Guildford Swim School

Guildford Grammar School offers many swimming programs for different ages and abilities that focus on teaching children to love the water and develop the skills they need to feel safe and confident in the water, at their own pace.

We have three swimming programs available to choose from, click on each to find out more:

Learn to Swim: term time swimming sessions

Learn to Swim teaches children over the age of four the valuable skills they need to feel safe and confident in the water, with flexibility to meet the needs of each child’s development.

Learn to Swim offers:

  • Flexible 30-minute lessons suited to each child
  • Weekly lessons are held during Terms 1, 2 and 4 
  • Group sessions or individual lessons available
  • All lessons are held in our heated 25 metre pool
  • Lessons are open to all
  • Small class sizes to ensure your child gets the most out of their time in the pool.

Term 1 2023
The Term 1 2023 program runs for 10 weeks, from Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 6 April 2023.

Lesson times:
3.30pm, 4.05pm, 4.40pm, 5.15pm and 5.50pm (Individual classes will be held at 4.40pm, 5.15pm and 5.50pm only).

Sessions:
Sessions are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons (30-minute classes).

Costs:

  • $200 for group sessions
  • $400 for individual lessons

Stages

Each stage of our program is designed to ensure your child achieves the right balance of water safety and skills, so they become a confident swimmer.

Stages 1 and 2: Getting into the water, getting started and having some fun!

Stage 1 – Sardine

  1. Enter the water safely
  2. Exhale in the water
  3. Open your eyes underwater and distinguish objects
  4. Float on you back with or without a board
  5. Attempt to kick 1 metre on your front or back

Stage 2 – Jellyfish

  1. Glide forward and freestyle kick 3 metres
  2. Glide forward underwater and kick 3 metres
  3. Glide backwards and backstroke kick 1 metre
  4. Swim 5 metres freestyle with head still, arms clearing the water and leg kicking alternating
  5. Tread water and do basic sculling
  6. Be pulled to safety by beach rescue
  7. Float on your back or front for 30 seconds
Stages 3 and 4: Technique, stroke and safety

Stage 3 – Shrimp

  1. Swim a minimum of 10 metres freestyle with a regular breathing pattern
  2. Glide backwards and backstroke 5 metres
  3. Glide backwards underwater and backstroke kick
  4. Attempt to swim 5 metres backstroke
  5. Attempt to swim 5 metres breaststroke kick on back with a board
  6. Survival sculling on back and front – not moving
  7. Be pulled safely by throw rescue
  8. Attempt a forward roll

Stage 4 – Platypus

  1. Swim a minimum of 15 metres freestyle with correct breathing pattern and head position
  2. Swim a minimum of 10 metres backstroke with correct arms and body position
  3. Swim a minimum of 10 metres survival backstroke with correct breaststroke kick
  4. Attempt to swim 5 metres breaststroke kick on front with or without a board
  5. Swim in deeper water
  6. Scull on back or front, moving a minimum of 5 metres
  7. Attempt dolphin kick underwater in a streamlined position
  8. Attempt a sitting dive

Stages 5 and 6: Reinforcing confidence and new swimming opportunities

Stage 5 – Sea Lion

  1. Swim a minimum of 25 metres freestyle with correct breathing, head and kick positions
  2. Swim a minimum of 25 metres backstroke with correct arms, body and kick positions
  3. Swim a minimum of 25 metres survival backstroke with correct breaststroke kick
  4. Swim a minimum of 15 metres breaststroke with sculling hands and correct kick
  5. Glide underwater doing six kicks of dolphin, freestyle and backstroke kick
  6. Attempt three freestyle strokes, then forward roll
  7. Be reach rescued by a partner

Stage 6 – Stingray

  1. Swim a minimum of 50 metres in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and survival backstroke
  2. Attempt to swim side stroke
  3. Dive and hold streamline position
  4. Tumble turn against a wall
  5. Show all the non-contact rescues
  6. Swim 5 metres butterfly
Stages 7, 8 and 9: Squad swimming

Stage 7 – Crocodile

  1. Scull feet-first on back
  2. Demonstrate eggbeater kick
  3. Swim 150 metres
  4. Swim 25 metres backstroke with correct technique
  5. Swim 50 metres breaststroke with correct technique
  6. Swim 50 metres freestyle with correct technique
  7. Swim 25 metres backstroke with correct technique and symmetrical leg action
  8. Demonstrate survival sequence number 7

Stage 8 – Octopus

  1. Swim a minimum of 25 metres sidestroke with correct technique
  2. Demonstrate dolphin kick (extension)
  3. Swim 200 metres
  4. Swim 50 metres backstroke with correct technique
  5. Swim 50 metres breaststroke with correct technique
  6. Swim 50 metres freestyle with correct technique
  7. Swim 25 metres survival backstroke with correct technique and symmetrical leg action
  8. Demonstrate safety survival sequence number 8

Stage 9 – Dolphin

  1. Swim 10 metres butterfly (extension)
  2. Demonstrate a tumble turn (extension)
  3. Swim 300 metres
  4. Swim 50 metres freestyle with correct technique (or Butterfly 25m and Freestyle 25m)
  5. Swim 50 metres backstroke with correct technique
  6. Swim 50 metres breaststroke with correct technique
  7. Swim 50 metres sidestroke with correct technique
  8. Swim 50 metres survival backstroke with correct technique and symmetrical leg action
  9. Demonstrate basic principles of CPR (extension)
  10. Demonstrate non-contact rescues (extension)

For more information:

Email learn2swim@ggs.wa.edu.au or phone (08) 9377 8534.

Enrol

Please select the Learn to Swim and Squad Swimming Enrolment form when registering.

Holiday Swim: intensive school holiday sessions

Our Holiday Swim program is an accelerated and intensive block of swimming lessons to build childrens’ skills and confidence quickly.  

You may get as many lessons in a two-week period of Holiday Swim as you would in a whole term of swimming lessons. Ten lessons in two weeks gives you a lot of learning!

If your child has been stuck at a swimming level for a while, Holiday Swim will help them to develop the one or two skills that may be holding them back.

Benefits of Holiday Swim sessions:

  • Practicing skills daily leads to faster learning and less review time is needed at the start of each lesson
  • Great confidence booster as children learn skills and progress faster than with weekly classes
  • Helps to provide structure and routine to holidays and gives children a focus
  • 30-minute daily lessons are flexible to meet the needs of each child’s development.

2022/23 Holiday Swim bookings

Lessons can be delivered in small groups or as individual lessons, for one or two week periods.

The 30-minute classes are held every Monday to Friday in our Preparatory School pool, and can be booked for 1, 2, 4 and 6 week periods.

Lesson times:
3.30pm, 4.05pm, 4.40pm, 5.15pm, 5.50pm (Individual classes: 4.40pm and 5.15pm and 5:50pm only)

Cost:

  • $90 for 1 week ($180 individual)
  • $170 for 2 weeks ($340 individual)
  • $300 for 4 weeks ($600 individual)
  • $450 for 6 weeks ($900 individual)

Dates:

  • Monday 5 December to Friday 9 December 2022 (week 1)
  • Monday 12 December to Friday 16 December 2022 (week 2)
  • Monday 19 December to Friday 23 December 2022 (week 3)
  • Monday 9 January to Friday 13 January 2023 (week 4)
  • Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January 2023 (week 5)
  • Monday 23 January to Friday 27 January 2023 (week 6)

Please note that lesson times and costs will vary for the above sessions.

Flippaball: Water Polo social swimming sessions

Flippaball is a social introduction to Water Polo for boys and girls in Years 4-6 who have completed Stage 6 or higher of the Department of Education Swimming and Water Safety Continuum.

The program encourages children who enjoy the water, are reasonably strong swimmers, or are looking to be involved in a water sport to learn about the fundamentals of Water Polo.

The program is delivered by our experienced and qualified coaches, who accommodate the individual’s skill set to deliver a lesson that is relevant to all students, whilst providing a safe and friendly environment for everyone.

Benefits of Flippaball

  • Promotes water confidence in young people
  • Offers an enjoyable and interactive game that encourages children to pursue water polo as a sport
  • Helps reinforce skill development in the sport
  • Supports communication development with peers
  • Played in a social and supportive team environment
  • Helps to keep children active and healthy.

Summer holidays December 2022

Summer holiday sessions will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1.00 to 2.00pm from 5 December 2022 to 21 December 2022 in our Preparatory School pool.

Costs: $10 per session, $80 for all sessions

Summer holiday sessions 2022:

  • Week 1: Monday 5 December, Wednesday 7 December, Friday 9 December 2022
  • Week 2: Monday 12 December, Wednesday 14 December, Friday 16 December 2022
  • Week 3: Monday 19 December, Wednesday 21 December 2022

Summer holidays January 2023

Summer holiday sessions will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1.00 to 2.00pm from 9 January 2023 to 25 January 2023 in our Preparatory School pool.

Costs: $10 per session, $80 for all sessions

Summer holiday sessions 2023:

  • Week 1: Monday 9 January, Wednesday 11 January, Friday 13 January 2023
  • Week 2: Monday 16 January, Wednesday 18 January, Friday 20 January 2023
  • Week 3: Monday 23 January, Wednesday 25 January 2023

Term 1 2023

Term 1 sessions will run every Wednesday from 3.30 to 4.30pm from 8 February 2023 to 5 April 2023 in our Preparatory School pool.

Costs: $90 for all term sessions

Term 1, 2023 Sessions:

  • Week 1: Wednesday 8 February
  • Week 2: Wednesday 15 February
  • Week 3: Wednesday 22 February
  • Week 4: Wednesday  1 March
  • Week 5: Wednesday 8 March
  • Week 6: Wednesday 15 March
  • Week 7: Wednesday 22 March
  • Week 8: Wednesday 29 March
  • Week 9: Wednesday 5 April

For more information:

Email flippaball@ggs.wa.edu.au

View our Preparatory School Campus Map showing the location of the swimming pool.