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We believe that learning to swim and water safety is a vital life skill. It gives you access to a lifetime of water activities. Our motto is I SWIM SO I CAN.
Through our Swimming lessons at the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre we aim to pass on our love of swimming to all members of our program. 

Hear from a GELSS parent about our Swim School

About Swimming lessons

Available for all age groups, our swimming lessons takes on a stepping-stone approach: small graded classes and recognition of an individual’s achievements. This ensures students learn with others at a similar level and progress as strokes and skills are completed.

GEL Swim School is run as a membership which includes a weekly lesson and unlimited access to the pool facilities for the student and supervision adult.

GELSS membership at a glance:

  • 48 weeks
  • $21 per week
  • $24 per week for adult classes
  • Unlimited access to the pool facilities to practice new skills for child and supervising adult 

Lessons times are: (subject to availability)

  • Monday to Friday between 9am - 12.30pm & between 4 - 7pm*
  • Saturday between 8am - 12.30pm 
  • Sunday between 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Lessons do not run on public holidays
  • There are two breaks during the year when swimming lessons do not run - one week during Easter and three weeks over Christmas / New Year
  • *infant lessons not available weekday afternoons

Free assessment

Please come to GESAC for a free swimming level assessment. Bookings are not required for assessments. Accompanying adult may need to be in the water with the child.

  • Weekdays: 9am - 1pm & 4pm - 6pm
  • Weekends: 9am - 1pm

Assessments are not required for children under 3.

Please note times vary on public holidays.

Swimming Programs

Swimming Lessons for Infants

Conducted with a parent present in the water, these classes encourage children to develop water confidence.

Swimming lessons include:

  • games, songs and routines
  • water farmiliarisation
  • safety skills
  • swimming skills.

Swimming Lessons for children (3 years plus)

Our caring and qualified teachers will help guide students through our structured levels at their own pace. Our swim school program is strongly technique based, with distances being kept short until children have mastered the essential skills and techniques.

Swimming lessons include:

  • water familiarisation
  • water safety skills
  • stroke development.

See our class levels page for more details on skills acquired in each level

Swimming Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn new skills — swimming is no different.

Our adult swimming lessons are structured to cater for individual needs and instructors will help you to learn at your own pace.

  • $24 per week for adult classes
  • Access to pool facilities all week to practice skills


To join GELSS please call 9575 7105 or come into the centre to speak to one of our Swim School team.

If you do not know which level the student should be in, please come to the centre for a free swimming assessment.
Assessment times:
Weekdays: 9am – 1pm or 4pm – 6pm 
Weekends: 9am – 1pm

Taking a break / suspending lessons

If you need to take time off from Swimming lessons, you can suspend your membership.

You can suspend your membership up to 9 weeks each calendar year.

This is made up of: 
4 weeks of voluntary suspension
5 weeks of non-lesson period suspension (Christmas, Easter & Public Holidays)

Memberships are suspended in multiples of 7 day blocks. (1 full week) You do not have free access to the pools during your suspension week.

You must submit a suspension form if you wish to suspend your membership over the non-lesson period.

See terms and conditions for full details.