Preschool and Child Swimming Lessons

Kids aged 3 years to 12 years

The crawling and tottering days are over. Children are more physically capable, with an increasing sense of adventurousness and independence. Wading pools and plastic clam shells full of water aren’t what they used to be. Now it is play dates at the pool, jumps, dives, ‘who-can-make-the-biggest-splash’ competitions, waves at the beach, perhaps snorkelling or surfing, and school swimming competitions. And for some, of course, the dream of one day being a champion swimmer.

The wonders of the world of water!

Whether your child has already learnt basic water skills and is ready for new challenges or whether your child is new to water and looking for encouragement in developing their confidence, Surrey Park has classes for all children at all levels to develop the confidence, skills, and appreciation of water safety needed so that they can enjoy water activities.

Our skilled instructors begin with simple skills such as comfortably putting your head under water and relaxed breathing, floating on your back, being in deeper water and basic safety techniques. As levels progress, swimming stroke technique and skills are developed across all strokes and at the higher levels children are taught more advanced swimming skills, including butterfly, diving, tumble turns, and other racing skills.

Throughout all levels an understanding of water safety is developed. Meanwhile, our ‘Lead Instructors’ are always poolside monitoring and providing ongoing assessment of the development of your child’s skills. Then, when they are ready – often much to the delight of children – they are invited to move up to the next level to further advance their skills.

Beyond this? We encourage each swimmer to progress to at least the end of our Junior beginner squad at Surrey Park. We are very pleased to say that many swimmers choose to progress into our junior intermediate squads for advanced level swimming and racing. We think this is an excellent indication of the success of our children’s swimming lesson program and how much kids have enjoyed the experience.

More lesson details are below our teen swimming information.

  • Fun, nurturing, and positive learning environment
  • Lead instructors continually update student progress on your customer portal
  • Strong focus on technique for all strokes from day one
  • Water safety and survival skills covered in all levels
  • Victorian Water safety certificate offered
  • Highly qualified teachers and instructors
  • Management and coordination team with many decades of swim teaching experience (some with 30+ years experience)
  • Extra assistance teachers to help when required
  • Many of our teachers and lead instructors are qualified to assess and sign off new swimming teachers
three teenagers smiling in swimming pool

Teen swimming lessons

Teenagers aged 11 years to 16 years

The teenage years. We’ve been through them. Fantastic years as we develop as people. We want to try new things, we want to participate, explore and define our own boundaries. Years also when it can be ‘oh so important’ (to us) that we fit in: socially with friends and peers, at school and school sport, and in leisure activities.

For many teens – particularly in Australia – water, water based activities, and swimming are an established part of life. But at Surrey Park we recognise that there are many teenagers for whom this may not be the case. There can be many reasons: a childhood fear or lack of confidence around water, limited exposure to water based activities (maybe because of environment or background), or simply because interests change and develop as we get older.

Then, as teens, we want to be able to join in. We want to leap in. And parents want their teens to be able to do so with confidence and safely.

Surrey Park offers a dedicated teenage swimming program for ages 11-16 years. Teenagers are placed in classes of no more than 4 swimmers of similar age and ability and lessons are both age and ability appropriate. Swimmers can join at beginner, intermediate or advanced level and swimming skills and water safety are taught. Progress through the levels is encouraged as swimmers skills develop.

At Surrey Park we know that there should be no barriers for teens to fully and safely enjoy water and everything it has to offer. It is our pleasure to give them the opportunity to do so. Enrol your teen today.

Level progression

Your child will progress from learning to put their eyes in the water to refining all competitive and survival strokes. Completing the program and swimming year-round ensures your child becomes a confident and safer swimmer.

When preschool swimmers start school they will join the corresponding school age class. For example a Pre-Level 2 will move to a Level 2 class.


As children reach the higher levels of our program, they start to completely master all four competitive strokes. It’s recommended to continue until completing until the end of Junior Beginner Squad to ensure your child receives the added benefits of enhance stamina, endurance, and finessed technique. By the end, swimmers possess the necessary skills and knowledge for various swimming environments, whether for competition or recreation. Please read more about level 8/Development squad, and Junior Beginner squad via the button below.


