In the preschool swimming program, children learn to become more independent in the water and begin to develop important water survival skills.

Children will learn skills in:

  • body orientation
  • propulsion and submersion
  • basic stroke development
  • personal and water safety.

Our swimming teachers

Our teachers hold nationally accredited swimming teacher and water safety certificates. They have current CPR and first aid certificates, and have training in safeguarding children and young people.

Program levels

Teachers assess and progress children through the program levels, based on their individual ability.

Level Description


Ages: 3 to 5 years
Class size: Five students

  • Parent / carer in the water
  • Push and glide with bubbles
  • Independent submersion with bubbles
  • Aided jump entry and return to edge
  • Extended arm paddle
  • Aided kick on front and back
  • Aided treading water
  • Torpedo three metres


Ages: 3 to 5 years
Class size: Five students

  • Jump entry and return to edge
  • Independent rollover
  • Recover object from chest-deep water
  • Introductory whip kick
  • Freestyle and backstroke arms
  • Tread water for 15 seconds

Flying fish

Ages: 3 to 5 years
Class size: Five students

  • Step in entry and recover
  • Freestyle and backstroke 10 metres
  • Introduction to breaststroke, survival backstroke and butterfly kick
  • Duck dive, swim underwater and recover an object
  • Throw a buoyant aid and direct a partner to safety

Swimming lesson information

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  • Class times
    Classes are 30 minutes and offered six days a week.

    The YMCA swimming lesson programs operates 48 weeks of the year. The continuous program is designed to support faster skill acquisition without the stop-start of term breaks.
    48 program weeks
    Mid January - mid December
    4 non-program weeks
    Christmas, New Year and summer holiday period
  • Enrolment
    To enquire please fill out an enquiry form on this page or come into the centre and speak to one of our customer service officers, or contact us to determine the right level for your child’s lessons. We also offer free, no obligation swimming assessments to determine which class is right for you.

    For more information, or to register your interest in swimming lessons, fill in the our enquiry form and one of our friendly customer service team will be in touch.
  • Fees
    Fees are paid fortnightly by direct debit. No lock-in contracts. 14 days written notice are required to cancel.

      Fee per lesson Fortnightly direct debit 
    Standard rate $14.80 $29.60

    Fees effective 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022. All centre fees and charges undergo an annual pricing review

  • Program and safety requirements

    Infant and preschool lessons

    • Babies must be at least six months old
    • Children in nappies must wear aqua nappies that are tight fitting around the thighs (you can buy them in centre)
    • Parents should bring bathers during the first few lessons, in case the child gets upset and needs support in the water

    All child lessons

    • Bring bathers, towel, goggles (recommended, but not required) and dry clothes
    • Come to the edge of the pool at the start of the lesson and directly hand over your child to the teacher
    • Watch the lesson (preschool classes)
    • Stay as close as possible to the lesson (for example, by sitting in the chairs around the pool)
    • Come to the edge of the pool at the end of the lesson and collect your child
    • Photos are only allowed in the pool area with prior arrangement (never in the change room area). See our FAQs page for more information.

    To provide a safe environment for your child, parents/carers must stay in the pool with infants for the whole lesson.

  • Student features

    Swimming lessons members receive:

    • one 30 minute swimming lesson per week
    • four make-up lessons per year
    • unlimited pool access to Benalla Aquatic Centre's aquatic facilities outside of lesson times

    Parents of children will receive:

    • parent-teacher feedback week (conducted six monthly)
    • SwimDesk parent portal to allow you to track your child’s achievements as they progress through the swim program.

For more information see our Swimming Lessons FAQ page

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