Located on Donaldson Street, children can begin their swimming lessons here at four months of age and the centre accommodates swimmers up to pre-squad level and for stroke development. It's an indoor heated pool so swimming lessons are held all year round when the centre is open, except for two weeks at Christmas and public holidays (and you're not charged for this period).
This centre has been in its current location on Arizona Road, Charmhaven for over 20 years, and it has a strong reputation. The pool is indoor and heated, and there are lots of different classes available, from mothers and babies bonding classes through to stroke correction and squad swimming. All staff have ASCA Certification. The centre also run intensive swim programs and vacation care, plus they offer flexible payment options which is something few other schools do.
This centre is one of several YMCA swim schools on the Coast where kids can learn to swim, starting at six months of age. There are also centres in Toukley and Wyong. Wyong is an outdoor pool, and the other two centres have indoor heated pools. They all offer a free trial lesson before signing up for a full term, and the prices are very reasonable.
At Tuggerah they have additional facilities providing ramp access for disabled children in wheelchairs and a chair hoist for the 25-metre pool, plus SwimAbility programs for people of all ages with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Classes at this indoor heated pool are held Monday through to Saturday and you can pay weekly, or get a discount for making a block payment, and they offer family discounts for three or more children. Families who make block payments are able to make up lessons if they have to miss a day, which is very handy. Private lessons are available too if you need a time outside the school's timetable.
This is one of the biggest indoor aquatic centres on the entire Coast, and all the instructors are AustSwim qualified. Children can start lessons from six months of age and free assessments are done before starting lessons so your child starts in the right program for their skill level. The centre also has a squad training program to help kids develop better swimming skills after they know the basics, and kids can then go on to compete too if they want. They also offer intensive swim programs during the school holidays.
Aqua Play is the first stage of PLC's Learn To Swim program, before kids move on to the Transition level. At this level, children will experience a smooth change from learn to swim into squad training. All the levels follow the guidelines set by Royal Lifesaving’s ‘Swim and Survive’ Program. There is also a creche on site to help parents who may need childcare for other kids during lessons.
The same swim program is also offered at Gosford Olympic Pool in Gosford (but it doesn't have a creche). Both centres have indoor heated pools separate to the lap pools for kids lessons.
Des Jones Aquatic has an indoor heated pool that is open six days a week. They offer parent and baby water familiarisation, a learn to swim school, squad (from kids to adults) and stroke correction. It's one of the smaller schools but it has a cafe so parents can grab a coffee while watching their child's lesson.
If you prefer for your little one to learn in the pool at your home, Austswim professional Rosemary runs mobile swimming lessons on the Central Coast from October to April each year. This is quite a unique service and one due to be popular for larger families where it is difficult to juggle different swimming lesson days and times for several children.