Learn to Swim

DKHAC's simple to follow aquatic program provides a clear and understandable pathway for your child from the first time they experience the water, right through to the end of their aquatic journey. For fees and charges relating to the aquatic programs, please click here.

Learn to Swim


DKHAC's Learn to Swim program is designed to guide its participants along the aquatic pathway from water familiarisation to water confidence. We focus on the core aquatic skills and on developing an understanding of safety in and around the water.

This program is offered to children from ages 4 years (kindergarten) and up.

Our levels are: Discovery > Swim Prep > Swim 1 > Swim 2 > Aquatic

We do not offer an internal Squad / Competitive program, but instead work closely with the local competitive clubs to transition those children looking for a competitive channel.


Discovery crab
Age - over 4 years

Parents / Guardians are not in the water for this level, child needs to be able to be confident and independent in the water.
Students per class: 



Discovery is fundamental for learning foundational swimming skills, water safety and water survival within a supportive environment that encourages the independence of the child. The Discovery program guides children through fun and safe activities, gradually building upon their breathing, floating and movement skills, supporting the development of trust and learning through independent interaction with the instructor.

Skills taught in this level:    -  Safe entry and exit
  -  Get your face wet
  -  Float and recover with aid
  -  Demonstrate a kick with an aid.  


Swim Prep jelly.png
Skills - all Discovery level skills
Students per class: 



Swim Prep further builds upon the child’s basic swimming skills, water safety, water survival and introduces basic rescue skills to the class. The Swim Prep program has a supported focus on preparing the child for independent swimming lessons.

Skills taught in this level:    -  Independent float and recover, back and front
  -  Effective kick with aid, back and front
  -  Demonstrate freestyle and backstroke
  -  Follow instruction in a class situation.


Swim 1 fish1.png
Pre-requisites:  Skills - all Swim-Prep level skills
Students per class: 



Swim 1 establishes the foundation for the strokes of Freestyle and Backstroke. There is an increased focus on water balance, sculling skills and developing the child’s understanding of how they move through the water. The Swim 1 program also continues to reinforce water safety and water survival, including exposure to deep water forming an essential component of this level.

Skills taught in this level:    -  Deep water entry - float/scull - recover
  -  12.5m freestyle with correct breathing, maintain technique
  -  12.5m backstroke, maintain technique
  -  Demonstrate sculling head first and feet first


Swim 2 marlin
Skills - all Swim-1 level skills

Depth - able to swim in deep water   
Students per class: 



Swim 2 is all about refinement. Freestyle and Backstroke techniques are further developed and improved, allowing for extended distances to be covered. The child is also introduced to the lifesaving survival strokes. The Swim 2 program helps the child to further develop an understanding of deep water and learning the skills to begin to safely operate out of their depth, all of which become a core tenet for this level.

Skills taught in this level:    -  25m freestyle, maintain technique
  -  25m backstroke, maintain technique
  -  Demonstrate deep water dive
  -  Demonstrate breaststroke and survival backstroke


Skills - all Swim-2 level skills

Depth - able to swim in deep water 
Students per class: 


Extending the experience beyond strokes to other parts of aquatic learning including introduction to competitive aspects of swimming like starts and turns, bigger focus on water safety and survival techniques, and Introduction to water sports like water polo, underwater hockey, underwater basketball and rugby.

Skills taught in this level:   -  50m freestyle, maintain technique
  -  50m backstroke, maintain technique
  -  50m breast-stroke, maintain technique
  -  50m survival backstroke, maintain technique



Our current modified program offers lessons from Monday to Saturday depending on availability. To find out about enrolment, please contact our Aquatic Team on (03) 6222 6977 or email via dkhac@hobartcity.com.au.

We do not offer an internal Squad / Competitive program, but instead work closely with the local competitive clubs to transition those children looking for a competitive channel.