Lesson details

  • Lessons offered 7 days a week
  • 30 minutes per lesson
  • Pre School Classes (3 years to 5 years): 4 students per class
  • School Age Classes (5 years to 12 years): 4 to 6 students per class (level dependent)
  • Teen classes: (11 years to 17 years): 4 to 6 students per class (level dependent)
  • Specially trained instructors
  • Lessons in indoor, heated pools
  • Private and inclusion lessons are subject to availability

Water safety focus

Our skills criteria include targeted water safety training, where real-life scenarios are simulated and valuable survival techniques are taught. Teaching preschoolers, kids, and teens not only how to survive but also how to rescue in and around water is a vital life skill they will retain forever.

What to bring

  • Goggles
  • Cap if hair goes into eyes
  • Short blade fins: Level 6+ and Teen advanced
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Snack for after lesson
  • Shoes for walking around pool deck

My 2 daughters aged 2 and 8 have a wonderful swimming experience with Surrey Park. The teachers have all been great and have made the lessons such fun and positive experience that they both always look forward to their swimming every week. I would recommend Surrey Park in a heartbeat

AmyWhat our customers are saying

Surrey Park I find to be a safe and caring environment for my child to learn to swim and progress at her own pace

CarolWhat our customers are saying

I have had children and now grandchildren enrolled at Aqualink and Surrey Park Swimming for over 30 years now. So I have seen a lot of kids, teachers and lead-teachers come and go! Over these many years our family have always been impressed by the standard of swimming lessons, and the friendly knowledgeable administration staff who keep us unfailingly up-dated with any changes to teachers and deal with us at the desk or by phone so patiently.

Just yesterday I was thinking how I wanted to let Surrey Park Swimming know how good Heidi is with my grandson Liam, but then I remembered how good Abbey was with both Henry and Liam. And then I thought of David, and how he was fabulous with Henry and Liam, and now I am watching Ella teaching Joel in the pre-level morning classes, and I am so grateful for her gentle and clear teaching; she is helping him and his classmates gain confidence and ability. And as if anyone could overlook Pamela, who has also taught our grandsons, and who is so gifted with the 'water-afraid' and timid kids, and now is a friendly, interested lead-teacher on pool-deck, giving us caregivers/parents/grandparents peace of mind.

There are plenty of lead-teachers on deck, monitoring our children's progress and approachable and available for family members to talk to about any concerns we might have. So thankyou SP Swim School for your ongoing commitment and success at high-quality swimming lessons, equipping our children to defend themselves in the water, and in some cases to help form champions in the pool and open-water.


We’ve got you covered in the north and south eastern suburbs!

  • Mineral based pool water
  • Water gentle for sensitive skin
  • Private centre
  • Quiet centre for focused learning
  • Small class sizes
  • Specialised tuition
  • Consistent monitoring of progression

Suburbs our students travel from for lessons:

  • Box Hill South
  • Blackburn
  • Nunawading
  • Blackburn North
  • Forest Hill
  • Burwood East
  • Mitcham
  • Vermont
  • Glen Waverley
  • Mount Waverley
  • Doncaster
  • Doncaster East
  • Donvale
  • Burwood
  • Box Hill
  • Box Hill North
  • Whitehorse city council residents
  • Monash city council residents
  • Manningham city council residents
  • Stay and play after your lesson
  • Dedicated learning pool
  • Public centre
  • Learn to dive offered
  • Small class sizes
  • Specialised tuition
  • Consistent monitoring of progression

Suburbs our students travel from for lessons:

  • Box Hill South
  • Box Hill
  • Box Hill North
  • Surrey Hills
  • Deepdene
  • Mont Albert
  • Mont Albert North
  • Camberwell
  • Balwyn
  • Balwyn North
  • Auburn
  • Hawthorn East
  • Hawthorn
  • Burwood
  • Doncaster
  • Ashwood
  • Whitehorse city council residents
  • Boroondara city council residents
  • Monash city council residents
  • Salt and Mineral based pool water
  • Water gentle for sensitive skin
  • Private centre
  • Quiet centre for focused learning
  • Small class sizes
  • Specialised tuition
  • Consistent monitoring of progression

Suburbs our students travel from for lessons:

  • Heidelberg
  • Rosanna
  • Ivanhoe
  • Eaglemont
  • Viewbank
  • Lower Plenty
  • Macleod
  • Heidelberg Heights
  • Heidelberg West
  • Bellfield
  • Bulleen
  • Alphington
  • Fairfield
  • Ivanhoe
  • Kew
  • Kew East
  • Banyule city council residents
  • Manningham city council residents
  • Boroondara city council residents