Frequently Asked Questions


When is my child old enough to start swimming?
Our Parent Baby program starts at 4 months
Our Learn to Swim program starts at 3 years


When can I enrol my child?
We do not run by schoolterms, so you can enrol any time you want


What do I need to bring for swimming lessons?
For our Parent Baby classes: Swimming nappy for your baby, bathers and towels for both
For our Learn to Swim classes: Bathers, towel and goggles if your child wants to wear them. We do recommend getting them used to goggles because of the time the kids spend with their eyes in the water


What will my child learn in a Parent Baby class?
In our classes you will learn how to best hold your baby in the water. We want you and your baby to feel safe and comfortable. We will teach you how to get your baby to be ready to go under water on their own condition by using a submersion cue (baby’s name, ready go). We will never force you to do something you, or your baby, are not ready to do. We will work on their muscle development by encouraging them to “crawl” in the water and by doing plenty of rolling from their tummy to their back and on their tummy again. We also work on their fine motor skills by giving the babies different toys and textures every week to grasp, feel and bite. As your child get older, the skill set progresses to safe entries and exits, safe jumps, returning to safety unassisted, unassisted floats, retrieving objects in shallow water and short unassisted swims. A study done by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows that Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, when babies who have been taught to swim still outperform their peers!


When does my child move up to the next level?
We are not a term based program therefore your child we be assessed every week. When they complete the set skills as outlined on the continuum 3 consecutive lessons, they will move up to the next level


How often do I get a progress report?
You should receive a progress report every 8 to 10 lessons


What happens when my child can’t attend their swimming lesson?
If your child cannot attend because he or she is unwell, we require a medical certificate to add the missed lessons on to your package. Alternatively depending on which package you have purchased, you are entitled to a make-up lesson. This can be used in the event your child misses a class and we do not receive a medical certificate. These make up lessons are subject to availability and cannot be rescheduled


How long do classes go for and how many kids are in a class?
This depends on the level your child is in.
Parent Baby and Learn to Swim classes go for 30 minutes
Squad classes go for 45 minutes and Junior Lifeguard Classes go for 1 hour.
Parent Baby classes have a maximum or 8 children and 8 parents
Learn to Swim level 1 and 2 – maximum of 4 children
Learn to Swim level 3 and 4 – maximum of 5 children
Learn to Swim level 5 and 6 – maximum of 6 children
Squads (level 7 to 12) – maximum of 8 children
Junior Lifeguard is a maximum of 10 children per coach, with a maximum of 3 coaches


Can I change my day or time?
Of course you can – this is subject to availability and you can change within your package


What are the payment options?
We have 4 different package options, which are
Starter package – 5 lessons, no make-up lessons
Bronze package – 10 lessons, 1 make-up lesson
Silver package – 15 lessons, 2 make-up lessons + 1 free lesson
Gold package – 20 lessons, 3 make-up lessons + 2 free lessons
You need to pay upfront cash, EFTPOS or credit card. We accept all major credit cards excluding Amex and Diners


Why has my child been in level 3 or 4 for such a long time?
Level 3 and 4 are two of the harder levels in our swimming program. This is due to the introduction of 3 new strokes (full freestyle, full backstroke and full survival backstroke, with the introduction of basic breaststroke)


Can my child swim fortnightly?
Unfortunately our booking and time table structure does not allow for this. However you can do private lessons on a fortnightly bases. These need to be arranged with your specific center


Why is there a difference in levels between swim schools?
Each swim school has their own prerogative to implement their own program. However we believe that using the Royal Life Saving Society WA program, which has been used for over 20 years, provides the best swimming tuition for swimmers. It is also in line with the Western Australia Education Department swimming program, which most children will undertake in Primary School


How many lessons does my child need before he or she can swim?
This depends on your individual interpretation on what you believe a competent swimmer is. The Swim School WA believes that a competent swimmer is someone who has completed their Bronze Medallion (level 16). So there is no specific amount of lessons to be a competent swimmer as each child develops and progresses at a different rate