School Age Learn to Swim

Stroke technique and water safety is the foundation of our School Age Learn to Swim program. Our small class sizes and technique-based curriculum allows our teachers to give individualised feedback to swimmers and cater to their specific needs. 

MSAC Learn-to-swim framework

Small class sizes

Individualised feedback and personal guidance and support is crucial to a swimmer’s development. Our small class sizes ensure each student is given ample attention and feedback from their teacher.

Competition pathway

We want to give all the swimmers in our programs the confidence, skills and motivation to one day compete in our wonderful sport. We offer all school age swimmers the opportunity to race in fun and supportive carnivals to help them develop in a competitive environment.

Swimmer Recognition

Our certificate system ensures that every swimmer’s achievement is recognised and celebrated.

Technique based curriculum and framework

The program curriculum is based on the principle that each stroke has many individual skills and components, each of which must be individually taught and evaluated.

Emphasis on fun

Our aim to help achieve our young swimmers’ best is always through engaging your children first by providing a fun learning environment and somewhere they feel safe and supported.


Stroke technique and water safety is the foundation of our School Age Learn to Swim program. Our small class sizes and technique-based curriculum allows our teachers to give individualised feedback to swimmers and cater to their specific needs. 


In this level, swimmers will be given the opportunity and support to grow their confidence in the aquatic environment. Swimmers will learn how their body moves in the water through fun and engaging activities. Foundational skills such as blowing bubbles, floating and kicking are also taught in this level. A paramount focus of this level is developing water safety knowledge that is essential around the pool, beach and home environment.


In this level, swimmers will further develop the skills and confidence in foundational skills such as floating, body position and movement patterns in the water. Swimmers will be introduced to freestyle and backstroke. Our curriculum model allows swimmers to learn and master individual components of each stroke. Swimmers will focus on head and body position, kick mechanics and basic arm motion. Swimmers will also continue to develop knowledge of water safety in different environments whilst also learning basic rescue skills. 


In this level, swimmers will begin to swim independently. Swimmers will learn to swim efficiently by improving their kicking and body position while also developing strong arm mechanics through freestyle and backstroke drills. Students will also be introduced to breaststroke drills, learning the arm and leg motion. Swimmers will continue to develop their water safety skills, these include treading water, survival backstroke and having an advanced knowledge of water safety skills. Additionally, students will gain confidence to safely perform a kneeling/crouching dive into the water.


In this level, swimmers will be swimming all four strokes. Swimmers will swim freestyle and backstroke independently for 25 metres while continuing to improve timing and body and head position. Swimmers will swim breaststroke as a complete stroke and drills will emphasise timing and body position. To ensure swimmers are safe in and around different bodies of water, they will learn more advanced rescue techniques. We continue to reinforce knowledge in water safety with fun and educational activities.


In this level, swimmers will refine their freestyle and backstroke technique by learning new drills. We also emphasise increased endurance by building up to swim 50 metres of each stroke. Breaststroke is further refined in this level to ensure swimmers achieve maximum distance per stroke and a greater emphasis is placed on butterfly through drills focussing on proper body and head position. We introduce swimmers to the world of competitive swimming, making use of our omega starting blocks to learn to do dives in the competition pool.


In this level, swimmers will continue to improve their technique over extended distances such as 75 metre freestyle, 50 metre backstroke and 25 metre breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers are introduced to more advanced drills to ensure they maintain efficiency and distance per stroke across all different strokes. Swimmers will further enhance their water safety skills by working up to one minute of treading water, 50 metre survival backstroke as well as improving their knowledge of water safety and rescue techniques. Swimmers will be encouraged to attend our in-house carnivals to gauge their level of improvement over a period of time. To prepare for these carnivals, swimmers will continue to develop key racing skills such as dives, underwater skills and turns.


In this final level, swimmers will begin to transition to squad swimming. Swimmers will perform mini sets and be introduced to the language and set design used in our squad program. Swimmers will continue to use a variety of drills to refine technique and correct any individual weaknesses. Swimmers will further develop racing skills including individual medley turns. Swimmers will have a significant understanding of water safety skills, knowledge and rescue techniques. Completion of the Tokyo level will allow swimmers to progress to the MSC Swim Squad for further development towards elite competition and high-performance.

Where does my child fit in?

School Aged Lessons (5 – 12 years)

Catered for all students at school for ages 5 and above, these classes focus on learning correct stroke mechanics and water safety skills.

Teen Lessons (13 – 17 years)

The MSAC Swim School understands that sometimes the drive to learn swimming comes once participants can voice their concerns and feel more in control of their body. With this in mind we have introduced our Teen Lessons, catering to Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Swimmers this stream is there to refine technique and ensure participants feel supported by their teacher and peers.

Transition Squads (7-12)

Catered for swimmers who have completed our learn-to-swim program and are now being prepared for their transition into the squad environment.

Private Lessons (All ages)

Catered for swimmers and families who feel they may benefit from a more individualised program.


20th July, 2020 – 16th August, 2020

17th August, 2020 – 20th September, 2020 


$25 per lesson
(min. bookings required for some squads) 




30 Aughtie Drive,
Albert Park,
VIC 3206

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Interested in becoming a part of MSAC’s swim school program? Fill out the form below and one of our friendly team members will be in contact with you soon.

Prefer to speak to a staff member? Please call +61 3 9926 1555

Register Interest Form – School Age Learn to Swim

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