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

Further aquatic development is encouraged through local squadswater sport clubs and platform diving program.


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 without an aid
  -  Demonstrate a torpedo (no aid)


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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 without an aid, back and front
  -  Demonstrate freestyle and backstroke
  -  Follow instruction in a class situation


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Pre-requisites:  Skills - all Swim-Prep level skills
Students per class: 



Swim 1 establishes the foundation for the strokes of Freestyle and Backstroke, we also introduce the survival strokes. 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: 

  -  25m freestyle with correct breathing, maintain technique
  -  25m backstroke, maintain technique
  -  Demonstrate breaststroke kick, survival backstroke kick, butterfly kick
  -  Demonstrate head first sculling
  -  Sequence: Deep water entry - float/scull - recover to edge


Swim 2 marlin
Skills - all Swim-1 level skills

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



Swim 2 is all about extension. Freestyle and Backstroke techniques are further developed and improved, allowing for extended distances to be covered. The child is also introduced to the complete 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. We explore some competitive aspects of swimming like dives and turns, along with an introduction to basic survival and water safety practices.

Skills taught in this level: 

  -  50m freestyle, maintain technique
  -  50m backstroke, maintain technique
  -  25m breaststroke
  -  25m survival backstroke
  -  25m sidestroke
  -  Demonstrate butterfly
  -  Demonstrate deep water dive

Further aquatic development is encouraged through local squadswater sport clubs and platform diving program.

 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 6999 or email via dkhac@hobartcity.com.au.


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

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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: 

6 (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.

LTS Calendar

The Direct Debit dates for 2021 Term 4 are:

  • Monday 11th October
  • Monday 25th October
  • Monday 8th November
  • Monday 22 November
  • Monday 6th December

Start of Term 1, 2021: Monday 15th February

End of Term 1, 2021: Wednesday 31st March

Start of Term 2, 2021: Monday 26th April

End of Term 2, 2021: Saturday 3rd July

Start of Term 3, 2021: Monday 19th July

End of Term 3, 2021: Saturday 25th September

Tasmanian Short Course Championships - Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2021

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


Enrolments for Term 4, 2021

Enrolments for Term 4, 2021 are now closed.


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If you would like to be added to the wait-list for next year, enter your preferences through the link below:



We are only running an Aquatic Holiday Program in January, before the start of Term 1.

When this program is open for booking, we will post the details here.

DKHAC Aquatic Team



Our new 2021 Adult Program at DKHAC is being designed to accommodate all levels of swimmers.


To start the process to get involved in the next program... just complete our online survey linked below:



Adult Swim Programm Information

Our newly designed Adult Swim program is aimed to provide an introduction to the swimming environment, learning basic swimming skills and developing water confidence.  

The program aims to give a clear and accessible pathway for those community members that have previously experienced barriers to starting their aquatic journey, as well as a progression through to independent swimming. During each four-week program, the classes will build water awareness, confidence, skills and knowledge.  

The sessions have been developed to guide the participants on the path to becoming an active and safer swimmer and increase the opportunities for individuals to safely participate in water-based recreation and sport.  

Available to all Tasmanian community members aged 16 years and over, the Adult Swim Program will run during the school terms and enrolment is subject to availability.


Program Levels 

LEVEL 1: Adult Discovery – 4-week program, Session Duration: 45 minutes – max 4 students. 

Our beginning level is appropriate for persons with no previous understanding or exposure to water. 

Description: Adult Water Discovery will be a multi-faceted program that provides adults with fully supervised water access. This program is designed as an entry point for adults who have never been in, or have had minimal contact with water during their life. This program will enable all participants to have a basic understanding of water-based activity and familiarisation. We move through towards unsupported entry and basic water-based competency. By the end of this level, participants will be at the stage where they can adapt to confidently negotiate and navigate water from zero depth to a depth of comfortable manageability, including submersion.  
Cost: $2.50 per session, $10.00 per program  

LEVEL 2: Adult Swim1– 4-week program, Session Duration: 45 minutes – max 6 students. 

The next step in your aquatic journey involves getting more comfortable in the water and starting to learn skills required for swimming by yourself. 

Description: Swim1 is working on skill development pre and post submersion. This program incorporates aquatic breathing, submersion for objects, jump or stride entry, dive entry, and basic survival techniques. Pending the participant’s progression, considerations will be made to incorporate stroke instruction.  
Cost: $12.50 per session, $50.00 per program  

LEVEL 3: Adult Swim2 – 4-week program, Session Duration: 45 minutes – max 8 students. 

Our final swim level starts to build your confidence in your aquatic skills, extend your distance and broaden your understanding of the aquatic environment. 

Description: Stroke correction, distance improvements, building efficiency and effectiveness of strokes. 
Cost: $20.30 per session, $81.20 per program

What to take to your first adult swimming lesson? 

