Learn to Swim

Welcome to our Learn to Swim program.

Our goal is to inspire all children to love the water and be strong capable swimmers.


The Artemis Centre is offering gymnastics programs during the first week of school holidays (Monday 7 December – Friday 11 December). 

To register or to find out more please visit the December Holiday Clinic Page.


Our unique Learn to Swim Program maintains a small student-to-teacher ratio to allow for more focused attention on each child’s development.

The program follows a customised and personalised approach to teach skills in a logical progression from any level of skill, confidence or experience. We call this our personalised Learn To Swim framework.

We ensure that all swimmers develop sound technique in freestyle, as well as gaining a good understanding of other strokes from an early age. Water safety and personal survival skills are a primary focus at every level of the program.

The Learn to Swim program is available for late pre-school (four year olds) and primary school students.

Within the framework, there are seven progressive stages of learning and development which are founded on the type of swimmer who enters the program: Beginner, Learner and Swimmer.

Class Types

Water Discovery

  • Duration: 30-minutes.
  • Structure: Teacher in water.
  • Class size: Four students (max).
  • Objectives: Water familiarisation and safety. Swimmers will learn to be comfortable and have fun in the water.

Water Confidence

  • Duration: 30-minutes.
  • Structure: Teacher in water.
  • Class size: Four students (max).
  • Objectives: Swimmers develop a greater confidence learning to float, kick and blow bubbles. 

Water Independence

  • Duration: 30-minutes.
  • Structure: Teacher in water.
  • Class size: Four students (max).
  • Objectives: Swimmers who are confident in the water and have demonstrated independence begin to learn the basics of freestyle and backstroke, working towards being able to swim 12 metres unassisted.

Stroke Learning

  • Duration: 30-minutes.
  • Structure: Teacher in water.
  • Class size: Six students (max).
  • Objectives: Designed for swimmers who have a solid foundation of freestyle and backstroke and can swim 12 metres unassisted. A continued focus on freestyle and backstroke technique, with the aim to swim multiple lengths of 12 metres and 25 metres unassisted. Basic mechanics of breaststroke kick and pull are introduced.

Stroke development

  • Duration: 30-minutes.
  • Structure: Teacher in water.
  • Class size: Six students (max).
  • Key focuses: For swimmers who can swim 50 metres of freestyle and backstroke unassisted and with correct technique. Swimmers who can swim breaststroke kick 25 metres correctly. Focus is developing correct technique and timing of breaststroke.

Stroke advancement

  • Duration: 45-minutes.
  • Structure: Teacher in water.
  • Class size: Six students (max).
  • Key focuses: For swimmers who can swim breaststroke and dolphin kick for 25 metres correctly. Focus is for swimmers to be able to swim 50 metres breaststroke and have correct alignment, timing and technique. 


  • Duration: 60-minutes.
  • Structure: Teacher in and out of water.
  • Class size: Eight students (max).
  • Objectives: The final level of Learn to Swim is designed to introduce swimmers to the structure and expectations of squad training. For swimmers who can demonstrate 75 metres freestyle and backstroke with correct technique and turns, 50 metres breaststroke with correct alignment and technique and can dolphin kick 50 metres from various positions. On completion, swimmers will have the opportunity to join Artemis Aquatics Swimming Club or SwimFit Squad. 

FEE Structure


MGGS Student Non-MGGS Student
$19.00 / class $22.00 / class


*Fees will be charged per term and determined by the number of weeks and classes each term.


A virtuous cycle of community

We value the importance of community, and creating a safe, welcoming and friendly environment. A majority of our teaching team are current and former Melbourne Girls Grammar students who share a passion in learning, giving back and caring for their younger sisters and brothers!

We believe that investing in ongoing teacher training and development through our mentoring program and in-house workshops is integral to their enjoyment, support and sense of belonging. Most importantly, we see the benefits of this paid forward in the swimmers taking lessons.

Led by our Head of Aquatics, Brad Harris, this ensures a graduated development pathway from learn to swim classes to our swimming club.



The first step is to book an assessment with one of our experienced teachers. This assessment ensures that your child is teamed with the most appropriate teacher and class type.

To make an appointment please email Artemis Reception.