Western Australia is a haven for swimming. Whether itís a backyard pool, a trip to the beach or the Swan River or a day at Adventure World, kids have ample opportunities to swim.
Given this, Perth kids are encouraged to start swimming lessons as early as possible. Children can learn to swim from six weeks of age at some centres, and there are plenty of swim schools to choose from in Perth.
While babies can start to learn to swim from as early as six weeks of age at some swim schools, others enrol at six months upwards.
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When choosing a swim centre, look for instructors who have relevant, Australian accreditations, such as the Active Training Swimming Instructor qualification, qualifications from Austswim, or other nationally recognised aquatic education training. When making enquiries, ask about class sizes and water safety programs, as well as cost structure and the minimum age for enrolment.
State Swim is possibly the most recognisable swim school. They are located in Canning Vale, East Fremantle, Ellenbrook, Joondalup, Kwinana, Osborne Park, Secret Harbour and Whitford City. State Swim offers Ďmake upí lessons if your child cannot attend on any given day. This simply means you can make up the missed lesson on another day. They cater for children aged six months upwards, and also run adult swim programs. You can find more information here.
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If you are looking to start your baby swimming as early as possible, Kirby Swim is the place to go. Located at Christchurch Grammar School, Claremont, Karrinyup, Mt Lawley, Mandurah and Wembley, their Baby Dolphin program is run at all locations (except Christchurch) and caters for babies aged six weeks to six months.
If you would prefer to wait until your baby is a tad older, Oceanic Waterbabies in Innaloo, Shenton Park and Success run lessons for babies aged ten weeks to nine months.
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Boutique swim schools that are not part of a franchise are another popular choice for parents due to the small class sizes. South of the river, for example, youíll find The Swim Factory in OíConnor, which caters for children from four months and offers make up lessons if your child misses a session.
Water safety is a must for Aussie kids.
If your local leisure centre has a swimming pool, they may offer swimming lessons, but check with the individual centres. Itís also a good idea to ask about their policy on make up lessons, as every place will be different. Costs will also differ between centres.
Itís never too early or too late to get your child in the water. Swimming is a wonderful, healthy pastime but itís important that Aussie kids know how to swim and be safe around water.