Learn-to-Swim Program

Catering for all skill levels, our UQ Sport Swim School Learn-to-Swim continuous program places children into classes according to their swimming ability.

There are 10 class levels, starting at Tadpoles (4 months – 12 months), with progression up to stroke development levels that are all ability based classes. Depending on the level, swimming classes for kids run between 30-75 minutes, and are held daily throughout the year.

To get the best results for your child, we recommend enrolling in a minimum of two lessons per week. 

For further details about our learn to swim programs, take a look at our handy FAQ Guide.

Enrol at any time! Call us on (07) 3365 6047 to secure your spot.

What are the options?

Tadpoles

An introduction for parent and baby to water and safety skills through games, singing and playing with toys. Tadpoles is designed to develop awareness and confidence in the water. Infants learn skills such as breath control, blowing bubbles, kicking, and floating in a relaxed and supportive environment. Parent participation is required.

Age: 4 months – 12 months
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:6
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes

Frogs

A more structured class environment with an emphasis on developing the child’s body position in the water, and crucial survival skills. Children are also taught how to submerge themselves, initiate independent movements, and develop their kicking skills. Parent participation is required. Children will continue to maintain a development in breath control and propulsion. 

Age: 12 months – 2 years
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:6
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes 

Seahorses

A continuation of the skills learnt in Frogs, Seahorses places a greater focus on the child gaining water independence, and learning to swim over greater distances. Children enrolled in Seahorses for at least six (6) months are eligible to progress to Starfish. Parent participation is required. Children will continue to maintain a development in breath control and propulsion. 

Age: 2-3 years
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:6
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes

Turtles

Ideal for children with little-to-no swimming experience, Turtles is a calm and relaxed environment for kids who may have a fear of water, or separation anxiety. Turtles helps children develop their kicking and floating abilities, and introduces important skills such as streamline, submersion and safe entries and exits. Children will continue to maintain a development in breath control and propulsion. 

Age: 3+ years (children with no swimming experience)
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:3
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes

Starfish

Starfish is recommended for children who have participated in Learn-to-Swim classes for at least 12 months, and are comfortable swimming without their parents. In Starfish, children are taught to extend their streamline, and kick on their back without assistance. Basic freestyle skills are also introduced. Children feel comfortable and have developed confidence in the water. Students will maintain water safety skills such as floating, safe entries and exits along with gaining treading water skills. 

Age: 3+ years (children with 12 months’ swimming experience)
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:3
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes 

Octopus

In Octopus, children continue to develop their freestyle and breathing skills, while also beginning to perform backstroke. Kids are also taught to coordinate a smooth, continuous stroke. Children should know and comply with water safety rules and will begin to gain skills such as treading water and confident prone and back propulsion.

Age: Ability-assessed
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:4
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes

Crocodiles (stroke development)

The first of our stroke development-focused Learn-to-Swim classes, Crocodiles is designed to help children further develop their freestyle and backstroke skills, and refine their technique. In this level, kids are also introduced to the breaststroke kick, and taught to swim over greater distances. Children in this level will be very confident and comfortable in deep water. They will learn water safety skills such as treading water, floating and sculling to maintain safe breathing in deep water. 

Age: Ability-assessed
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:5
Lesson Duration: 30 minutes

Stingrays (stroke development)

In Stingrays, the focus is on children honing their freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke technique. Kids are also introduced to advanced diving skills. Children in this level will be very confident and comfortable in deep water. They will learn water safety skills such as treading water, floating and sculling to maintain safe breathing in deep water.

Age: Ability-assessed
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:6
Lesson Duration: 45 minutes 

Barracudas (stroke development)

An hour-long class, similar to a mini-squad session, Barracudas includes drills that improve technique over distances up to 50m. Competitive skills, like tumble turns and dives, are further developed, along with a complete butterfly stroke. Students still maintain safe breathing and water safety skills such as treading water, floats and sculling.

Junior Development Coach to supervise both Barracuda and Swordfish classes. 

Age: Ability-assessed
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:10
Lesson Duration: 60 minutes

Swordfish (stroke development)

Swordfish introduces competitive skills and stroke technique drills over longer distances. Medley competitive skills, such as starts, turns and finishes are also developed, ensuring technique is maintained and pace increased over longer distances. Students also still reiterate water safety skills such as treading water, floating, sculling in deep water.

Junior Development Coach to supervise both Barracuda and Swordfish classes. 

Age: Ability-assessed
Instructor-Student Ratio: 1:10
Lesson Duration: 75 minutes  

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