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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
  • Have survival skills
  • Learn correct swimming technique
  • Increase fitness and endurance
Days and times

Our Learn-to-Swim program runs in line with the School Terms and is on Monday to Friday afternoons from 4 – 6.30pm. Individuals will be offered lesson times in accordance with their standard. We try to ensure families have lessons on the same afternoon for convenience, this is not always possible.


$20 per lesson payable for the full term at the beginning of the term.

Join our program

Our Learn-to-Swim program is currently at capacity and new enquiries are asked to fill in the wait list form so that we can place them when a vacancy becomes available. Please note that all enrolments are taken from our waiting list and priority access is given to current Geelong College students.

Term 1

Term 1 Learn to swim starts on Monday 30 January 2024.

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