Which Swimming Level is right for my child?

Splash Baby:
6 weeks to 12 months

  • Introduction for parent and baby into water and safety skills
  • Games, singing and playing
  • Develop awareness and confidence in the water

Turtle Toddler:
12-36 months

  • More structured class environment
  • Emphasis on developing child’s body position in the water
  • Develop crucial survival skills (eg. slide entry)
  • Initiate independent movements and develop kicking skills

Stage 1:

  • Enter water safely
  • Exhale in water
  • Open eyes under water
  • Submerge
  • Float on front and back unassisted
  • Freestyle kick on front and back with aid

Stage 2:

  • Swim 5m freestyle
  • Correct breathing technical skills
  • Glide forward and kick 3m
  • Scull/ tread water
  • Glide backward, kick and recover

Stage 3:

  • Swim 10m freestyle
  • Glide forward and kick for 10m
  • Constant freestyle kicking on top of water
  • Demonstrate single arm and double arm freestyle with board
  • Demonstrate survival backstroke kick

Stage 4:

  • Swim 15m freestyle
  • Swim 10m backstroke
  • Swim 10m survival backstroke; or
  • Swim 5m breaststroke kick
  • Recover an object
  • Swim in deep water

Stage 5:

  • Swim 25m freestyle
  • Swim 15m backstroke
  • Swim 15m survival backstroke; or
  • Swim 15m breaststroke
  • Demonstrate a surface dive

Stage 6:

  • Swim continuously 50m freestyle
  • 25m backstroke
  • 25m breaststroke
  • 25m survival backstroke

Stage 7:
White Squad

  • Scull feet first on back
  • Demonstrate eggbeater kick
  • Swim 150m continuously of;
  • 50m freestyle
  • 50m breaststroke
  • 25m backstroke
  • 25m survival backstroke
  • 25m survival sidestroke
  • Survival sequence: 4 minutes continuous swimming using survival strokes only

Stage 8:
White Squad

  • Demonstrate dolphin kick
  • Swim 200m continuously of;
  • 50m freestyle
  • 50m backstroke
  • 50m breaststroke
  • 50m survival backstroke and sidestroke

Green Squad

  • Planned, structured coached program
  • Build fitness and technique on four competitive strokes
  • Improve each stroke, increase distance but maintain form

Blue Squad

  • Planned, structured coached program
  • Swimmers continue to develop technique on four competitive strokes
  • Focus on increased speed, efficiency, and endurance
  • Introduction of race techniques

At Waterwise Swim School, we provide swimming lessons for people of all ages, including babies as young as 6 weeks old through to adults.

Our primary focus is on safety. We are committed to preventing drownings in Western Australia, with a special emphasis on children and survival skills. Our aim is to equip all our students with essential water safety skills.

Enrolling your child is simple. You can reach out to us through our website or by giving us a call, and our friendly team will guide you through the enrolment process. To book online click here.

Our instructors are highly qualified and very experienced in teaching swimming. They are passionate, well-educated, and dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment. We hold nationally recognised qualifications from providers such as AUSTSWIM, Infant Aquatics and Royal Life Saving Society. Click to learn more about our qualifications and our team here.

Absolutely! We understand that children may occasionally miss lessons due to sickness, holidays, or other commitments. We offer the opportunity for makeup lessons.

Absolutely! We offer a 5% discount for the second child and a 10% discount for the third child in the same family!

Yes, we offer adult swimming lessons in Perth. It’s never too late to become a Waterwise swimmer, regardless of your age, so we offer adult beginner swimming classes through to stroke development classes for those who want to build on their skills. Learn more about our adult swim classes here.

What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to safety, our experienced team, and our dedication to excellence. We believe in going above and beyond the usual swimming skills and integrate safety and survival skills into our programs. We create a warm, friendly, and effective learning environment in our small classes, ensuring every student progresses in every lesson.

Certainly! We encourage you to visit your local Waterwise Swim School and meet our team. Your child’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

The class sizes vary depending on the program. In our Splash Baby Program, the maximum class size is 8 babies, who get into the pool with a parent or guardian. Our Adult Learn to Swim Lessons typically have 4 students only, while our private swimming lessons are obviously down to a one-on-one ratio!

For baby swimmers, we require a fitted reusable aqua nappy in the water. These are available from Waterwise Swim School or most supermarkets. Children need snug-fitting swimwear and a pair of goggles. We also recommend swim caps or fabric caps for children with long hair.

