Early childhood & Preschool

Swim school baby

Our Swim School offers a range of classes suitable for children 6 months – 5 years old. We are currently running our lessons at Trentham School Pool Bookings required. 

Early childhood (6 months – 3.5 years)

Structured play to improve confidence and technique.

Pipis (6-14 months)

• Assisted entry and exit

• Assisted front float.

• Assisted back float with roll over.

• Assisted monkey wall.

• Assisted sitting dives.

• Submerging happily from water being poured with conditioning for breath control.

Tadpoles (12 months-24 months)

• Submerge under the water with conditioning for breath control.

• Assisted front float and kick.

• Assisted back float and kick.

• Unassisted monkey wall

• Independent sitting dives with roll over to back

• Assisted swim to adult.

Ducks (2 years to 3 years)

• Unassisted entry and exit.

• Unassisted front float

• Unassisted back float

• Assisted back kick.

• Paddle and kick independently to parent or back to wall

• Assisted sitting dives turn and paddle back to the wall.

• Unassisted picking objects of pool floor with bubbles

Angelfish (2.5 years to 4 years)

• Unassisted entry and exit.

• Unassisted front kick

• Unassisted back kick

• Unassisted sitting dives turn and paddle back across pool.

• Unassisted Doggy paddle

• Unassisted Pindrop in turn around and bounce back to wall.

• Unassisted bunny hops

Pre-school ( 3.5 – 5 years)

 Structured play to improve confidence and technique.

Octopus 1 (3.5 years to 5 years)

• Independent entry and exit.

• Submerge confidently, eyes open, blowing bubbles for a count of 3.

• Unassisted front float

• Unassisted back float

• Unassisted streamline glide

• Unassisted streamline back glide

• Bunny hop for 3 metres.

Octopus 2 (3.5 year to 5 years)

• Submerge confidently, using a duck dive, pick up two objects off the floor.

• Kicking front for 3 metres

• Kicking back for 3 metres (with aid if required)

• Dolphin kick for 3 metres

• Doggy paddle

• Mushroom float with a count of 5.

• Rotate using a log roll glide, front to back, back to front.

• Jump in from side, upon surfacing, return to poolside and climb out.

• Introduction to breaststroke kick aided.

Octopus 3 (3.5 years to 5 years)

• 5 meters freestyle kick

• 5 metres freestyle with attempted arm strokes

• 5 metre back kick unaided.

• Back scull for 5 metres

• Dolphin kick for 5 metres

• Perform a dolphin dive motion for 5 metres.

• Perform a sequence of 3 changing shapes while floating.

• Perform a sitting dive and glide.

• Show an understanding of pool safety rules.

All lessons cover the following areas:

  • Water familiarisation – developing confidence, encouraging safe exploration and gaining basic breath control.
  • Basic skills – teaching balanced movement, flotation, kicking and the basis of swimming strokes.
  • Water safety – developing parent/caregiver awareness of water safety issues.

For health reasons, all toddlers under 4 years are required to wear waterproof nappies when in the pool.


Ages 6 months to 5 years of age require a verbal assessment with parent / caregiver. Please complete the enquiry form below and we will be in touch or call 04 5272113.

Classes operate,

Saturdays 8.00 - 11.15am and Sundays 8.00am - 11.45am

Lessons operated by H2O at Trentham School Pool during the closure of our facility are $11.50 per lesson. An average 10 week term is $115.00. Full term payment is required upon booking.

Pool Closure LTS

We are running Learn to Swim during the upgrade at Trentham School Pool & Squad at Stokes Valley. Bookings are required.