Learn to Swim

DKHAC's simple to follow aquatic program provides a clear and understandable pathway for you and 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 and up.

Our levels are: Discovery > Swim Prep > 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.

Further aquatic development is encouraged through local squads, water sport clubs and platform diving program.



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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.

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

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.

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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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.

Skills taught in this level: 
  • 12.5m freestyle with correct breathing
  • 12.5m backstroke
  • Demonstrate breaststroke and survival backstroke kicks
  • Demonstrate sculling 


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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. 

Skills taught in this level: 
  • 25m freestyle with correct breathing, maintain technique
  • 25m backstroke, maintain technique
  • Demonstrate head first and feet first sculling
  • Demonstrate breaststroke and survival backstroke


 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.

Skills taught in this level: 
  • Demonstrate deep water dive
  • 50m freestyle, maintain technique
  • 50m backstroke, maintain technique
  • 25m breaststroke
  • 25m survival backstroke
  • 25m sidestroke
  • Sequence: Safety Jump - tread water / scull 5 minutes - recover to edge   

Further aquatic development is encouraged through local squads, water 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.


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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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.


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Age Guide : 
6 months to 12 months
Students per class: 

6 (Guardians and children in the water)


This level will be most children's first experience in the aquatic world. This level shows Guardians how to gently welcome babies to the swimming experience. Teachers guide the Guardians 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 : 
12 months to 24 months
Students per class: 

6 (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 (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


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Age Guide : 
Over 3 years
Students per class: 

6 (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   

Disability Program



About the Term-based Program

The disability program consists of specialised one-on-one swimming lessons created to best support learning and development for children with disabilities.

Lessons are taken by teachers with experience and training with children with disabilities in aquatic environments and individual lessons mean that skills and techniques can be approached through the child’s own strengths and communication styles.

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

Classes are open to children of all ages and are currently running Mondays to Thursday. Lesson times are sometimes available in the early afternoon when the Centre is quieter, to accommodate children with sensory sensitivities.


To be considered for the DKHAC Disability Program you need to have a current NDIS plan, or equivalent.

Age Range: from 4 - 16 years old.

These are Private 1:1 sessions with our specialist instructor and involves a lot of pre-lesson work to make sure our program is customised to meet the goals of each individual customer.

To start a conversation with our Disability Officer and to see what availability there is in the program, please contact us directly at disabilityswimprogram@hobartcity.com.au

DKHAC do not provide private classes outside of this offering.


The Direct Debit dates for 2022 Term 3 are:

  • Monday 25th July 2022
  • Monday 1st August 2022
  • Monday 15th August 2022
  • Monday 29th August 2022
  • Monday 12th September 2022
  • Monday 26th September 2022

Start of Term 1, 2022:Tuesday 15th February

End of Term 1, 2022:Wednesday 13th April

Term 1 Public Holidays

  • Monday 14th February - Royal Hobart Regatta

  • Thursday 10th March to Monday 14th March - Tasmanian Long Course Championships - NO CLASSES

  • Monday 14th March - Eight Hours Day

Start of Term 2, 2022: Monday 2nd May

End of Term 2, 2022: Saturday 9th July

Term 2 Public Holidays

  •  Monday 13th June - Queen's Birthday 

Start of Term 3, 2022: Tuesday 26th July

End of Term 3, 2022: Saturday 1st October

Term 3 Public Holidays

  • Tasmanian Short Course Championships - Saturday 10th and 11th September

Weeks in Term 3

  • Monday = 9 weeks
  • Tuesday = 10 weeks
  • Wednesday = 10 weeks
  • Thursday = 10 weeks
  • Friday = 10 weeks
  • Saturday = 9 weeks

Start of Term 4, 2022: Monday 17th October

End of Term 4, 2022: Saturday 10th December

Term 4 Public Holidays

  • Thursday 20th October - Royal Hobart Show
  • Friday 21st October / Saturday 22nd October - no LTS classes

Weeks in Term 4

  • Monday = 8 weeks
  • Tuesday = 8 weeks
  • Wednesday = 8 weeks
  • Thursday = 7 weeks
  • Friday = 7 weeks
  • Saturday = 7 weeks


The Adult Program at DKHAC is designed to accommodate all levels of adult swimmers and runs on Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday nights from 6:45pm to 7:30pm

Our classes operate in line with the school terms as outlined on our Calendar tab.

