Pat Wright Swim School beliefs that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to swim.
Our main goals are to teach students water safety skills, proper swimming technique, and lifetime health and fitness habits.
Pat Wright Swim School aims to provide a fun, happy and safe environment where infants, children and adults can learn to be confident in and around the water. Our year round program runs from Monday to Saturday allowing participants to build on their stroke technique and personal development through constant reinforcement and repetition.
Each individual’s progress and development will be facilitated by the guidance of our highly experienced Austswim trained instructors. The Pat Wright Swim School caters for infants from three months through to school aged and adults. Holiday swimming programs are also offered during all school holiday breaks and are a great way to boost your child's swimming confidence and skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are the swimming lessons organized? How does your program work?
PWSS has a year-round program of swim lessons for children and adults. Our swim lessons are organised annually into 6-week blocks. Placement is based on age and swimming ability. Your lesson booking is ongoing until you notify us in writing if you wish to cancel.
What is your student to instructor ratio?
PWSS offers the smallest class sizes available so our students always receive the attention they need. We provide 3 class size options: Water Education (1:8 instructor to student ratio), Beginner Learn to Swim (1:4 instructor to student ratio), Advanced LTS (1:6 instructor to student ratio) and Squad lessons (1:10 instructor to student ratio).
Are there age limits to participation?
PWSS teaches children as young as 3 months. There are no upper age limits and we try and accommodate all children as far as we can.
How do I determine my child’s
Our staff is very good at placing a swimmer in the correct level and is ready to assist you.
- Level 1.1 – 1.3: Babies 3 months to 3 years and accompanied by a parent/adult.
- Level 2.1 – 2.3: Children 3 years and older are confident enough to be
without a parent in the water and learns to float, retrieve objects from the
bottom of the pool and streamline kicking. The advanced level focus on
breathing whilst kicking and using big arms.
- Level 3.1: Children continues to learn strokes and are able to turn to
- Level 4.1: Swimmer can swim freestyle and backstroke up to 25 metres and work
- Level 4.2-4.3: Focus in on stroke correction, instruction and fitness over
A free 15 minute swim evaluation is sometimes necessary to determine placement.
What qualifications do your instructors have?
All our staff members hold current Blue Cards and resuscitation certificates. These are compulsory to be able to work at Pat Wright Swim School. All our staff are qualified in or working towards their AUSTSWIM, SWIM AU or coaches certificates. All PWSS staff members undergo pre-employment training and receive regular In-Service training. Many have additional certifications, training, and experience in Water Safety Instruction, Adaptive Aquatics for those with special needs, and competitive and fitness swim training.
Do you give private lessons?
Yes, we offer private lessons but only on request and when we have instructors available. Contact PWSS to enquire about availability and pricing.
What should I know for my child’s first class?
When entering the premises, report to the Deck Supervisor on pool deck. She will show you to your class.
What equipment does my child need? Do all students need goggles?
Your child will need a swim suit and a towel. Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers or rubber pants. Goggles allow clear vision underwater. We recommend good no-leak goggles for those children who are underwater. We sell goggles in all sizes and for all face shapes. To introduce goggles, let the children explore wearing them first at home in the tub and then later during their lessons.
What is your swim diaper policy? Does my potty trained 2-year-old need to wear a swim diaper?
Poop happens! And unfortunately, sometimes it happens in swimming pools, and it can close the pool. We have had some very unhappy little swimmers, frustrated teachers and parents who have rushed to get here only to have to go back home. Prevention is BETTER for all of us.
What disabilities does Pat Wright Swim School cater for?
We welcome all interested students to the program regardless of disabilities. We have experienced instructors that work with students with a wide array of physical and mental disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, and limited mobility.
What are the conditions of the pool?
The water is always kept warm and is tested 3 times a day to maintain proper levels of disinfectant and chemical balance. The pool is disinfected with a salt system that provides safe levels of chlorine to prevent transmission of water-borne illnesses while reducing the amount of harsh byproducts associated with traditional chlorination systems.
What are the fees?
Tuition for our swim lessons is based on the number of weeks/lessons in the block. View our home page for the current calendar and pricing.
When do I pay? What are the payment
Payment is expected when you receive your invoice.
The lessons can be paid for by cash, eftpos, SwimLine, EziDebit or bank transfer.
What if I can’t afford the tuition? Do you offer payment plans?
We would like to offer our programs to as many people as possible, so we are willing to work with those who may not be able to afford the current tuition rates. CONTACT US if you need to make special financial arrangements
Are you looking for employment as a swim school instructor?