Club contacts:


Wonder levels are a child-centred  program, taught in the water with the parent / carer and child together. The parents’ participation is essential to their child's aquatic education, and the Wonder program allows for the development of skills, knowledge and confidence of both the child and parent through the delivery of water familiarisation, exploration and water safety skills, all within a supported environment.

For babies 6 months to toddlers up to 4 years we build water confidence and provide experiences to help the parents better understand some of the foundations that will give children a positive experience in the water (respecting the skills and limitations of each child) 

For children under 4 years of age that want to continue their aquatic journey, we offer an optional Wonder 4 level where parents/guardians are in the water as we begin to explore independence.


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Age Guide: 
6 months to 1 year
Students per class: 

6 (Parents in the water)


This level will be most children's first experience in the swimming lesson world. This level gently welcomes babies (and parents) to the swimming experience. Teachers guide parents to understand all proper holds and cues, as well as fun activities to ensure a positive experience into the water environment.

Skills taught include:

 - water familiarisation
 - enter and exit the water safely
 - submersion preparation
 - floatation on back and front
 - horizontal rotation


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Age Guide : 
1 year to 2 years
Students per class: 

6 (Parents in the water)


In this age group, toddlers begin to independently explore a variety of aquatic experiences. Using their body more actively to pull with arms and to pump with their legs. Working on breath control and submersion when they are ready, the introduction to blowing bubbles, self holding and flotation with assistance, and assisted small jumps /glides.


Skills taught in this level: 

 - water familiarisation
 - introduction to submersion
 - assisted back and front flotation
 - vertical body rotation
 - kicks and pulls introduction
 - blowing bubbles introduction
 - assisted self holding


Wonder 3 starfish.png
Age Guide : 
2 years to 3 years
Students per class: 

6 (Parents in the water)


This is the last compulsory level of adults and children in the water together ... the adults are guided by teachers to encourage their kids to build confidence and independence through fun activities designed to develop skills and be aware of safety.

The ultimate aim here is to build the bridge for the next step on the child's aquatic journey, being in a class on their own.

Skills taught in this level:
 - independently and safely entry and exit
 - face submerged and bubbles
 - back flotation
 - kick and pull action with an aid
 - safe jumps returning to the wall


Wonder 4  fish 2  NEW OPTIONAL LEVEL
Age Guide : 
Over 3 years
Students per class: 

4 (Parents in the water)


This is an new optional level keeping adults and children in the water together while extending skills and building confidence. The aim of this level is to gently prepare kids for independent lessons. In this level parents and teachers work together to lead and encourage the kids to be independent and follow instructors in the water.

Skills taught in this level:
  -  Independently enter and exit the water safely
  -  Get your face wet by yourself
  -  Independent float and recover with aid
  -  Independent kick with an aid   


Private NDIS


DKHAC offer 1:1 swimming sessions to children that meet a basic NDIS criteria. Private NDIS sessions are available throughout the week depending on availability.

DKHAC do not provide private classes outside of this offering.

If your child meets and is registered on NDIS, please contact us via dkhac@hobartcity.com.au for more information.

Holiday Programs

The current 2021 January Holiday Programs are closed to new enrolments.

  • Week #1, 4-day program: Monday 11th January 2021 to Thursday 14th January 2021 <CLOSED>
  • Carnival Prep: Friday 15th January 2021 <CLOSED> 
  • Week #2, 4-day program: Monday 18th January 2021 to Thursday 21st January 2021 <CLOSED>



As a result of the current COVID-19 guidelines and the available pool space while the refurbishments continue in the Centre, we are unable to deliver our new adult learn to swim program until 2021. 

Our new 2021 Adult Program at DKHAC is being designed to accommodate all levels of swimmers. See below to register your interest.

