Get your baby comfortable in the water. There is a range of swim schools in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland which offer baby swimming lessons or water familiarisation classes which involve a parent or carer accompanying their child. It’s a great way to bond with your child as well as preparing them for learn to swim lessons.
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Swimming Lessons Newcastle
Arnold’s Swim Centre
Arnolds Swim Centre in The Junction offers a range of kids swim lessons. Group lessons are offered, starting with baby water awareness (babies 4 to 6 months) and baby swim classes (6 months to 2 years), in which parents are in the water. Baby swimming lessons are in the Mineral Magna Pool which is heated to 33 degrees Celcius. Kids can then enrol in Kindy, Beginners and Beginners. Children learn with their own body weight and not use floatation devices.
More information: Arnold’s Swim Centre website
This facility hosts swim lessons in multiple group sessions. Classes are available for children 6 months of age and older and all students are enrolled on a school term basis. Casual lessons are subject to availability during the term. A parent or carer is required in the water for both Aqua Babies (6 months – 15 months) and Aqua Tots (16 months to 2.5 years). Classes without a parent or carer commence from age 2.5. Classes are held at a variety of times from Monday to Sunday. Private lessons are available upon request. Pools are heated year-round. The 12.5 metre Program Pool is heated to 30 degrees while the 25 metre Training Pool is heated to 28 degrees.
More information: Swim Balance website
BlueFit offers a range of swim lessons at outdoor facilities at Lambton Pool, Mayfield Pool, Stockton Pool and Wallsend Pool from January to April and September to December. Infant programs are for babies and kids aged 4 months to 3 years with a focus on water confidence and safety skills. BlueFit Swimming has a specific focus on water confidence and the basic skills of swimming.
More information: BlueFit Swimming website
The Forum Swim Academy at the University of Newcastle (Callaghan Campus) offers baby swim lessons promoting water awareness and confidence. They teach without the use of floatation aids. Classes are available for children 6 months of age and older and all students are enrolled on a school term basis. A swim assessment is required for all new enrolments. Children aged under 2 don’t require an assessment and can booked directly into Yellow 1.
More information: The Forum website
Located in Adamstown, Mauro’s offers learn to swim classes for babies and infants. They offer year-round lessons in an indoor pool heated to 30 degrees Celcius. Classes are available for children 6 months and older. Starting class is for babies and infants (6 months to 3 years). In the classes for children under 12 months old, the focus is on water familiarisation, skills, and safety in the water. Children up to 3 years who show confidence and skill, will move into the ‘without parent’ class. Kids can progress through swimming lessons levels as they develop their swimming ability. Classes are offered during the week and on Saturdays.
More information: Mauro Swim Team website
Swimming Lessons Lake Macquarie
AquaStars located in Warners Bay specialise in small group swimming lessons and parent/child swimming lessons for infants, and toddlers. They offer lessons every morning and afternoon from Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Floatation aids like “back bubbles” or “arm floats” flotation aids are not used to teach students. The classes for Toddlers and children are very popular and have a maximum of three or four kids per class. Swimming classes are 7 days a week from Monday to Sunday in a purpose-built indoor swimming pool which is heated to 31 degrees all year round.
More information: AquaStars website
Coughlans Swim School
Couglans Swim School in Warners Bay offers a range of kids swim lessons. Group lessons are offered, starting with Parent and Baby classes (babies 4 months to 2/12 years). The group lessons look to develop essential water awareness skills in a fun and friendly environment with lots of singing and games! Classes are held in the hydrotherapy pool which is heated to 34 degrees celsius. Parent and baby classes are offered Monday to Saturday.
More information: Coughlans’ Swim School website
East Lakes Swim Centre
East Lakes Swim Centre located in Bennetts Green provides small group swimming lessons and parent/child swimming lessons for infants and toddlers. Classes start with the Aquatic Familiarisation class for children between 6 months and 2 ½ years old with parents accompanying their children in the water. This level Starfish levels aim to achieve basic aquatic skills, propulsive movements, good breath control, promotion of a healthy water confidence, preparation of detachment from parent in readiness for independent swimming. The program does not use flotation devices.
More information: East Lakes Swim Centre website
Jump! Cardiff provides small group swimming lessons in a heated purpose-built indoor pool. Babies 3 months and older can start at JUMP in Ducklings, the swimming early education baby class. This class consists of lots of songs, activities and games to make learning to swim fun for you and your child. As children develop their swimming levels, they progress up a level. The JUMP! program consists of 10 levels. This begins with an intensive babies’ program all the way through to stroke development. Classes are offered on weekday mornings and afternoons and on Saturday morning in a purpose-built indoor swimming pool which is heated to 32 – 33 degrees all year round.
More information: JUMP Cardiff! website
Lake Mac Swim Centres
Lake Macquarie City Council operates four pools with swimming lessons: Charlestown, Swansea, West Wallsend and Speers Point Swim Centres.
Lake Mac Swim Centres deliver fun and affordable Learn to Swim programs that will teach your child the lifelong skill of swimming, so they can be comfortable, strong and happy in the water.
