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2012 Swim Program

All of our instructors are either Austswim trained or accredited Level One Coaches. The experienced staff works year-round (including winter and school holidays) teaching children from 18 months to 12 years. Whether safely developing water confidence for babies or providing tuition in stroke correction for young high schoolers, Helen's Swim School offers a fun and professional atmosphere for students and parents alike.


  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Students: Four per class
  • Age: 18 months and up
  • Requirements: Goggles and Huggies swim nappies for babies

Our Learn to Swim program begins with babies. From 18 months and up, we teach water confidence and bubble and breathe techniques. These half hour classes with a maximum of four students to a class help young children develop the comfort level and water confidence required to learn to swim. Helen's has great experience in making a young child's introduction to water safe and fun. By grouping children of similar abilities (including any special needs kids), LTS classes help children learn to enjoy the water while developing the foundation necessary to be a competent swimmer. If necessary, very young children may start with 15 minute individual lessons until they can be integrated into a group class.

Upon graduation to the next level, students will:

  • Understand water safety
  • Develop water confidence
  • Learn bubble and breathe technique
  • Practice backstroke technique
  • Swim at least 10 meters of backstroke

Preliminary Squad

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Students: Up to six per class
  • Age: From 3-4 years depending on development
  • Requirements: ‘Bubble and breathe’ and swim backstroke
    for one length of the pool

The preliminary squad builds upon the techniques learned in the LTS classes and teaches children the fundamentals of both freestyle and backstroke. These students have advanced from the stage where they are simply comfortable in the water and can now focus on improving technique.

Upon graduation to the next level, students will:

  • Maintain correct body position and breathing in freestyle
  • Maintain correct body position and stroking in backstroke
  • Perform basic skills in both strokes

Intermediate Squad

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Students: Up to six per class
  • Age: 6 years and up
  • Requirements: Swim efficient freestyle and backstroke for 25 metres

The intermediate squad will continue to develop freestyle and backstroke technique while working on swimming greater distance. Students are also introduced to breaststroke kicking and drills.

Upon graduation to the next level, students will:

  • Continue to develop drills in freestyle and backstroke
  • Develop the breaststroke kick followed by layout drills to a basic level
  • Swim 200m Freestyle

Advance Squad

  • Duration: 1 hour (weekdays from 5:15 to 6:15pm only)
  • Students: Up to six per class
  • Age: 6 years and up
  • Requirements: Mastered freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke for 25m*

The advanced squad will continue to build strength, technique, and endurance. Additionally, the butterfly will be taught and students will get their first exposure to interval training and reading a pace clock.

*Exception may be made if the child is struggling with the breaststroke kick, but is proficient in the other strokes.

Intensive Program

  • All Ages and Levels

During the School Holiday we offer an Intensive Swim Program for all ages. This is an opportunity to improve the child’s skills by attending every day. Please contact Helen or Tom for more information.

  • All lessons must be taken during the Holiday period

Number of Lessons


10 $95
5 $50

Long Course Squad

  • Engadine Leisure Centre
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Age: 6 years and up
  • Requirements: Mastered freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke for 50 metres

To prepare swimmers in the advanced squad for their school carnivals in a 50m pool. We concentrate on building endurance and control of pace, and teach the skills of diving and turning.

Number of Lessons


1 $10 plus pool entry

Pool Parties

You can hire this centre for your child’s Birthday or Christmas party on Saturday afternoon or Sunday. You organise all food and activities

We provide:

  • Barbecue
  • Microwave
  • Multi-function Oven
  • Plates and cups if needed
  • Supervision for all pool activities

Two Hour Party


12 Children $160
Each Additional Child $8