Lap Swimming  

To be informed about the new program, when it's ready to go ... just email us at dkhac@hobartcity.com.au with the following details:

  - Contact name
  - Contact phone number
  - Brief description of your swimming ability


Holiday Program Week #2 : Monday 18th January 2021 to Thursday 21st January 2021

Start of Term 1, 2021: Monday 15th February

End of Term 1, 2021: Wednesday 31st March

Term 1 Public Holidays

  • Monday 8th March - Eight Hours Day

Start of Term 2, 2021: Wednesday 21st April

End of Term 2, 2021: Saturday 3rd July

Term 2 Public Holidays

  • Monday 14th June - Queen's Birthday

Start of Term 3, 2021: Monday 19th July

End of Term 3, 2021: Saturday 25th September

NO Term 3 Public Holidays

Start of Term 4, 2021: Monday 11th October

End of Term 4, 2021: Saturday 11th December

Term 4 Public Holidays

  • Thursday 21st October - Royal Hobart Show
  • Friday 22nd October / Saturday 23rd October - no LTS classes


We will have the 2021 term 1 schedule ready for enrolments shortly. As soon as the classes are in place, we will be contacting all of our enrolled customers to confirm their booking AND we will work through the enquiries from new customers as soon as we can. If you have not heard from us by Feb 5th, please email us at dkhac@hobartcity.com.au

Current Customers

All of our existing customers (direct debit customers AND Pay-as-you-go) will be automatically re-enrolled for Term 1 of 2021. 

Once the term has completed we will be designing the next year's class structure and enrolling current students into the 2021 classes. We will email every existing customer with the new class time and day to confirm the new booking.

New Customers

If you are not currently part of the existing program and would like to be added to our wait list for Term 1, 2021, please let us know via dkhac@hobartcity.com.au. We hope by that time that the maximum numbers permitted in the pool hall will have been increased.

Any further developments will be updated here, on our website, and via our social media channels.



DKHAC Aquatic Program General FAQs

What changes to the lessons have been implemented due to COVID-19?
COVID-19 has meant we have had to look at the way we deliver our classes in terms of both the area they are taught in AND the classes design itself. Subject to the guidelines in place at the time, we plan to have:

  • a new setup of lanes / class spaces.
  • our student-per-class numbers to be lower.
  • a larger time gap between classes to allow for all equipment to be cleaned after every change of class.
  • spectator numbers to be restricted.
  • contact tracing of spectators / guardians

We understand that teaching children to swim is vital and that is why we are working to reinstate our full learn to swim program as soon as possible.

However, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the Centre and its operations.

We fully understand your concerns and the importance of learn to swim classes for your child.

We look forward to being able to resume full classes in the future. Until such time, we kindly ask for your patience and cooperation as we endeavour to navigate these uncertain times while delivering the modified class format.

Can I attend my child's swimming lesson?
We need to be able to contact trace all entries to DKHAC.  

By enrolling into the DKHAC Aquatic Program you understand that should we need to contact trace an event, we expect each Responsible Person to be able to identify the spectator that accompanied your child on any given session. The expectation is that the person who attended with the child will then follow government recommendations and contact tracing requirements.

What should I do if my child feels unwell?
As per our conditions of entry under COVID-19, no person who is experiencing flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever) is permitted entry to the Centre.

Please contact the Aquatic Team at dkhac@hobartcity.com.au as soon as possible so that we can organise a credit on your account.

What should I do if my child misses a lesson for other medical reasons?
Just provide us with a doctors medical certificate and we will put credit straight onto your account.

Do I need to re-enrol for next term?
All direct debit customers are automatically re-enrolled into next term. Pay-as-you-go customers have to indicate that they are wanting to re-enrol before current term ends.

For more information, see the Enrolment section.

When does next year’s term start?  
We have decided to begin term 1 2021 on Monday the 15th of February 2021. this gives our customers a chance to get themselves into the school term before the extra-curricular activities kick-in! Of course, this is subject to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time. 

Do I have to re-enroll for 2021 if I was in classes last year? 

No, you don’t have to do anything to re-enroll. We will organise the new program and endeavor to book your child into a similar day/time class as they were in last year, that will also meet the LTS progression needs. Then once we have booked you into the new program, we will contact you and see if there are any alterations needed like a change of day or time. 
This is for everyone who is in classes now, whether you pay Direct Debit or Pay-as-you-go AND have no outstanding debt on their DKHAC account. 