Upcoming mini-term start dates:

  • Term 2a: week beginning 03/05/2021
  • Term 2b: week beginning 07/06/2021
  • Term 3a: week beginning 26/07/2021 
  • Term 3b: week beginning 30/08/2021
  • Term 4a: week beginning 18/10/2021
  • Term 4b: week beginning 15/11/2021

Lap Swimming

To start the process to get involved in the next program... just complete our online survey linked below:





Take the Plunge with Diving Tasmania

Diving Australia and Diving Tasmania is pleased to announce that diving is back in full force in Hobart beginning July 26, 2021.

Running out of the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, lessons are open to people of all ages and sporting backgrounds.

With a world class facility and nationally qualified coaches, now is your chance to dive back into fun.

Contact Diving Tasmania for more information:





DKHAC have some great water sport clubs that work with the Centre to bring you more aquatic challenges!


Water Polo

  • Water Polo teaches you to be a member of a team, love water, to be strong, as well as waking up your inner competitive nature and building a strong passion inside you!
  • Water Polo Tas: president.wptas@gmail.com


Underwater Hockey

  • Want to try something different? Underwater Hockey is a fun safe sport for anyone aged 10 and up. It combines speed, skill and teamwork in a way that you don’t find in other sports. We welcome new players at any time and provide you with a safe environment to learn.
  • Chris Wright (0419 561 740) / president@underwaterhockey.com.au


Water Basketball

  • Water Basketball is a combination of basketball, water polo and netball rules resulting in a great social non-contact mixed sport for female and male adults.
  • Water Basketball Tasmania: shane@hamelconsulting.com.au


Underwater Rugby

  • Underwater Rugby is a full contact sport played in a deep pool with two teams of players aiming to score goals by placing the ball into the opponent's basket, located at the bottom of the pool at each end of the playing area.
  • Underwater Rugby Tasmania: uwrtas@gmail.com


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:


DKHAC Aquatic Program FAQs

Below are the current DKHAC Aquatic Program forms:

LTS School Enrolment Form(PDF, 236KB)

Adult Swim Program Enrolment Form(PDF, 287KB)

Direct Debit Form(PDF, 606KB)

Terms and Conditions(PDF, 71KB)

What times do the programs run?
The DKHAC Aquatic Programs run in-line with the school terms (see the Calendar tab for details).

Weekday Infants Program

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • From 9:30am to 12:20pm
  • 30 minute lessons with 5 minute gaps between each class
  • Lesson start times 9:30am / 10:05am / 10:40am / 11:15am / 11:50am

Weekday After-School LTS Program

  • Monday to Friday
  • From 3:45pm to 6:35pm (6:00pm on Friday)
  • 30 minute lessons with 5 minute gaps between each class
  • Lesson start times 3:45pm / 4:20pm / 4:55pm / 5:30pm / 6:05pm

Saturday LTS Program

  • From 8:15am to 12:15pm
  • 30 minute lessons with 5 minute gaps between each class
  • Lesson start times 8:15am / 8:50am / 9:25am / 10:00am / 10:35am /  11:10am / 11:45am

Adult Aquatic Program

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • 45 minute lesson from 6:45pm to 7:30pm

Can I come for a swim on days other than my lesson day?
During the swim year (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.

Where the swim school booking is for a child under the age of 6, this free access includes the responsible person access to the Centre and pool.
Where the swim school booking is for a child under the age of 11, this free access includes the responsible person access for supervision purposes.

Our Adult Swim Program gives free access to the Centre from the start of your first lesson to the end of your last lesson in the 4-week mini-term.

Your access card needs to be presented at the front Customer Service Desk when accessing the pool. Should you lose your RFID access card and require a replacement, there is a standard $10.00 replacement fee.

What is the DKHAC LTS Absence Policy?

We only provide credit to your family account for the reasons listed below. We require an email from the Responsible Person to be sent to dkhac@hobartcity.com.au outlining the reason for the absence so that the Aquatic Team can process the credit.

  • Person feels unwell / guardian(s) 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.

  • Person misses a lesson for other medical reasons - Just provide us with a doctors medical certificate and we will put credit straight onto your account.

  • 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.

  • Can I have a make-up lesson for a missed class? We do not offer make-up lessons in our programs.

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.

As an existing customer, do I need to re-enrol for next term?
All existing customers are automatically re-enrolled into next term. We will email you a booking confirmation as soon as the program is finalised and your child has been assessed and allocated a position.

For more information, see the Enrolment section.

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 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.

Do you run any school holiday programs?
We run a week long school holiday program in January, before the year's lesson begin. All of our current swimmers have full access to the Centre throughout the swim-year to gain experience and confidence.

How can I pay for my lessons?
Customers have two options regarding payment:

  1. Direct Debit: Fees are paid fortnightly direct from your account. Direct Debit Form(PDF, 604KB)
  2. Pay-as-you-go: Paid at the Customer Service Desk either in-person or over the phone. Customers need to have their account paid-up to enter the Centre. You can pay with either cash or credit card - you can pay the balance owing OR as much as you like to cover future fees.

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.

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.









 Are you interested in becoming a swimming teacher? Click here to see the current opportunities at DKHAC. dkhac@hobartcity.com.au
(03) 6222 6999