Swim programs

For more information or to enrol, please email the SSAC team at leisure.services@ngshire.vic.gov.au

Swim and Survive 

Our Swim and Survive program is delivered by qualified swim teachers who ensure that essential water safety, personal survival and basic rescue skills are taught well. Our teachers make lessons fun, while helping all participants to develop a strong and effective swimming technique. Swim and Survive is a water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving designed to increase the swimming and water safety skills of all Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.

Why Swim and Survive?

Learn to swim, swimming lessons, and infant aquatics are all terms commonly used across the aquatic industry for programs that seek to build swimming skills. Swim and Survive is all of these, but most importantly it provides a level of protection for children by helping to equip them with solid foundation skills in swimming, survival and basic rescue.

  • One in five of all drowning deaths are children aged under 18 years.
  • Over 15 million Australian children have participated in the Swim and Survive program.
  • The program has reduced the rate of drowning in children aged five to 14 years by over 75 per cent.

Little Wonder Program

The Little Wonder program is for infants and preschoolers, the program allows students to learn skills that align with motor skills learnt at each age.

Little Wonder 1: A water familiarisation program for parents and their children aged six months to 12 months.

Little Wonder 2: A water familiarisation program for parents and their children aged one to two years.

Little Wonder 3: A water familiarisation program for parents and their children aged two to three years.

Little Wonder 4: A transition class for children aged three to four years.

Learn to Swim

The Learn to Swim program is for children aged four years and above. The students in this program will work through Level 1 - 12.

We also offer a squad program; the squad class is a one-hour long session and is for any student that has completed Level 7 and above in our program. 


We provide Learn to Swim programs for adults on request.


Our facilities provide a variety of programs specially designed for local schools. Programs can be custom designed to cater for each school's need. The classes can be organised at SSAC year-round or at the St Arnaud seasonal pool throughout the summer months. For schools, we tailor swimming lessons, lane hire, swimming carnivals and pool parties.  

Water aerobics

We currently deliver a Gentle Aqua Class on Monday and Thursday at 10.30am, the class is delivered by our personal trainers Penny and Jo.

Water Aerobics classes are currently delivered on a Thursday at 6.10pm, this class is delivered by Penny.

Pools and spa

SSAC has a 15m heated indoor pool and a spa that are open year-round. During the summer months, November - March, we also operate our 25m heated outdoor pool with two water slides.

The outdoor pool is surrounded by lush grassy hills to relax and supervise your children from, as well as a heated toddler pool for the new swimmers wanting to cool off in the summer months.

The outdoor pool is closed for the 2023/24 season, the outdoor pool will reopen in November 2024 

Weather Policy

Hot Weather: Based on the 5pm weather forecast on the day prior to opening. If this forecast predicts 35 degrees or over, the outdoor pool hours will be:

Monday to Friday: 6am to 8pm

Weekends: 12pm to 8pm

Please note the extended hours will be at the discretion of the Duty Manager, it will depend on patronage, available lifeguards, and the length of shift available lifeguards have already worked.

Cold Weather: Based on the 5pm weather forecast on the day prior to opening. If this forecast predicts 24 degrees or less, the outdoor pool will only be open for early morning lap swimming on Monday to Friday between 6am to 9am and will be closed on the weekends.