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Wonder (6 months – 3 years)

‘Wonder’ represents the first stage in a lifetime of fun and safety in the water, so it is only natural that it is approached in a way that builds on a child’s natural curiosity and fascination with the water.

Wonder is the water familiarisation component of the Swim and Survive program, designed specifically for children aged 6 months to 3 years.

Children will explore the sensations of buoyancy and movement, with the security of having the parent close by. Parents will learn to be a strong part of their child’s aquatic education through activities that provide for developing water familiarisation, exploration and water safety skills.

Wonder is a child-centred program which is taught with parent or carer and child together in the water. It uses songs, games and activities to teach children a variety of skills including:

Getting wet

Is about entering the water safely and using different entries appropriate for each motor development stage progressing towards encouraging safe independent entries and exits.

Keeping balance

Provides experiences of body orientation and rotation skills which are vital for developing survival and mobility skills.

Breathing skills

Develop confidence in getting the face wet, blowing bubbles and learning to submerge. Fun activities promote relaxation and breath control.

Kick and arm action

Activities promote kicking and paddling to develop basic propulsion skills. Initially, these skills will be rudimentary but as crawling, walking and running skills are gained on land, coordination of kicking and paddling skills will develop and become stronger.

Going under

Is a gradual process encouraged as each child shows readiness to participate and initiate the skills themselves. Using simple cue words, actions and songs, this will create a fun and non-threatening environment to support the learning of this skill.

Staying afloat

Activities focus on experiencing floating on the front and back. Learning to float is an important skill not only to progress to propulsion but is an essential survival skill for every child.

Water safety

Is encouraged through emphasising the message ‘always swim with an adult’. Introducing young children to a simple message early in their aquatic education establishes a positive attitude towards safe behaviour.

Parent education

Focuses on the 4 key messages of the Keep Watch drowning prevention program; Supervise, Restrict Access, Familiarise and Learn Resuscitation.


Lessons are conducted during the school term however fees are payable monthly.


There are a couple of ways you can get in touch with us to enrol in swimming lessons – you can call us or we can call you!

If you can spare a few minutes to complete our online self-assessment we can capture the information we need for the enrolment process and look for class options to have ready when we call you back! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible which will be by the end of the next business day at the latest.

If you’d prefer to speak directly with a member of our team we’d love to hear from you.

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