Learn to swim

Join in the fun, professional and affordable swimming lessons for children and adults at Maitland Aquatics.

Maitland Indoor Pool will be temporarily closed for maintenance from Sunday 23 September until Friday 12 October.​​​​​​ There will be no learn to swim or aqua programs running during the maintenance period. More information.

Infant Aquatics - Swim & Survive Wonder

Wonder is the water familiarisation component of the Swim and Survive program, designed specifically for children aged 6 to 36 months. Wonder is a child centred program which is taught with parent or carer and child together in the water.

Swim & Survive - Courage

Courage is the water confidence component of the Swim and Survive program, and is designed for children aged 3 to 5 years. Courage is fundamental to the development of basic foundation skills in swimming, survival and water safety, as is a positive attitude towards learning these essential skills.

Swim & Survive - Active

Active is the Swimming and Water Safety component of the Swim and Survive program, and is designed for children aged 5 - 14 years. Active is used to emphasise that the skills learnt in the program not only save lives, but provide a foundation for participation in a range of aquatic recreation, fitness and sporting activities.

Swim & Survive - Development

Development classes include the content provided in the top two Awards of the Swim and Survive Program as well as beginning to refine each of the four competitive strokes and introduces swimming techniques such as starts, finishes and turns.


If you are commencing a learn to swim program please ensure the following forms are completed prior to starting.

Maitland Aquatics partners with the Royal Life Saving ‘Swim & Survive’ program in weekly lessons from Maitland and East Maitland Aquatic Centers.

This program provides children from 6 months to 14 years with essential water safety skills and understanding as well as learning to swim in a fun, professional and supportive environment. All instructors are AustSwim accredited, with classes designed for beginners through to stroke development and fitness swimming levels. The Learn to Swim program is conducted during school terms, as well as an intensive program during the January school holidays. Private lessons and adult learn to swim lessons are also available. 

The infants program (Swim & Survive Wonder) is run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Whilst the other lessons (Swim & Survive - Courage, Active and Development) are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons as well as Saturday morning.

Our term fees are payable up front when booking or via direct debit.

Bookings are essential so please contact Maitland Aquatics on 02 4933 5073 or learntoswim@maitland.nsw.gov.au to make an enquiry.

Below is a guide to the various stages of the 'Swim & Survive' program.