We take every lesson seriously, and if you have concerns about your child’s lessons or progress, we welcome you to discuss these with our instructors. We assure you that we are committed to each child learning and progressing to the absolute best of their potential and we are always on hand to discuss your child’s specific needs. As always, we’re only a phone call away, so please contact us if you’d like to discuss your child’s progress.

For the Splash Baby Swim Program, the minimum age is 6 weeks (we recommend starting after the first vaccinations). Parents or carers will be required to be in the pool with their child until the child reaches at least 3 years of age. At this point we can discuss whether your child can transition to parent-free lessons. Rest assured, our gentle approach will ease this transition for first-time solo swimmers who are anxious.

Yes, we do! We offer lessons on both Saturdays and Sundays at our Perth locations.

Our supervisors continually assess the classes to ensure the optimal level of learning and progress. We also provide ongoing skill tracking so you are able to stay across your child’s progress. We take your child’s progression seriously and we reflect this diligence by offering a continual assessment approach and capture real time improvements in order to provide the best swimming experience for both children and parents.

The suitability of a program depends on your child’s age, skill level, and specific needs. Our experienced instructors can assess your child’s abilities and recommend the most appropriate program to ensure they receive the best learning experience.

Yes! We offer private lessons for both adults and children, allowing for personalised instruction and focused attention.

To gather more information, please contact us through our website, email, or by giving us a call. We’re here to answer your questions and assist you in starting your swimming journey with Waterwise Swim School and making the best choice for your swimmer.

Pricing & Payment FAQs

Q: How much are swimming lessons in Perth?

Please contact us with any questions about pricing or which class is right for your child.

Q: How do I pay for Swimming Lessons?

We now offer more payment options to make things easier for you! You will still have the option of the current method, whereby invoices are emailed in the term prior for payment. Additionally, we offer a monthly direct debit option for an extended period of payment.

We prioritise drowning prevention, strive for the highest teaching standards, and provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all ages and abilities.


We provide Newborn Water Familiarisation, Baby & Toddler Lessons, and Survival Swim programs tailored to different age groups. Read more about that here.

Our programs focus on water safety, confidence, and skill development from a young age, setting the foundation for a lifetime of safe and enjoyable swimming.

Infant Aquatics is a global self-rescue survival swimming program which teaches essential skills like floating, turning, and breath control, ensuring water safety and health from an early age. Read more on Infant Aquatics here.

These classes are suitable for infants from 6 months to 3 years.

This program is designed for children 3 years and up. Students learn essential water survival strategies, including back floating, swimming on their face, and rolling over to float.

The course consists of approximately 25 to 30 lessons, scheduled up to 5 days a week for up to 10 weeks.

The course fee is $695 for babies not yet walking and $795 for children walking to age 6. Missed lessons may require additional fees, so we strongly encourage consistent attendance.

Absolutely, our Adult Learn-to-Swim program is designed for adults aged 14 and above with no prerequisite skills.
The program begins with drowning prevention skills and gradually introduces swimming strokes as students become more comfortable in the water.
However, for the Adult Swim Stroke Development program, students should have basic swimming skills. Likewise, basic water competence and safety are required for these Adult Specialty Training courses.

Our instructors are accredited water safety specialists with qualifications from bodies including AUSTSWIM, ASCTA & Royal Life Saving, Infant Aquatics™, and the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, ensuring the highest standards of instruction. Our staff also have current CPR and working with children (WWC) checks.

Yes, children can smoothly transition to our Pre-School Age Lessons to continue building their swimming skills.

Our School-Age Swimming Lessons are endorsed by Royal Life Saving, offering a progressive curriculum designed for a lifetime of water safety.

Children advance through Stages 1 – 8, acquiring essential swimming skills and stroke development under the guidance of our qualified instructors.

At Waterwise Swim School, we encourage parents to actively participate in their child’s learning journey. It’s essential for your child’s safety and provides you with the opportunity to witness their progress firsthand.

We recommend regular weekly lessons to optimise your child’s learning experience. Consistent practice plays a crucial role in skill development, ensuring your child becomes a confident swimmer.

Yes, our pools are heated to maintain a warm and comfortable temperature, typically ranging between 32-33 degrees. No matter the season, it’s always an ideal time for a swim at Waterwise Swim School. Our cutting-edge filtration system ensures the water quality remains impeccable.

Yes, we offer regular enrolments throughout the year, remember our pool is heated so it’s suitable for winter practice.

The program is designed to encourage children to continuously build and strengthen their swimming abilities, ensuring they meet Royal Life Saving’s skill assessment criteria.

Our instructors hold specific certifications from Austswim for teaching individuals with disabilities, focusing on individual needs and safety.