Children's lessons

Learning to swim or teaching your child to swim is one of the most important life decisions.

The Learn to Swim Program at Harold Holt Swim Centre, offers children's swimming lessons from infants through to school-aged children.

We provide a professional, safe and fun learning environment for children of all ages and abilities to build confidence and an enjoyment of water.

Learn to Swim membership and fees

$41.40 each fortnight.
We debit your account on Monday each fortnight.

Payments are debited all year, including school holidays and public holidays.

Your Learn to Swim membership includes:

  • one lesson a week
  • unlimited access to aquatic areas per student and one accompanying adult to Harold Holt Swim Centre and Prahran Aquatic Centre (excludes warm water pool, sauna, spa and steam)
  • 4 weeks free suspension*
  • 4 make up lessons*
  • 10 per cent discount on swimwear and accessories.


  • 10 per cent for the third and more family members
  • one child having two lessons each week gets five percent off the second lesson.

How to enrol

What level is my child?

Level  Age 
 Angelfish 6 - 12 months 
 Rainbowfish 1 - 2 years
 Clownfish 2 - 3 years
 Starfish (preschool) 3 years plus (no swimming experience)
 Seahorse (school aged) 5 years plus (no swimming experience)
 Squid - Shark Assessment required


We assess new students five years and older for free if they've already had swimming lessons.

Students have a 15-minute assessment with a swim instructor to assess their level.

Call 03 8290 1678 to book your free assessment.

Parent portal

Access your child’s skills, level information and assessments with our online portal.

Children are assessed twice per quarter.

Parent portal login

If you've forgotten your login details, email

Lesson Levels


Infant lessons are perfect for introducing your child to the water.

Lessons focus on:

  • submersion
  • floatation
  • movement
  • fundamental water safety skills, and
  • parent/child bonding in the water.

We develop their skills with fun activities, games and songs – so warm up those voices!

Infant lessons are for these age groups:

Level Ratio Location
Angelfish (6 - 12 months) 1:9 Warm Water Pool
Rainbowfish (1 - 2 years) 1:9 Warm Water Pool
Clownfish (2 to 3 years) 1:9 Warm Water Pool


Children three years and older have lessons without a parent in the water.

Each Learn-to-Swim level includes competitive swimming strokes and essential water safety skills.

Level Ratio  Location
Starfish 1:4 Learn to Swim Pool
Jellyfish 1:4 Learn to Swim Pool
Crab 1:5 Learn to Swim Pool
Seal 1:5 Learn to Swim Pool


Lessons for school-aged children focus on:

  • confidence and skill in the four competitive strokes, and
  • vital water safety skills.

As their skills grow, children progress through the following levels.

Class sizes and location vary depending on the level:

Level Ratio Location
Seahorse 1:5 Learn to Swim Pool
Squid 1:5 Learn to Swim Pool
Turtle 1:6 25m Pool
Frog 1:6 25m Pool
Penguin 1:6 25m Pool
Stingray 1:6 25m Pool
Snapper 1:8 25m Pool