In this program, the focus is on physical, intellectual and personal development. Children establish a lifelong appreciation for safe activity in the water, and learn vital survival skills not just for the pool but for rivers, lakes and the ocean.

Children will learn to:

  • develop and refine swimming strokes
  • cooperate with and respect others in an aquatic environment
  • make safe and sensible decisions and solve problems in and around water.

Our swimming teachers

All of 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: Over five years
Class size: Six students

  • Push and glide
  • Kick on front and back with aid five metres
  • Paddle and kick
  • Torpedo three metres
  • Treading water


Ages: Over five years
Class size: Six students

  • Jump entry into deep water and recover
  • Kick on front with aid and side breathing 10 metres
  • Kick on back 10 metres
  • Backstroke, freestyle and torpedo five metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for 30 seconds and signal for help
  • Duck dive


Ages: Over five years
Class size: Eight students

  • Seated dive
  • Step in entry and recover
  • Freestyle and backstroke 12 metres
  • Survival backstroke with aid five metres
  • Breaststroke kick with aid five metres
  • Float, scull and tread water for one minute and signal for help
  • Duck dive, swim underwater for three metres and recover object


Ages: Over five years
Class size: Eight students

  • Stride entry
  • Freestyle and backstroke 25 metres
  • Survival backstroke 25 metres
  • Breaststroke kick with breath 12 metres
  • Forward somersault
  • Crouch dive


Ages: Over five years
Class size: Eight students

  • Compact jump
  • Freestyle and backstroke 50 metres
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke 25 metres
  • Tumble turn
  • Dolphin kick and sidestroke 12 metres
  • Shallow dive


Ages: Over five years
Class size: Eight students

  • Feet first surface dive
  • Freestyle and backstroke 100 metres
  • Survival backstroke and breaststroke 50 metres
  • Butterfly 15 metres
  • Sidestroke 25 metres
  • Using combination of strokes 400 metre swim
  • Clothed swim, flat, scull and tread water for five minutes, remove clothes and swim for five minutes

Teen Swim

Ages: 12+ years
Class size: Eight students
Duration: One hour

  • For teens who have not had formal swimming lessons during their primary school years
  • Provides an introduction to swimming through to any level
  • Focuses on building confidence in the water
  • Buoyancy and flotation techniques, kicking
  • Introduction to strokes and refinement of technique
  • Focuses on improving swimming distance


Ages: 12+ years
Class size: Eight students
Duration: One hour

  • For teens who are confident in the water and want to swim, but don’t want to start squad
  • Fun, non-competitive class environment
  • Continues to improve swimming technique
  • Prepares students for squad and competitive swimming
  • (Students must have completed Shark level, or equivalent, to participate in this class)


Ages: 12+ years
Class size: Eight students
Duration: One hour

  • Suitable for confident swimmers who have passed all the levels but don’t want to swim competitively
  • Aims to develop students’ knowledge of safe water rescue and survival
  • Builds students’ skills for future employment in the aquatic industry
  • Develops water skills, water safety, knowledge and how to carry out aquatic rescues
  • Provides a fun and dynamic learning environment
  • Goal of achieving Bronze Medallion

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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