Learn to Swim

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Let us help you with your progress along the Aquatic Pathway! We have programs for everyone.Children in a Learn to Swim Class

All of our Aquatic Programs including Learn to Swim, Guardians, Adults and Equal Access Program are almost always booked to capacity. Our enrolment process for each program are outlined below in the FAQ. There are very limited opportunities to currently join these programs, please follow the instructions below to give yourself the best chance to secure a position.

Fees and charges for the Aquatic Programs can be found here: Current Fees and Charges

DKHAC Learn to Swim is a member of the Australian Swim Schools Association.

Australian Swim Schools

How do you Enrol? 

At DKHAC we have a few principles that guide our enrolment process for the LTS Program:

1) We always organise our existing customers first. If you are in the program, we will try and accommodate you and your family in regards to time /day options before we enrol new customers.

2) We only enrol new LTS customers up to week 2. The enrolment period for new customers once the term starts is the first two weeks of the term. We do not enrol new customers after this period. (see the Calendar for specific dates).

3) We enrol from our online enrolment preference list. We keep our preference-list in a strict order of first-come-first-served. Sometimes the restraints on availability mean that people miss out on multiple occasions, but we try and accommodate all enquiries as best we can.

Learn to Swim

Status: CLOSED

Enrolment preferences for Term 2 are now closed. The enrolment process for the next term will be completed before the end of the current school holidays. We will update this page when the contact list has re-opened for new enrolments.


Guardians Program

Status: CLOSED

Enrolment preferences for Term 2 are now closed. The enrolment process for the next term will be completed before the end of the current school holidays. We will update this page when the contact list has re-opened for new enrolments.



Adult Swim Program

Status: CLOSED

Enrolment preferences for Term 2 are now closed. The enrolment process for the next term will be completed before the end of the current school holidays. We will update this page when the contact list has re-opened for new enrolments.


Equal Access Swim Program


To start a conversation with our Disability, Access & Inclusion Officer and to see what availability there is in the program, please start the process by entering your enrolment details below:

Equal Access Program Enrolment button


Any questions, please contact us at dkhacaquatic@hobartcity.com.au

DKHAC Aquatic Forms

Below are the current DKHAC Aquatic Program forms:

Learn to Swim / Guardians Enrolment Form(PDF, 392KB)

Adult Learn to Swim Enrolment Form(PDF, 269KB)

Aquatic Programs Direct Debit Form(PDF, 132KB)

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

Weekday Morning Guardians Program

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

Weekend Guardians Program

  • Saturday
  • From 8:15am to 12:45pm
  • 30 minute lessons with 5 minute gaps between each class, plus a 30 minute break at 10:30am for our teachers
  • Lesson start times 8:15am / 8:50am / 9:25am / 10:00am / 10:35am 30 minute break / 11:05am / 11:40am / 12:15pm

Weekday After-School Learn To Swim Program

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

  • Friday
  • From 3:10pm to 6:00pm
  • 30 minute lessons with 5 minute gaps between each class
  • Lesson start times 3:10pm / 3:45pm / 4:20pm / 4:55pm / 5:30pm

  • Weekday Morning Discovery classes (small offering)
  • We have a very small number of positions available for Discovery level students during the week as part of the Guardian Program on Monday through Friday.

Saturday Learn to Swim Program

  • Saturday
  • From 8:15am to 12:45pm
  • 30 minute lessons with 5 minute gaps between each class, plus a 30 minute break at 10:30am for our teachers
  • Lesson start times 8:15am / 8:50am / 9:25am / 10:00am / 10:35am 30 minute break / 11:05am / 11:40am / 12:15pm

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:

  • 2024: Tuesday Feb 12th 2024 to Saturday Dec 14th 2024

... 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 DKHAC Pools (as per the LTS customers above) while you have an active and financial booking in the program.

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 $5.50 replacement fee.

NOTE - your booking in an Aquatic Program does not give you access to Members change-rooms or other Member only areas.

