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 Swim School 

2017/2018 Dates and Prices

Term 1 -

Begins on Monday February 5th, one 30 minute lesson a week for 6 weeks

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3.30pm - 6.00pm

Saturday between 8.30am - 12.00pm (Note - Saturdays will only run for 5 weeks)

Saturday - $87.5 per child. Monday - Thursday $105 per child. 

Bronze Star Courses!!!

Dickson Aquatic Centre will be offering Bronze Star courses again in January!

Bronze Star courses are aimed at developing skills and knowledge of safe water rescue and survival. Children will learn different types of rescues, resusitation awarness and survival skills.

To be eligible for this course your child must be 10 years or older and be able to swim 300m continuously. Lesson will be one hour in duration and be $120 for the 6 lessons. The lesson dates will be the same as our regular swim lessons.

 How to enrol:  

Enrolments must be done in person. 

1. Come into the pool during Swim School hours

2. Swim School staff will assess your child to determine the appropriate level

3. Parents and staff will then look at timeslots available

4. Payment must be made at the time of booking

At the beginning of each season all children need to be assessed.  Throughout the season we will be monitoring children to determine if they need to change levels.

The assessment is usually 5 to 10 minutes in the water.  Depending of the age and experience of the child they will be asked to perform a number of skills.  The Swim School staff member will observe them and determine the best level for them.

We do not take enrolments over the phone.


The Dickson Aquatic Centre Swim School aims to provide families with programs that cater from water familiarity and basic swim and survival skills to advanced stroke correction in preparation for squad level swimming. Term programs provide once a week lessons which are convenient and a great way to learn and develop their swimming abilities. The January intensive programs aim to develop and reinforce swimming skills through daily lessons and give kids a great way to spend the summer in the water. One of the swim schools main objectives is to ensure all students become water safe through the Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive initiative.


 Private Lessons 

This season we will be offering a limited amount of private lessons. These lessons are tailored specifically to your child to provide thirty minutes of one on one instruction to develop and further your child’s swimming ability.

If you wish to enrol for private lessons, you will need to enrol for the entire duration of that program. We will not be offering one-off private lessons.

Prices vary and lessons are organised with the swim school staff. These lessons are subject to availability of instructors and pool space. See swim school staff during opening hours or on enrolment day about organising private lessons.

The prices are as follows;

  • One student to one instructor = $45.00
  • Two students to one instructor = $80.00

 Swimming Levels 

We follow the Royal Life Saving Socity's Swim and Survive levels. 

The program is focused on survival skills, but it also recognises the importance of learning correct swimming technique to accompany water safety.

The new Swim and Survive levels include more competencies to achieve.  This may mean that while a child may stay in a particular level for longer, it is not because they are not learning, rather there is more to learn.

We are excited to use Swim and Survive because it is a comprehensive and fun program!

For more information regarding Swim and Survive check out  www.swimandsurvive.com.au

 Make-up Lessons 

We are unable to give make-up lessons. 

Due to the fact that:

  • our programs are so short (only 6 weeks or 6 days),
  • most of our classes are full,
  • and make-up lessons are not always beneficial to learning. 

If you can provide a doctors certificate we can give you a single family pass valued at $19.00.

If your child falls ill and has to cancel all/or all remaining lessons, let swim staff know and we can work something out.


  • All our teachers are AUSTSWIM Qualified.  This means that they are trained in the appropriate teaching techniques for water and swimming skills.  They are also caring and motivated people. For further information, see the link below.
  • Small class ratios ensure maximum results. 
  • All the pools are heated.  The Learners' Pool provides many advantages, it is shallow at the ends for toddlers, but deep enough in the middle to accommodate for children learning arm circles. 
  • There are also partial shade covers on the pools.
  • Two types of programs are on offer.  The Term programs enable children to develop their skills over a longer period of time.  The January programs are highly intensive day-after-day lessons, when children can rapidly build on knowledge.
  • We offer lessons for children aged 3 years and up.

All of our teachers abide by the AUSTSWIM Teachers Code of Behaviour.

A copy of this code can be accessed by clicking on the link above.

Please familiarise yourself with our emergency evacuation procedure for the Swim School.

This is accessable by clicking the link above.

Any further questions please do not hestiate to ask Swim School staff.

Dickson Aquatic Centre
152 Cowper St, Dickson, ACT 2602
Phone: 02 6247 2972  Fax: 02 6230 1282
Email: reception@DicksonAquaticCentre.com.au

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Swim School Office Open Hours

Swim School Hours as of Monday 29/1/18

Weekdays 3.00pm-6.30pm

Saturdays 8.00am - 1.00pm

Sundays 9.00am - 12.00pm