Do you have experience as a Swim Instructor or Lifeguard? Are you interested in working at a family friendly, accredited for excellence swim school? If you are an experienced, reliable, responsible, creative, compassionate and skilled Instructor or Lifeguard, Pat Wright Swim School wants to hear from you! For information on joining our team, please CONTACT US today!
How do I enrol my child? Can I
You can enroll online - just complete our online sign-up form.
Once enrolled, you will receive an email confirmation regarding the starting date and fees payable (payment details included).
When are the swim lessons and where
can I find your schedule on the web page?
Lessons are taught at Pat Wright Swim School on Mon-Saturdays. Our current calendar and pricing are on our homepage.
We have missed the start of the block.
Can we start lessons now?
You may enter a class at any time during a block. Classes are pro-rated, so you only pay for the classes remaining in the block at the time you sign up.
Can all 3 of my children have swim
lessons at the same time or must they come on separate days?
It is possible for all of your children to come to lessons at the same time or within the same hour even if they are different skill levels. We try to schedule at least 4 different skill levels at the same time. Signing-up as early as possible will facilitate your children’s ability to take classes at the same time.
What is the withdrawal/cancellation/refund policy?
When you sign up for a block you are signing up for the entire group of weeks, however, if you withdraw from class prior to the start date of the block, you may choose a refund or credit applied to your account.
After the block has started there is a $25 withdrawal/refund fee per family and a charge for all scheduled classes up to the date of your call, whether or not they were attended and the remainder credited to your account. You may attend make-up classes (IF THEY ARE AVAILABLE) for those classes missed before your call to withdraw.
What if my child doesn’t like it? Can
my child try out a class?
The first class is overwhelming to some children, and they might respond negatively. If you think the class might be overwhelming to your child, come to an open swim time before signing up.
My child will miss some classes. What is the make-up policy?
We want your child to receive all the swim lessons that you have paid for. However, we can offer only one make-up class per block. Make-up classes MUST be arranged one week in advance notice so that we may adequately staff the pool. It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that the children attend the classes. There are no refunds or credits for missed classes.
How long will it take for my child to
learn how to swim?
There is no magic number of lessons, as each child is different. Swimming is a motor skill that takes practice. Some children take a long time to get underwater and floating and then they progress rapidly, while others cannot coordinate their extremities. Each child will find a level that challenges them and will need to be repeated. Children can get stuck in a level until they learn to go underwater and float or when they need to swim farther distances and become proficient at breaststroke and butterfly. Each level becomes more complex, not only in skill development, but also in cognitive development. Once the challenge level is hit, then the child will need encouragement, patience and positive reinforcement to complete the skills necessary to pass.
I don’t think my child has made any
progress. What should I do?
Learning to swim is physical skill acquisition as well as learned comfort in the aquatic environment. Sometimes it takes more than a few lessons before everything comes together.
First, tell the teacher or deck supervisor of your concerns, who will then report to our management team for review and suggestions. The suggestions may include changing classes or changing teachers.
Does repeating a level mean that my
child will be learning the same things over?
Swimming is a motor skill unique to all others because of the comfort required in the water environment. All levels have similar skills, but it is the quality of the execution of the skill that determines passing. A big part of this quality is comfort in the water. Even Olympic swimmers do torpedoes! So, yes, the children must practice the same skills repeatedly. We will try to advance them as far as we can, and if the child needs to repeat a level, remember that they are becoming stronger in these skills by practicing. You can help by taking your child to recreational swims for encouragement and practicing the skills taught in class. Safety skills need to be drilled again and again to be learned to the point that they become second nature should the children become involved in a water incident.
What if I am an afraid adult?
Some of our instructors have taken additional training in teaching afraid adults. We want you to learn how to be in control in the water first before learning the mechanics of swimming.
What if my child has a fear of water?
Please stay positive and very patient. Our instructors are at their best when teaching afraid students. Sometimes children become more comfortable on their back first. Some children are not really afraid of the water, but are afraid of new situations. Keep the children playing in a pool regularly. It is important to remember that every child must learn to swim to be safe. For some children it just takes longer.
Is there feedback for parents?
During lessons, the deck supervisor completes assessment sheets that can be discussed between the parents and either the deck supervisor or instructor. A list of skills and possible ways to do the skills are listed on the sheet. When a skill is completed well enough to pass that particular color level, the deck supervisor will inform the parents and discuss continuation to the next level. Each swimmer gets an Assessment Booklet that marks their progress.