Swimming lessons

Swimming is a great sport and recreation skill for all ages. It can provide a lifetime of safe water-based activities with family and friends.

Lessons are available at all three City of Stirling aquatic centres.

Learn to swim at Stirling Leisure Centres

Stirling Leisure Centres Learn to Swim Program is an ongoing program, offering 1 lesson per week and full pool access for the enrolled student at their centre. The ongoing program allows us to tailor the program to the student’s needs while maintaining a high standard of instruction. Our lessons follow the RLSSWA program for school aged children and our teachers are committed to the student’s development. Once enrolled, payments are made every 4 weeks by direct debit.

  • Scarborough offers Preschool classes and levels 1 to 3 from October to April; Levels 4 to 14 and Adults run October to July. Lessons will resume on October 11, 2021
  • Balga offers lessons for 50 weeks of the year in the heated indoor pool facilities
  • Inglewood currently offers lessons to students 3 years and above in the outdoor pool facilities while the Indoor pool facilities are being refurbished. During the Indoor pool refurbishments Aquababies lessons, will be on offer for current participants at Leisurepark Balga. For further details about the indoor pool refurbishment please click here

Our locations

FacilityAddress
Stirling Leisure Centres - Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre - Inglewood62 Alexander Drive, Inglewood WA 6052
Stirling Leisure Centres - Leisurepark BalgaCorner of Princess Rd and Camberwell Rd, Balga WA 6061
Stirling Leisure Centres - Scarborough Beach Pool171 The Esplanade, Scarborough WA 6019
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Our programs

Aqua Babies

Morning classes for parents and babies aged 6 to 36 months to introduce your little one to the joy of swimming.

LevelClass descriptionInglewoodBalga
Turtles (6 to 12 months)

First introduction to swimming lessons with a parent, learning safe entry and exits into water.

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Penguins (12 to 24 months)Progressing to be a little more independent, learning how to float on front and back, kicking and splashingView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Platypus (24 months to 3 years)More independent in the water. Jumping in, floating, climbing out safely, swimming short distances all while under close parent supervision. View classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Sharks (30 months to 3 years)

For students who have completed Platypus skills and are not quite ready to go without Mum or Dad.

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Pre-school program

Preschool programs run from 3 to 6 years.

This is the foundation phase, as young swimmers develop water awareness, confidence and independence in a class without a parent. Children will progress through basic floating and recovery in the Minnows group to being able to swim 10 metres of freestyle in Orca. The basics of rescues and water safety sequences are also taught.

LevelClass descriptionInglewoodBalgaScarborough
MinnowsToddlers will learn safe entry & exit, how to submerge with eyes open and pick up toys from bottom. Key skills are independent front and back float.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
BarracudaChildren will advance their skills to submerging their whole body, eyes open and exhaling. Extending the back and front float into a glide and recovering; front and back torpedoes.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
YabbieIn this level they will learn to submerge the whole body with confidence in deeper water; retrieve an object; demonstrate back and front float unassisted along with back and front torpedo over 3m.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
CrocodileChildren will be starting to learn basic freestyle stroke, sitting dive and deep-water skills such as falling in forwards and backwards, recovering and monkey along the wall.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
DolphinFreestyle will be extended to include breathing over 5m; Learn survival skills of treading water with a sculling hand action; along with assisted sitting dive and beginner breaststroke kick.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
OrcaOrca is equal to level 3 and children will consolidate their skills ready for School aged level.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol

School-age program

School age programs run from 7 to 15 years.

RLSS Swim and Survive levels 1 - 14.

All our school-age lessons follow the Royal Lifesaving Society’s swimming program. Swimmers will progress through the levels from beginners, to becoming competent and safe swimmers. Once they have mastered their swimming strokes they will work on more complex rescue skills and initiatives that can lead to them becoming safer around water.

LevelClass descriptionInglewoodBalgaScarborough
Level 1

Complete beginner will learn how to submerge and recover; float on their front and back confidently; and how to enter and exit the water safely.

