How to choose the right swim school

The team here at Melbourne Sports Centres understand that swim school is more than just teaching the right stroke to get from one end of the pool to the other, its teaching kids where and how to swim at the beach and what to do if they accidentally fall into a pool.

Finding a place to teach your kids these skills can be a stressful process, but it doesn’t need to be! The Melbourne Sports Centres swim school team have a wealth of experience and have put together this list to help you make the best choice for you and your family.

The staff

Often, swim schools offer a free trial lesson or a tour of their centre to help you get a sense of the teachers, their style and the management’s approach to the Learn to Swim program. Look to see how the staff interact and engage with your child. It is important to check out the staff as they will most likely have a long-standing relationship with both you and your child.

The pool

Look to see if the pool is well maintained and clean. Also, check the pool surrounds, is there somewhere you could slip? Are there any loose edges on the pool? Is there somewhere you can sit comfortably?

The lessons

Check the schedule and ask the staff about lesson times. Make sure that you pick a swim school that best fits into your schedule and other commitments. A handy hint - if you have more than one child, try and have all their lessons at the same time so that you don’t end up spending hours poolside each week!

Opportunities to practice

Is the pool open outside of lesson times? Or is the public section of the pool at the right depth for your child to practice in? To help your child are there other programs in place that you can either attend multiple lessons a week or take part in an intensive program?

The centre

What is important to you, the parent? If your children are a bit older and attend squads or don’t need you in the water, is there a place for you to get a coffee or sit comfortably to watch? Is there a gym or free lanes available to squeeze in your own workout? Or, after a Saturday swim lesson is there space for you to catch up with your kids over a healthy snack?


At the end of the day, the purpose of going to swimming lessons is for your child to become more confident in the water. When selecting a swim school, make sure you understand how your child will progress, when they will be assessed and if you think it is suited to the way your child learns best.


Which brings us to our next step to selecting a swim school, feedback! As a parent, you want to know in a language that makes sense to you, how your child is progressing, if they have a new teacher or when your next bill is due to be paid. Many swim schools now have great apps to help you receive these updates in real time without the need to call up the swim school manager.


Starting swimming lessons is a big and ongoing commitment for you and your child and will make up a large part of their childhood. It will be a space that you visit weekly and your child will likely progress with the group of children in their class. While touring the centre or at your first lesson, find out what the social culture is like and if it suits you and your child.

Looking for a swim school for you or your child? Meet Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC. Our facility in Albert Park provides qualified, experienced teachers for every age and ability. Whether your child is learning to swim or competing in squad, our team is ready to help your child swim and learn skills for life. Once our instructors have passed on their expertise, your child will feel at ease in the water. They won’t be able to wipe the smile off their face after they’ve learnt from our friendly team.

Enquire about a free trial HERE!