When can I change the day/time of my booking? 

Once we have determined your child’s level for 2021 and commenced the booking process, we will be in touch to determine your preferences.  This is when you can let us know if a change to the class day or time is required. 

How will you know which level to put my child into next year? 

We have recorded where your child is expected to be in 2021 and use this to arrange classes for the new program. Remember, we use the levels to group the swimmers into classes of similar skill sets. Teachers are always encouraged to explore, challenge and advance the students along the aquatic education pathway during the term. 

Can I suspend the swimming lessons?
No suspensions are allowed in the DKHAC Aquatic Program. We run on a school term basis, so there is no need to suspend your classes for the holidays. We do offer credit to your account for any missed classes as described above.

Can I cancel my swimming lessons anytime?
You can cancel your enrolment at any time. The Responsible Person just has to email us at dkhac@hobartcity.com.au requesting the date they would like the cancellation to be applied from (cannot be in the past). We need at least 3 days before a direct debit run to ensure you are not charged for the coming fortnight, you can check the direct debit dates on our Calendar.

Can I come for a swim on days other than my lesson day?
During the swim term (Feb 15th 2021 to Dec 11th 2021) a swim school booking gives that person access to the DKHAC pools, subject to any restrictions in place at the time.

From what age should my child start to have swimming lessons?
Lessons start from 6 months age. We encourage an early start to build confidence, familiarisation with water environment and development of body skills.

Do swimming lessons prevent kids drowning?
Even though swimming lessons help to develop swimming skills, kids always have to be supervised while in a water environment.

Can I enrol anytime?
Enrolment in the current term is only available up to the first two weeks of that term. All new enrolments made after this cut-off point will roll into the next term. This allows our classes to maintain consistency and gives the instructors and students the best chance to work together and learn together. Check the Enrolment section for up-to-date information.

Can I change days for swimming lessons?
You can change the days, as long as there is availability into the same level and the move has been authorised by one of the Aquatic Team Supervisors. We try to minimise movement during terms as the disruption to an existing class can be significant.

Can I change level anytime?
Levels can be swapped / changed within the first two weeks of the term in order to maintain consistency and allow progress of the class group. If you feel your child is enrolled into a wrong class, you can contact one of Aquatic team supervisors on pool deck.

Are the classes running all year?
We work on term based structure. Classes operate in blocks which align with the school terms. There are Holiday Programs available during the school holiday periods.

What happens if I am charged for a lesson that didn't happen?
If you have already paid for a lesson that didn't happen the credit will stay in your family account and be used for the next payment on that account. If you would prefer to have the amount refunded, you can contact the Aquatic Team directly and they will help you get the refund process underway. 

Do I get charged during holidays?
No, you aren't charged during the holidays. Our swimming terms run in line with the school term, check the calendar for specific dates.

Can I get discount when enrolling more than one child into the swimming lessons?
There is a 25% discount for the third child onward from any single family unit.

How do I change my payment method, or bank details on my family account?
You just need to download the Direct Debit Form, then scan and send it to dkhac@hobartcity.com.au

How can I claim a refund?
The person responsible for the family account must send an email to dkhac@hobartcity.com.au requesting a refund. Please include as much detail as you can, you will be contacted by the Aquatic Team to explain the process and get your refund request moving.

Do you offer private lessons?
DKHAC offer 1:1 swimming sessions only to children that meet a basic NDIS criteria.

When is the diving program coming back to DKHAC?  
We do not have an update on when the Diving program will be back up and running. There are discussions currently underway with Dive Australia about the format and structure of the program. We will make sure our dive customers are updated as soon as we have information to share. The information will be shared via email and on our website. 

We do not offer an internal Squad / Competitive program, but instead work closely with the local competitive clubs to transition those children looking for a competitive channel.

Club contacts:

(03) 6222 6977