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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.

Swimming in winter

Learn to Swim 2021

Stirling Leisure Centres Learn to Swim Program has now changed to an ongoing program, which continues for 50 weeks a year and will provide more opportunities for assessments and progression for your child.

This change will allow us to tailor the program more to your child’s needs while maintaining the same high standard of instruction. Our lesson content remains the same following the RLSSWA program for school aged children and our teachers commitment to your child’s development is also unchanged.

Parents’ can now check their child's progress on line through the parents portal at leisure.stirling.wa.gov.au and if they have progressed are able to move them to the next level. 


Infant aquatics

Parent baby classes to introduce your little one to the joy of swimming. Morning classes for babies from 6 months  to 3 years old. 

Four age-groups available:

  • Turtles (6 to 12 months)
  • Penguins (12 to 24 months)
  • Platypus (24 months to 3 years)
  • Sharks (30 months to 3 years) for advanced Platypus too young for preschool program.

Please note, infant aquatics is not available at Scarborough Beach Pool.


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. They will progress through basic floating and recovery in the Minnows group to being able to swim 10 metres of freestyle in Orca. They will also learn a variety of basic rescues and water safety sequences.


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.


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.

  • Adult 1 - Complete beginners
  • Adult 2 - Can swim 10 to 15 metres of each stroke
  • Adult 3 - Can swim up to 25 metres of each stroke
  • Adult 4 - Stroke development and safety techniques.

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 passs a beach readiness assessment before enrolment and payment.

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

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.

Swimming lesson prices

Monday to Sunday classesPrice 30 minute lessonPrice 60 minute lesson
Off-peak (off-peak days and times, and increased numbers in classes for all levels)$11.00 per 30-minute lesson$12.00 per 60-minute lesson
Peak (peak days and times with smaller classes)$16.00 per 30-minute lesson$17.50 per 60-minute lesson

View learn to swim terms and conditions. 

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.

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