What is the DKHAC Aquatic Program Absence Policy?

Your booking fee secures the spot in the program, 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 dkhacaquatic@hobartcity.com.au outlining the reason for the absence so that the Aquatic Team can process the credit.

  • Person misses a lesson for medical reasons (including COVID-19) - Provide us with a signed Statutory Declaration as per the Department of Justice website https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/forms/statutory_declarations, and we will put credit onto your account. We will accept Statutory Declarations up to 14 days after a missed class.

  • Menstruation – Participants experiencing symptoms of menstruation.

  • Can I suspend the swimming lessons? Suspensions are NOT 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 for any of our aquatic programs.

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. 

Can I enrol anytime?
Enrolment in the current term for Learn-to-Swim customers is available throughout the program EXCLUDING the last 4 weeks of each term. You can check the exact dates on the Calendar here

Enrolments for Guardians and the Adult Swim Programs are available throughout the terms depending on availability through our wait-list process.

Check the Enrolment section for up-to-date information.

Can I cancel my swimming lessons anytime?
You can cancel your enrolment at any time. The Responsible Person needs to email us at dkhacaquatic@hobartcity.com.au requesting the cancellation 3 business days prior to the next direct debiting date, otherwise the account will be billed for the next period (no refunds available). You can check the direct debit dates on our Calendar.

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. All level changes require approval by the Aquatic Team. 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, check our Calendar page for details.

Do you run any school holiday programs?
We no longer offer school holiday programs. During the swim school year, our current Learn-to-Swim customers have full free access to the Centre for swimming.

How can I pay for my lessons?
At the end of Term 1, 2024 we will require our Aquatic customers to have a direct debit setup in our system:

Setup a Direct Debit:

  • Fees are paid fortnightly direct from your account.
  • Should your account default, payment can be made in-person at the Customer Service desk or over the phone.
  • Find the current Direct Debit form here

Ticket to Play

Ticket to Play is a Tasmanian Government initiative designed to reduce the cost of sport and active recreation membership and/or registration for eligible children.

Ticket to Play provides two vouchers worth up to $100 each towards swimming lesson fees for children aged 5-18 years who are listed on a Services Australia Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card or are in Out of Home Care. Vouchers can be used at two different activity providers, or both can be used at one activity provider.

The key objective of Ticket to Play is to increase the number of young Tasmanians participating in sport and active recreation.

Supported by the Tasmanian Government  


Who is eligible for a voucher?

Applicants must be:

  • aged between 5 and 18 years old at the time of application; and
  • listed on a valid Services Australia Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card (either their own or their parent, guardian or carer’s) or be in Out of Home Care

Special consideration may apply if the child is aged 5 to 18 years, is a resident in Tasmania and meets the following criteria:

  • the child/family is a temporary or provisional visa holder, undocumented migrant or international student.

What can I use a voucher for?

DKHAC Aquatic Programs are listed as an approved activity provider.

What is the process to apply the vouchers for the DKHAC Aquatic Programs?

  1. Go to the Ticket to Play website: https://www.tickettoplay.tas.gov.au/
  2. Apply for a voucher
  3. When you receive your voucher from Ticket to Play, email it to dkhacaquatic@hobartcity.com.au with your Child's full name and Date of Birth
  4. Our Aquatic Team will contact you by email when the voucher has been redeemed.

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 to cover the cancelled class. 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 / bank details on my family account?
You just need to download the Direct Debit Form, then scan and send it to dkhacaquatic@hobartcity.com.au

How can I claim a refund?
The person responsible for the family account must send an email to dkhacaquatic@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 assessment criteria through our Equal Access Program.

From what age should my child start to have swimming lessons?
We encourage an early start to build confidence, familiarisation with water environment and development of body skills. Our Guardian Program can help you understand the steps to introduce your child to the Aquatic environment.

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.

What can I do once I have completed the Learn to Swim program?

