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Swimming and Water Safety

Swimming and Water Safety

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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 the VacSwim program for just $10 for a standard 10 day (or equivalent) program, plus pool entry.  It's even cheaper if you have 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.

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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 produced proof of age.  Classes are allocated according to ability and not age.

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.

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Value for money swimming lessons

VacSwim lessons cost just $xx 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.

$xxxx a person for a 10 Day Standard Program
(or equivalent program)

$xxxx a family for a 10 Day Standard Program
(or equivalent program)

$xxxx a person for a five Day Short Program

$xxxx a family for a five Day Short Program

*Prices are to be confirmed

The family rate applies to three or more immediate family members who all live at the address stated on the enrolment form(s).

Check the Programs and Locations for classes.

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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.

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Award/examination fees

Additional fees, separate 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 explain the additional fees.

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Enrolling participants with Special Needs

Children with special needs are encouraged to participate in VacSwim.  If participation is conditional on special precautions being taken then suitable supervision must be arranged by parents before enrolment is completed.  If possible, smaller class sizes may be arranged only by contacting the VacSwim office after enrolling.

Page last updated 29 July 2014

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