Department of Education

Swimming and Water Safety

Swimming and Water Safety

To achieve a complete multimedia experience when browsing this web site please install the latest Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

Swimming and Water Safety ‹ About VacSwim

About VacSwim

About VacSwim

VacSwim Programs operate in the October and December/January school holidays.  

Make sure of your place by pre-enrolling before the closing date.

With swimming pools and beaches a part of our Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your child can swim competently and safely is a must for all families. VacSwim is for children from beginner through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.

Your child can join in the fun of learning to swim with lessons in a standard 10 day (or equivalent) VacSwim program for a small enrolment fee plus pool entry.  There is also a discount if you are enrolling a family of three or more children.

VacSwim has grown from its beginnings in 1919 when five instructors taught 248 children at three venues, to become the largest vacation swimming program in Australia. In recent years 55 000 children have participated yearly in lessons with more than 1500 qualified instructors at over 200 locations throughout the State.

Back to top

Who can be part of VacSwim?

VacSwim gives all Western Australians aged between 5 and 17 years the opportunity to participate in a safe, quality swimming and water safety program.  You may be asked to produce proof of age. 

Classes are allocated according to ability and not age.  However, there are two exceptions:

  • only children in their 14th year or older may enrol in stage 16 (Bronze Medallion) at calm water/pool centres.  
  • only children in their 13th year or older may enrol in stage 15 at designated surf centres.
Back to top

Value for money swimming lessons

VacSwim lessons cost just $12.50 for a 10 day program or equivalent contact time*. The cost does not include pool entry fees. Classes are conducted at indoor and outdoor pools and open water venues.

Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim with VacSwim.  It's even cheaper if you have three or more children.

$12.50 a person for a 10 day standard program
(or equivalent)

$34.50 a family* for a 10 day standard program
(or equivalent)

$6.50 a person for a 5 day short program (excludes Early Start Program)

$17.50 a family* for a 5 day short program (excludes Early Start Program)


* The family rate applies to three or more immediate family siblings who all live at the address stated on their VacSwim account.

Back to top

Entry fee

A separate entry fee may be required at centres for participants and accompanying spectators.  Where information is available, the entry fee has been listed alongside the centre in the Program and Locations section.  These fees are subject to change.  Please contact your preferred centre(s) for further details.

Back to top

Award/examination fees

Additional fees to the enrolment fee apply to stages 13 to 16 at calm water/pool centres.  There is no additional fee for stages 10 to 15 at surf centres.  The stages summary in the Awards and Stages section explains the additional fees.

Page last updated 09 October 2015

About VacSwim

All contents copyright Government of Western Australia, unless otherwise stated.

Copyright material available on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence
Exclusions may apply: