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Swimming program

The Department for Education swimming program provides swimming and water safety lessons to school-age students, Reception to year 7 and students with disabilities.

Government schools program access


Reception to year 2

  • 3.75 hours
  • Not available for other years.

Year 3 to 7

  • 7.5 hours
  • Not available for other years
  • Years 6 and 7 can choose swimming or aquatics but cannot do both in one year

Non swimmers

Year 8 to 10

  • Application only
  • Not available for other years

SACE practicals

Years 10 to 13

  • 12 or 18 hours
  • Not available for other years

Access conditions

  • Students can only access 1 program a year.
  • Schools that want to access the swimming program outside these guidelines must pay a fee.
  • Non-government schools can access the swimming program for a fee.

Water safety focus

The swimming program provides an efficient and cost-effective service to schools to help students develop a range of knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes about:

  • water confidence
  • survival in the water
  • swimming technique
  • rescue of others
  • water safety
  • endurance and fitness.


Water Safety team

Phone: 8416 5920
Fax: 8115 5558
Email: Educationswimaquatics [at] sa.gov.au