit per fortnight Paid in full per lesson
One lesson per week $38 N/A
Two lessons per week $64 N/A
Three lessons per week $88 N/A
Casual lesson N/A $20
Private lesson (30 minutes) $51 per lesson $51
Private lesson (60 minutes) $77 per lesson $77

Frequently asked questions

What are the Aquatic Centres learn to swim locations and can I come for a tour?

The City of Gold Coast operates two learn to swim programs located at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at Southport and the Palm Beach Aquatic Centre. For a tour of our facilities, contact centre reception and one of our team members will take you on a tour of our facilities and explain enrolment options available.

What are the operating hours?

Learn to swim lessons run Monday to Saturday all year. Gold Coast aquatic centres are open every day except Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day. Hours vary between summer and winter months and differ between venues. For a full list of operating hours by venue visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/citypools

I would like to enrol in learn to swim. What do I do next?

Contact our centre reception teams to book an assessment. While the assessment is free, normal pool admission fees and charges apply. Once the student has been assessed, they will be allocated a class level appropriate to their ability. Our team will discuss enrolment, payment options and class availability with you and assist with the necessary forms. As part of your enrolment, you will be given a welcome pack containing a swim cap, your key tag and the learn to swim terms and conditions.

How much does learn to swim cost and what are the payment options?

Learn to swim fees are in accordance with the City’s regulatory and non-regulatory fees and charges which can be found at cityofgoldcoast.com.au. 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 ($22) per student is payable before the first direct debit payment takes place. There is a 20 per cent discount for the second and subsequent siblings. Lesson fees per student are shown in the table below:

Number of students One lesson per week Two lessons per week Three lessons per week
Student 1 $19.00 $32.00 $44.00
Student 2 $15.20 $25.60 $35.20
Student 3 $15.20 $25.60 $35.20

Does the parent or carer of a learn to swim student have to pay pool entry to watch?

Pool entry is free for the parent or carer who brings the student to their lesson.

What is the minimum age?

The minimum age for learn to swim is four months.

What do I need to bring with us to lessons?

Appropriate swimwear, goggles and the swim cap provided as part of your enrolment must be worn at lessons. Babies and toddlers will need to wear swim nappies or elasticised swim pants to prevent any accidents in the pool. We ask that you bring a water bottle to keep the student hydrated and a towel and warm clothes for after their lesson.

Can students swim before and after their lessons?

Students can swim in public access areas of the centre before and after their lessons. Access to the learn to swim pool is limited to the allocated lesson time only.

How will I know when the student is ready to progress to the next level?

Our instructors monitor students progression on-going and will notify the learn to swim coordinator when they are confident they are ready for an assessment. Assessments are conducted regularly within scheduled lesson time and you will be notified on completion of their progression to the next level. It is beneficial for students to practice swimming outside regular lesson times and those that do tend to progress faster. Our centres also provide learn to swim intensive programs during school holidays - instructors can advise you of these dates.

What happens if the student is unwell?

To ensure the health and safety of other students, we are unable to instruct students who are unwell. This includes any student who displays an elevated temperature, diarrhoea or vomiting, body rashes or lesions and nose, ear or eye discharges. If the student becomes unwell during a lesson, we will ask you to remove them from the pool and request they not return to lessons until 24 hours after symptoms have ceased. Refer to the Queensland Health guidelines on exclusion periods for infectious conditions.

What happens if the student is going to be away or needs to miss a lesson?

Make-up lessons are only available if all the fees are current and up to date. To be eligible for a make-up lesson, you must advise the centre 24 hours in advance of the absence. They must be booked and attended within two weeks of the advised absence. Make-up lessons are non-transferrable and non-refundable and once booked, cannot be rescheduled. Two make-up lessons are available every 12 weeks per student.

Can I suspend my enrolment?

All suspensions must be requested in writing using the suspension form with a minimum of two weeks’ notice. Suspensions are available for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of six weeks. For any suspension over two weeks, a suspension fee of $5.30 per student applies. A total of three separate, non-consecutive, two-week debt-free suspensions are redeemable per student every 12 months. For more information see the learn to swim terms and conditions.

What happens if I need to cancel my enrolment?

All cancellations must be submitted using the cancellation form giving two weeks’ notice. All outstanding make-up lessons must be redeemed prior to cancellation as they are not redeemable or refundable after the cancellation date. Casual lessons or holiday intensives are unable to be rescheduled or refunded.

What if I lose my key tag?

Access key tags are issued to all members and must be presented each visit. Should you not have your tag for three consecutive visits, you will be charged a $10.20 replacement fee for a new key tag. If you lose your key tag, call the centre to let the reception team know.

Do you have child care?

There is a crèche available at our Gold Coast and Palm Beach Aquatic Centres that caters for children from 12 weeks to six years of age. As long as you are a current centre member, pass holder or have your child enrolled in an aquatic program, you are able to use the crèche. Bookings are essential and fees are additional to your membership and must be paid in advance of using the crèche.

Is free parking available at Gold Coast aquatic centres?

At Palm Beach Aquatic Centre there is two hours free parking available. At Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, free parking within the precinct is limited and allocated to certain centre memberships in accordance with the City’s approved fees and charges. Refer to Gold Coast Aquatic Centre parking terms and conditions.

Booking enquiries

For more information or to book an assessment, contact our centres on:

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