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Level 2Working on Level 1 skills, swimmers will extend glides and move towards learning freestyle and backstroke.   Safety Skills including the Aqua code.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 3Level 3 provides and introduction to freestyle breathing over 10m, breaststroke kick on back (not frog kick) and how to gain support using small hand actions. View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 4Progressing to deep water swimming, students learn  Freestyle covering 15m, Backstroke and survival backstroke 10m each. Recovering objects by surface dives and moving through water using small hand actions are also taught.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 5Swimming distance advances to 25m freestyle, 15m backstroke, survival back stroke, and breaststroke using correct technique.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 6Technique and distance improve, freestyle 50m, breaststroke, backstroke survival backstroke 25m. Demonstrate save dive entry.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 7A 45 minute session working on strengthening techniques and increasing total distance to 150m.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 8A 60 minute session, learning sidestroke and dolphin kick; ability to swim 200m continuously using all 4 strokes with correct technique.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 9A 60 minute session, swimming up to 300m continuously, learn tumble turns, basic CPR, non-contact rescues and safe water practices.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
MarlinsSquad program for those who wish to concentrate on improving technique and endurance. Learn to swim further, faster, and for longer.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 10Learn how to swim in clothing while maintaining technique, develop land-based rescues further and how to respond to an emergency.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 11Continue to improve stroke technique and endurance, learn body orientation in deep water and rescuing a person close to the edge.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 12Safe entries and exits from deeper water, develop personal survival skills and how to manage more complex rescues.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 13A combined class - Continue to advance swimming skills, learn about personal hazards and dangers in different water bodies; how to assess an emergency and plan the safest rescue strategy.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Level 14

Adults program

Adult programs are for those who are 16 year and older.

Do you feel you are missing on family fun at the beach or pool because you have never had the opportunity to learn how to swim? Our classes start from beginners and go through to squad swimmers.

LevelClass descriptionInglewoodBalgaScarborough
Adult 1 - Complete beginnersComplete beginner - learn how to enter and exit, float on front and back, working towards basic strokes.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Adult 2 - Can swim 10 to 15 metres of each strokeBegin to develop stroke technique treading water and basic water safety. Start swimming in deeper water.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Adult 3 - Can swim up to 25 metres of each strokeDevelop endurance and stroke technique with a goal of swimming 150m continuously. Learn basic rescues and surface dives.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol
Adult 4 - Stroke development and safety techniquesDevelop stroke technique and endurance to swim up to 800m continuously; advanced safety, survival, and rescue techniques.View classes and enrolView classes and enrolView classes and enrol

Junior Lifeguard Club

Prerequisite: passed RLSS Level 12.

JLC is an ongoing program for students who wish to learn advanced survival skills, rescues, safety techniques and develop awareness of community services and emergency procedures. Students can also prepare to go onto other aquatic activities and work towards gaining the Bronze Medallion and move into lifeguarding.

LevelClass descriptionInglewoodScarborough
Junior Lifeguard ClubJLC provides a unique swimming and aquatic alternative for those who love the water and want more than just lessons topics - Community education, fitness, competition, swimming skills, leadership and teamwork and lifesaving knowledgeView classes and enrolView classes and enrol

Special needs lessons

At Stirling Leisure Centres we believe that everyone should have access to swimming lessons regardless of their ability.

Contact our Learn-To-Swim Team on learnto.swim@stirling.wa.gov.au to fill in a special needs questionnaire form. From there we will work with the parents and swimmers to arrange the right teacher, time and day for swimming lessons.

Special needs lessons are available by appointment only and are not offered at Scarborough Beach Pool.

Pool to Beach

This program is currently only offered at Stirling Leisure Centres - Scarborough Beach Pool.

Learn how to safely transition between pool and beach. Children and adults can learn safety and survival skills and how to navigate risky areas at the beach. Learn the difference between pool swimming and beach swimming as well as beach surf safety and awareness.