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

Squads - competitive swimmer


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:

Diving - take the plunge

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:

Contact Diving Tasmania


Water Polo - people playing water polo

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 - players in underwater hockey competition  

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 - player taking a shot in water basketball  

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 - player trying to score a try in underwater rugby

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



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 and up.

Our levels are: Discovery > Swim Prep Core > Swim Prep Skills > Swim 1 > Swim 2 > Swim 3

For parents that want to get involved with children under the age of 4 years, please see our Guardian Program.

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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.

Depth - in 25m pool, no exposure to deeper water without floatation.

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.

Experience in this level: 
  • Safe entry and exit
  • Get your face wet
  • Float and recover without an aid
  • Push and glide (no aid)
  • Demonstrate a torpedo (no aid)


Swim-Prep CORE Jellyfish


Skills - all Discovery level skills

Depth - in 25m pool, some exposure to out-of-depth water

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.

Experience in this level: 
  • Independent float and recover, back and front (roll-over)
  • Effective kick without an aid, back and front
  • Basics of freestyle and backstroke
  • Follow instruction in a class situation


Swim-Prep SKILLS Yellow fish


Skills - all Swim-Prep-CORE level skills

Depth - in 25m pool, some exposure to out-of-depth water

Students per class: 



Swim-Prep SKILLS focuses on body position and breathing techniques - as well as introducing more advanced survival skills like sculling and survival backstroke.

Experience in this level: 
  • Develop freestyle skills - side breathing, body position
  • Develop backstroke skills - body position
  • Introduce survival skills - survival backstroke, sculling


 Swim-1 Blue fish


Skills - all Swim-Prep level skills

Depth - in 25m pool, some exposure to out-of-depth water

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 limited exposure to out-of-depth water forming an essential component of this level.

Experience in this level: 
  • 12.5m freestyle with correct breathing
  • 12.5m backstroke
  • Demonstrate breaststroke and survival backstroke kicks
  • Demonstrate dolphin kick


Swim-2 Dolphin

Skills - all Swim-1 level skills

Depth - lessons in the 25m pool with some possible exposure to deeper water throughout the term.
Students per class: 



In Swim-2, Freestyle and Backstroke techniques are further developed and improved allowing for extended distances to be covered. We introduce the full survival strokes, serving as a basis for further development in Swim-3. The ongoing exposure to water safety and water survival continues, more focus on non-stroke based techniques like sculling. 

Experience in this level: 
  • 25m freestyle with correct breathing, maintain technique
  • 25m backstroke, maintain technique
  • Demonstrate breaststroke and survival backstroke
  • Introduce butterfly


 Swim-3 Deep Marlin

Skills - all Swim-2 level skills

Depth - deep water, students must be able to complete 25m swim un-aided. Classes are held in the Dive Pool / 50m pool.
Students per class: 



Swim-3 is all about extension. We extend distances again for Freestyle and Backstroke. The child is also introduced to the complete lifesaving survival strokes. The Swim-3 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 touch on some competitive aspects of swimming like dives and turns, along with an introduction to basic survival and water safety practices.

Experience in this level: 
  • Demonstrate deep water dive
  • 50m freestyle, maintain technique
  • 50m backstroke, maintain technique
  • 25m breaststroke
  • Demonstrate a variety of other survival strokes
  • Tumble-turn
  • Demonstrate butterfly
  • Sequence: Safety Jump - tread water / scull 5 minutes - recover to edge   



Guardian Training is an adult-centric 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 Guardian 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 Guardians with babies 6 months to toddlers up to 3 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 over 3 years of age that want to continue their aquatic journey, we offer an optional Guardian-Discovery level where children can begin to explore independence with their Guardian in preparation for lessons with a teacher-only structure.

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Guardian Online ModuleOctopus

This is an introductory online module designed to give Guardians a base understanding around skills and reasons for how we introduce children to the aquatic environment.