Group lessons are offered, starting with Starfish (6 months to 2.5 years) which is an infant and parent class. Instructors provide guidance for parents on ways to hold your child in an aquatic environment and program through activities that facilitate your child’s early aquatic learning in an atmosphere that is fun and stimulating. Kids can then progress to independent swimming lessons to learn to swim on their own.
West Wallsend Swim Centre is open year-round and features an indoor heated 25 metre pool. Charlestown Swim Centre is open year-round is and has an outdoor heated 25 metre and 50 metre pools. Swansea Swim Centre is open during the summer season and features an outdoor heated 15m Learn to Swim pool and outdoor heated 50m pool.Speers Point Swim Centre is open during the summer season and has an outdoor 25m pool and outdoor 50m pool.
More information: Lake Mac Swim Centres website
Valentine Swim School
Valentine Swim School located in Valentine provides small group swimming lessons and parent/child swimming lessons for infants and toddlers. They teach children (from 4 months of age) how to swim safely and confidently. With three heated pools, swimming lessons are run all year round. They offer parent and child classes in which you will interact in the water with your child under the guidance of instructors. Students learn awareness and confidence from an early age in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Swimming classes are 7 days a week from Monday to Sunday in a purpose-built indoor swimming pool which is heated to 31 degrees all year round.
More information: Valentine Swim School website
Swimming Lessons Maitland / Cessnock
Begin 2 Swim
Begin 2 Swim in Greenhills offers kids swim lessons teaching from 6 months through to adults. They offer small group or one on one lessons in an indoor heated pool (30 – 32°C all year round). They pride themselves elves on providing the best environment for children to gain lifelong skills through water safety and learn to swim lessons. Classes are small (6 for babies and maximum of 4 in all other classes).
Jump n Swim Academy
Jump n Swim Academy in Thornton offers swim lessons promoting water awareness, confidence, safety, fitness, and stroke development. They teach without the use of floatation aids. Swimming lessons are available seven mornings per week and in the afternoon from Monday to Friday. Jump n Swim Academy offers year-round lessons in a 32°C pool.
More information: Jump n Swim Academy website
Just Like Fish
Just Like Fish in Rutherford provides small group swimming lessons and parent/child swimming lessons for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and primary school-aged children in an indoor facility. They teach children (from 3 months of age) water survival skills, awareness and how to swim safely and confidently.
Their classes begin begins with the Water Babies, Water Tots and Water Kids program. This is the water familiarisation component of the Swim and Survive program, designed specifically for children aged 6 months to 3 years. All classes are 30 minute in duration and a parent is required in the water for all levels.
Little Swim Stars
Little Swim Stars in East Maitland provides small group swimming lessons and parent/child swimming lessons for infants and toddlers in a heated indoor pool facility. Their classes begin begins with the Aquababies program designed specifically for children aged 6 months to 2 1/2 years. These classes introduce your little one to the water in a relaxed but safe and caring environment. Lessons consist of a variety of songs and activities aimed at promoting water awareness and basic swimming skills such as kicking, paddling, floating and blowing bubbles. A parent or carer is required to accompany each child at all times in the water. Lessons are offered Monday to Saturday year-round.
More information: Little Swim Stars website
Maitland City Council operates two pools that offer swimming lessons: Maitland Aquatic Centre and East Maitland Aquatic Centre. The swim program provides children from 6 months with essential water safety skills and understanding as well as learning to swim in a fun, professional and supportive environment. The program begins with the Wonder program. This is the water familiarisation component of the Swim and Survive program, designed specifically for children aged 6 months to 3 years. Wonder is a child-centred program which is taught with parent or carer and child together in the water. Maitland Aquatic Centre is open year round and features an indoor heated 25 metre pool and outdoor pool. East Maitland Aquatic Centre has an outdoor pool.
More information: Maitland Aquatics website
Swimming Lessons Port Stephens
Tilligerry Aquatic Centre
Enjoy swimming lessons with your baby at Tilligerry Aquatic Centre in Mallabulla. The Centre features a heated 25 metre outdoor pool. The centre offers Splish Splash Aqua Playgroup at Tilligerry Aquatic Centre! Lessons are designed for babies six months and under, catering for infant participants attending with their parents/guardians or appropriate adult carers. Sessions are held weekly and involve a 30-minute routine consisting of holds, floating, pre-conditioning, submersion and water safety.For older kids, Tomaree Aquatic Centre offers weekly swimming and water safety program between October and March.
More information: Tilligerry Aquatic Centre website
Tomaree Aquatic Centre
Enjoy swimming lessons with your baby at Tomaree Aquatic Centre in Salamander Bay. The Centre features a 50 metre outdoor heated pool. The GOSwim swim program helps children become comfortable and confident around water. Lessons are designed for babies 6 months to 3.5 years, catering for infant, toddler and preschool participants attending with their parents/guardians or appropriate adult carers. For older kids, Tomaree Aquatic Centre offers weekly swimming and water safety program.
More information: Tomaree Aquatic Centre website
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