  • Pre-requisite - RLSSS Level 9 +
  • Pool to Beach program for children runs on Tuesdays 4pm to 5pm and Saturdays 8:30am to 9:30am. Adults Pool to Beach runs on Saturdays 8:30am to 9:30am. Both programs run at Stirling Leisure Centres - Scarborough Beach Pool only
  • If you are interested in the adult Pool to Beach program please fill out an expression of interest at the centre. 

All lessons are 60 minutes in duration.

For more information, view the Pool to Beach FAQs.

Adults Pool to Beach program

Adults Pool to Beach at Stirling Leisure Centres - Scarborough Beach Pool runs on Saturdays 8:30am to 9:30am and consists of both pool and beach sessions.

  • Pool sessions - stroke technique, correction and endurance

  • Beach sessions - recognise rips and currents. Navigate tides, waves, rocks and troughs.

All swimmers must pass a beach readiness assessment before enrolment and payment.

If you are interested in classes please complete an expression of interest at Stirling Leisure Centres - Scarborough Beach Pool.

Free assessment

If you are not sure which level you or your child should be enrolled in, you can sign up for a free assessment and our staff will observe specific skills to help determine which level is the best to enrol in. 

LevelClass descriptionInglewoodBalgaScarborough
Free assessmentA quick assessment with one of our friendly deck attendants to help you know which level is going to be the best fit.Find a time and bookFind a time and bookFind a time and book

Swimming lesson prices

Monday to Sunday classes30 minute lesson60 minute lesson
Off-peak (larger class size on off-peak days and times)$11.00 per lesson$12.00 per lesson
Peak (smaller class size on peak days and times)$16.00 per lesson$17.50 per lesson

What is peak and off peak?

Peak and Off Peak pricing means we are able to deliver classes at times when the facility is quieter for a cheaper price whilst maintaining our excellent standard of teaching. Peak classes are slightly smaller in capacity.

Peak and off-peak times vary throughout the week and are shown on the tables below. There's no need to worry though, when you enrol the correct rate is automatically applied for you.

Weekdays
Time of dayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 - 9:30Off peak
9:30 - 11:30Preschool peak
Aquababies off peak
11:30 - 2:30Off peak
3:30 - 4:00Off peak
4:00 - 6:00Peak
6:00 - 7:00Off peak (Adults peak)

Weekends

LevelSaturdaySunday
Aqua BabiesAll weekend classes are off peak
All other levelsAll weekend classes are peak
Adults
Time of dayMonday - FridaySaturday - Sunday
8:00 - 9:00PeakOff peak
9:00 - 12:00PeakPeak
12:30 - 6:00PeakOff peak

Parents supervise, lifeguards save lives

Even though lifeguards are on duty at public pools, parents still have a crucial role to play in the supervision of children while visiting these facilities. It’s not about shifting responsibility, it’s about having both parents and lifeguards working together to keep children safe.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find a timetable of lessons?

Our Learn to Swim program operates Monday to Sunday at all aquatics sites listed above. As the program is ongoing and dynamic we do not provide a timetable. Available days and times are displayed on the links above, and you can even enrol on the same link by following the prompts.

Do you provide make up lessons?

We do not offer make-up lessons for missed classes, but the Learn to Swim enrolment includes complimentary access for swimming recreational swimming and practice whenever you would like at your chosen aquatic centre.

Can I pay cash for lessons?

Unfortunately we do not offer a cash payment option. Our direct debit system will take a payment every 4 weeks from a nominated credit or debit card, or bank account. 

How can I contact City of Stirling Learn to Swim staff?

 To speak to a member of our friendly team, you can email programsupervisor@stirling.wa.gov.au or call your chosen facility reception

How do I know which level my child should be in?

You can use the tables above to help work out where your child belongs. We also offer complimentary assessments to determine your child's level based on their current skills and ability. You can sign up for an assessment in the "Free assessment" dropdown above.