Learn to Swim

The Geraldine District is fortunate to have a Learn to Swim Programme (LTS) for school aged children run by the Geraldine Swimming Club at the Domain Pool.   We are grateful to have the support of C-Bay to help align their LTS Programme with the Geraldine programme.  This should help those who want to continue swimming during the winter to transition easier between the local swimming pools.  


Learn to Swim Schedule:

This seasonal programme runs in two Blocks to coincide with the school terms.  Block One commences mid-November and runs for 5 weeks.  Block Two commences early February and runs for 5 weeks.  Children are enrolled for one block only.  We endeavour to meet parent’s requests for block allocations.


Entry age:

5 years at time of the lessons commencing.



 Lessons run on a Tuesday and Thursday. 

The time of the lesson is dependent on the level of the group however will be between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.  Lessons run for 30 minutes therefore it is essential all swimmers are ready and waiting poolside for their lesson.   Children are expected to attend all lessons as there is no refund policy for missed lessons.



Lessons are only cancelled in extreme weather conditions.  People will be notified by text message and it will also be on the Facebook page.  Lessons cancelled under these circumstances will be made up if practicable and time allows in the calendar.


Learn to Swim Fees:

$80 per swimmer per block of 10 sessions, a discount is available for early payment.  

Internet banking is the preferred option and details for this will appear on your account.


Swimmer Attire and equipment:

We recommend togs (board shorts create drag and weight making it difficult for the swimmer) and long hair must be tied back.  We advise against wetsuits as these give a false sense of buoyancy.  We are happy for swimmers to wear rash/thermal top.  Please ensure your child is sun-smart by applying a good layer of sunblock. 


Fun Race Nights:

At the begining and close of the season the club holds two Jelly Bean race nights.  Learn to Swim swimmers at the higher levels are encouraged to come down and have a go at racing.  


Contact Details:

 Contact LTS e-mail learn2swimgeraldine@gmail.com





Geraldine Swimming Club does not provide classes for children less than 5 years old.  However we wish to acknowledge the role of Geraldine Plunket in this area and have therefore received the following information from them:

"Geraldine Plunket” provides swimming confidence classes for children under 5 on Wednesday and Friday mornings for the month of February.  If you would like to sign up now or want more information on these, email us at geraldineplunket@gmail.com or find us on Facebook to receive regular updates of what we're up to."


We have aligned with C-Bay and welcome their assistance with our Club to continue to provide Learn to Swim locally:


This class is designed for beginners who may have a fear of the water and are not confident to submerge.  The aim is to develop water confidence and water safety skills.


The aim of the calss is for students to progress to devleop streamline kicking on front and back over 6 meters and water safety skills.


The aim of the class is for students to develop their freestyle and backstroke arm action over 8-10 metres and water safety skills.


The aim of this class is to introduce and master breathing over 12 meters.


The aim of the class is for students to develop freestyle with breathing and master backstroke over 17 metres.  Breaststroke kick and arm action is introduced at this level.


The aim of this level is to master controlled freestyle and backstroke over 25 metres and further develop breaststroke.


The aim of the class is for students to master stroke technique and distance with freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke over 50 metres.  Further develop individual water survival skills.

100 metres

Develop freestyle and backstroke endurance over 100 metres and other stroke drills introduced.  The aim os the class is for students to continue to receive stroke correcton on freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke over this distance.