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Learn To Swim

The Banyule Aquatic Swim School (BASS) is a safe and supportive swim school, that focuses on water safety and competency, and which caters for students of all ages (from six months up) and all swimming abilities.

All our instructors hold an AUSTSWIM or equivalent qualification and have a current Working with Children Check.

For more information call us on 9490 7111.

Parent-baby classes

These classes are for children 6 months to 3 years old, who are accompanied in the water by an adult actively participating in the class.

Three class levels reflect developing motor skills and children are encouraged to explore and develop skills at their own pace. Classes have a strong emphasis on safety and survival, water familiarisation and basic movement skills.

We do not submerge children but provide activities, songs and games to encourage children to submerge themselves with assistance.

Pre-school classes

Our classes for 3-5 year olds operate across six levels, ranging from the first stages of water exploration and familiarisation through to stroke development. Children are encouraged to explore and develop skills at their own pace and move between levels as they develop their skills. Lessons also focus on survival and water safety, which ensures a balanced approach to aquatic activities so that young swimmers have the skills they need to be safe in and around water.

School age classes

Children in school age classes progress at their own pace through the nine levels of the program. While stroke development is central to our program, we emphasise water safety and survival skills to help children be safe in and around water. The program includes games and theme-based classes to encourage students to enjoy their whole aquatic experience.

Teenage classes

These classes help teenagers who want to enjoy a wide variety of water activities but haven’t yet developed the confidence or skills they need to enjoy experiences such as surfing, snorkelling and boating.

Adult classes

All adults are capable of learning to swim. As in all of our aquatic education programs participants work at their own level and in small groups with an instructor. We cater for those who have never learnt to swim or are fearful of water, through to adults who want to improve their swimming efficiency and stroke technique.

Beginner Class - for adults who have never had swimming lessons, have a fear of water or are unable to move through water without a buoyancy aid.

Intermediate Class - for adults who are comfortable in the water but cannot complete a full lap of any stroke.

Advanced Class – for adults wanting to improve their already effective stroke and technique, as well as the distance they can swim.

Tuition fees for aquatic education programs are payable on a semester (ie two term) basis, with payments made at Reception. Semester One covers state school terms one and two while Semester Two covers terms three and four.

Health considerations

Please note : For reasons of Public Health, we ask parents to ensure that :

Children participating in Parent/ Baby classes wear an aqua nappy at all times while in the pools.

Children of any age who are not toilet trained wear an aqua nappy while swimming

Any swimmer who has recently had diarrhoea should not attend swimming classes or use the pools for at least 5 days after symptoms have ceased.

If your child has a cough or cold, you should let them recover fully before resuming classes.

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