Start of Term 3, 2022: Tuesday 26th July

End of Term 3, 2022: Saturday 1st October

Term 3 Public Holidays

  • Tasmanian Short Course Championships - Saturday 10th and 11th September

Weeks in Term 3

  • Monday = 9 weeks
  • Tuesday = 10 weeks
  • Wednesday = 10 weeks
  • Thursday = 10 weeks
  • Friday = 10 weeks
  • Saturday = 9 weeks


To start the process and record your enrolment preferences... just complete our online survey linked below:



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.  

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 – 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 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 Swim1– 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: $17.50 per session 

LEVEL 3: Adult Swim2 – 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?              

Lap Swimming

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




Enrolments for Term 1, 2022

Learn to Swim Program  

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 don't enrol new LTS customers during the term. The enrolment period is from the last day of the previous term to the end of week two of the next term. Introducing new customers to the program mid-term causes more disruption to our existing classes than is warranted.

3) We enrol from our online enrolment preference list. 14 days from the end of every term we ask people looking to join our program to submit their preferences via our online form. We keep the 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. 

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Our enrolment process for Term 3, 2022 is closed.

To put your details on our contact list for the next time we open our enrolment preferences, click on the link below:

Guardian Training  

The Guardian-Prep online module is made available to all enrolled customers in any of the Guardian Levels.

Enrolment for the Guardian 1, Guardian 2 and Guardian Discovery are available throughout the term, assuming there is availability within the program.

To start the enrolment process, you first need to record your enrolment preferences here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dkhacguardians


Adult Swim Program  

Our Adult Swim Program runs inline with the school terms.

We enroll customers based on previous enrolments and the online Adult Enrolment Preference list.

You can record your enrolment preferences here: 



Disability Program  

To be considered for the DKHAC Disability Program you need to have a current NDIS plan, or equivalent.

These are Private 1:1 sessions with our specialist instructor and involves a lot of pre-lesson work to make sure our program is customised to meet the goals of each individual customer.

To start a conversation with our Disability Officer and to see what availability there is in the program, please contact us directly at disabilityswimprogram@hobartcity.com.au



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



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:


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:




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


DKHAC Aquatic Program FAQs

Below are the current DKHAC Aquatic Program forms:

Learn To Swim / Guardian Enrolment Form(PDF, 236KB)

Adult Swim Program Enrolment Form(PDF, 287KB)

Direct Debit Form(PDF, 695KB)

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 Morning Guardians Program

  • Monday, Wednesday, 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

Weekday After-School Learn To Swim 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 Learn to Swim Program

  • 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:

  • 2022: Tuesday Feb 15th 2022 to Dec 17th 2022

... 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 (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 $10.00 replacement fee.

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 dkhac@hobartcity.com.au outlining the reason for the absence so that the Aquatic Team can process the credit.

  • COVID-19 related absences – Participant/ guardian(s) in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test OR the participant is a close contact as per the advice here: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

  • Menstruation – Participants experiencing symptoms of menstruation.

  • Person misses a lesson for other medical reasons - Just 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 straight onto your account.

  • 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.

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 for Learn-to-Swim customers 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. 

Enrolments for Guardians and the Adult Swim Programs are available throughout the terms depending on availability.

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. 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 section 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. If you are looking to join our Learn-to-Swim program, please check out the Enrolment tab.

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

  1. Direct Debit: Fees are paid fortnightly direct from your account.
  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 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 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 through our Disability 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.



Program  Officer Email
Learn to Swim Programs including Guardians / After school / Adults  Larissa Caselani   swimschool@hobartcity.com.au
Disability Program  Louis Clarke-Hodge  disabilityswimprogram@hobartcity.com.au 
Programs Officer - Aquatic Programs  Matthew Richter  dkhac@hobartcity.com.au


If you are a school group looking for information regarding our Schools Swimming Program, please contact our acting Schools Officer, Megan Cowley at dkhac@hobartcity.com.au


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

(03) 6222 6999