 Link  Access the online content for current enrolled customers: https://dkhac.teachable.com/

We recommend attending a CPR course for all of our Guardian participants, below are some links to providers we work with:

Royal Life Saving Tasmania 

St Johns Tasmania

Throughout the year we hold internal training sessions at DKHAC for our customers, We will list the details of these course here once confirmed.

Guardian-1 Jellyfish
Age Guide : 
6 months to 24 months
Students per class: 

6-8 (Guardians and children 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

Age Guide : 
24 months to 3 years
Students per class: 

6-8 (Guardians and children in the water)


In this age group, toddlers start to develop some independence. More effective pulls and kicks. Working on breath control and submersion, self holding and flotation.

Skills taught in this level: 

 - back and front flotation
 - vertical body rotation
 - kicks and pulls
 - blowing bubbles
 - self holding

Guardian-DiscoveryYellow fish  
Age Guide : 
Over 3 years
Students per class: 

6-8 (Guardians and children in the water)


This is the last level of guardians and children in the water together ... the Guardians 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.  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   

Equal Access



Child with disability swimming

About the Term-based Equal Access Swim Program

The Equal Access Program consists of specialised swimming lessons created to best support the learning and development of children with disabilities and neurological differences.

Classes are available in 1 on 1 or small group lessons sizes, allowing for skills and techniques to be approached by individual’s own strengths and communication styles.

The Equal Access program has more of a focus on water safety, familiarity and confidence building - but we always customise the program to suit the individual.

Lessons are taken by teachers with experience and training with children with disabilities and neurological differences in aquatic environments.


Open to all children and teenagers with any form of disability or neurological difference between the ages of 5-16. 

To start the enrolment process, fill in our online form here: 

Enrolment details for Equal Access Program - button


Pricing for the Equal Access Program is now the exact same as the Learn to Swim program, with concession rates available. More information can be found at:


DKHAC do not provide private classes outside of this offering.



Adult Swim Program Information

Our 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 term, 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. 

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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.

Supported by the Tasmanian Government

This program requires a direct debit payment to be setup, payment is fortnightly in advance OR upfront payment for the entire term in advance.

Direct Debit Form - swim_school_direct_debit_form_v2-2.pdf

Program Levels 

LEVEL 1: Adult Beginners – Session Duration: 45 minutes – max 4 students. 

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

Description: Adult Beginners is 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: $7.50 per session

    LEVEL 2: Adult Intermediate – 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: Intermediate 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. 

    Note, we split this level into two based upon swim distance:

    • Level Intermediate-A: aiming to swim 12.5 metres independently
    • Level Intermediate-B: aiming to increase distance to swim 25 metres independently

    Cost: $17.50 per session 

    LEVEL 3: Adult Advanced – 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: $25.00 per session

    What to take to your first adult swimming lesson?              


    CALENDAR FOR 2024.

    Download our Learn to Swim calendar to put on your fridge!! LTS-Calendar-2024.pdf(PDF, 353KB)

    The Direct Debit dates for 2024 Term 2 are:

    • Monday April 22nd, 2024 (this Direct Debit will run before the term starts, covering the first week of lessons only)
    • Monday May 6th, 2024
    • Monday May 20th, 2024
    • Monday June 3rd, 2024
    • Monday June 17th, 2024
    • Monday July 1st, 2024  (this Direct Debit covers the final week of lessons only)

    Start of Term 2, 2024: Monday 29th April

    End of Term 2, 2024: Saturday 6th July

    Term 2 Public Holidays

    • Monday 10th June - King's Birthday

    Number of weeks for Term 2

    Monday - 9 weeks
    Tuesday - 10 weeks
    Wednesday - 10 weeks
    Thursday - 10 weeks
    Friday - 10 weeks
    Saturday - 10 weeks

    Are you interested in becoming a swimming teacher? Click here to see the current opportunities at DKHAC.

    (03) 6222 6999