Our Program

The Geelong College Recreation Centre Learn-to-Swim program is one of the foremost swim schools in the Geelong region. We pride ourselves on our program delivery, with passionate staff that are committed to providing a safe and positive environment.

Our goal is to develop each swimmer to:

  • Be water-confident
  • Have knowledge about water safety
  • Learn correct swimming techniques
  • Allow each child to build a pathway to competitive swimming

Days and Times

Our Learn-to-Swim program operates in alignment with the school terms and takes place on Monday through Friday afternoons, from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. Lesson schedules are tailored to individuals based on their level of proficiency. While we endeavor to accommodate families by scheduling their lessons on the same afternoon for convenience, please note that this may not always be feasible.

Join Our Program

Our programs consistently operate at full capacity. To be considered for the upcoming intake, please complete the waitlist enrolment process via the parent portal here.

Set up your family's account, select 'new enrolment,' and choose the waitlist option that best suits your child. Follow the prompts to submit the waitlist application.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the starting age for lessons at The Geelong College? 
Lessons begin for children from 5 years of age.

What are the lesson costs?
Learn to Swim Lessons for 2024 are $22.50 each, with a full-term commitment.

What are the class sizes like?
We strive to keep classes as small as possible. However, during peak times, you can expect to see 6 students per class with 1 LTS instructor. During less desirable days or times, classes may have 3 or 4 students.

What is the frequency of testing?
Students are typically tested 2-3 times per term, depending on their level. Feedback is updated on the Parent Portal post-assessment, and details are also provided to the instructor. Find out more about our levels below.

How do I build my child's confidence? 
The Recreation Centre hosts Holiday Programs during school holiday periods. This is an excellent opportunity for future students to build skills and ease the transition into the after-school program. Find out more here.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch. We appreciate your interest in our Learn to Swim program!


Swim and Survive

Level 2

• Identify dangers in aquatic environments around the home • Slide in entry and exit • Float on front and back and recover • Tread water using a buoyant aid • Fit a lifejacket and float • Glide on front and back, kick and recover • Submerge to recover an object from chest deep water • Identify different ways to get help • Be pulled to safety with an aid • Float with a buoyant aid for 30 seconds and kick to safety

Swim and Survive

Level 3

• Identify rules for safe behaviour in and around home aquatic environments • Fall in entry and recover • Float on back for 30 seconds • Tread water for 30 seconds • Swim 10 metres freestyle with breathing • Swim 5 metres backstroke • Swim 5 metres survival backstroke kick • Swim through a submerged obstacle • Identify people and actions to help in an aquatic emergency • Be rescued with a buoyant aid • Perform a survival sequence to simulate an accidental entry

Swim and Survive

Level 4

• Identify aquatic environments • Step in entry • Float on front and back in deep water and recover • Orientate the body using rotation skills • Swim 15 metres freestyle • Swim 15 metres backstroke • Swim 10 metres survival backstroke • Swim 10 metres breaststroke kick • Surface dive and recover an object from shoulder deep water • Recognise an emergency and call for help • Talk rescue

Swim and Survive

Level 5

• Compact jump • Head-first and feet-first sculling • Float, scull or tread water wearing a lifejacket • Swim 25 metres freestyle • Swim 25 metres backstroke • Swim 15 metres survival backstroke • Swim 10 metres basic breaststroke • Recognise and support an emergency • Reach rescue using a rigid and non-rigid aid • Perform a survival sequence with a buoyant aid

Swim and Survive

Level 6

• Identify and describe hazards in aquatic environments • Stride in entry • Float, scull or tread water for 1 minute • Swim 50 metres freestyle • Swim 50 metres backstroke • Swim 25 metres survival backstroke • Swim 25 metres breaststroke • Swim 10 metres dolphin kick • Surface dive, swim underwater for at least 1 metre and recover an object from shoulder deep water • Throw rescue 5 metres using a buoyant aid • Perform a survival sequence without a buoyant aid

Swim and Survive

Level 7

• Understand and follow safety rules for aquatic environments • Dive in entry • Enter and exit the water in a range of environments wearing light clothing • Float, scull or tread water for 2 minutes and signal for help • Swim 75 metres freestyle • Swim 75 metres backstroke • Swim 50 metres survival backstroke • Swim 50 metres breaststroke • Surface dive, swim underwater for up to 3 metres and search to recover an object in deep water • Respond to an emergency and perform a primary assessment • Throw rescue 10 metres using weighted and unweighted rope • Perform a survival sequence wearing light clothing