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Learn to Swim

COVID-19 UPDATE – Thursday, 14 October 2021

In accordance with the NSW Government roadmap for reopening, we are pleased to welcome our community back to many of our Council facilities.

From Monday 18 October, the following restrictions will be in place at Hornsby Aquatic & Leisure Centre.

Vaccination requirements
  • Proof of full vaccination is required on entry for ages 16 and over
  • Children aged under 16 years must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian aged 16 or over, who must also be swimming
  • See how to access your vaccination certificate.
Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre

The facility is operating under its COVIDSafe plan. All patrons must QR code check in using your own smartphone device. Toilets are available but there’s no changing or showering.

50M OUTDOOR POOL

  • Lap swimming for adults and confident swimmers in the 50m outdoor pool – no spectators are allowed on the pool deck
  • Aqua classes available with a reduced timetable and class numbers capped at 20 (bookings available from 9am Friday 15 October)
  • All Aqua classes and lap swimming sessions must be pre-booked and paid online. No date/time changes allowed
  • Fitness passports accepted, but ticketed passes and memberships remain on hold
  • Eight (8) swimmers per lane
  • Squad training is back with limited sessions
  • Lap swimming sessions and Aqua classes will be for 45 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes before your session time to complete the check-in process.

17M, 25M INDOOR POOLS

  • The 17M and 25M indoor pools will open for lap swimming and gentle exercise only
  • Four (4) swimmers per lane in the 25M pool and two (2) swimmers per lane in the 17M pool
  • No Aqua classes or recreational swimming
  • The leisure pool is closed
  • All swimming sessions must be pre-booked and paid online. No date/time changes allowed
  • Swimming sessions will be for 45 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes before your session time to complete the check-in process
  • Learn to Swim operations are being reviewed and further updates will be provided soon.

GYM

  • The gym is open to ages 16+
  • All patrons must book and pay online. No date/time changes allowed
  • Gym sessions will be for 45 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes before your session time to complete the check-in process
  • Six (6) gym patrons per session
  • Reduced entry cost of $10/session during current restrictions

The current opening hours of 6-11am & 3-7pm, Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday will be extended to:

  • 6am-11am & 2pm-7pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday

The safety of our community and our staff is always our number one priority. We are constantly reviewing our settings based on the health advice and the NSW Government’s roadmap.

Keep an eye here and on Facebook for further updates:

https://www.facebook.com/hornsbyaquaticandleisurecentres/

https://www.facebook.com/HornsbyCouncil/

School Holiday Intensives

Aquafun Swim School runs school holiday intensives throughout the school holidays. This program is designed to accelerate your child’s progression and confidence within the water.

To find out more click here or email the learn to swim office at learntoswim@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Learn to Swim Customer Service

For assistance, please contact our customer service team on 9847 6306 or 9847 6307 (HALC) and 9847 6340 (GALC).

Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre offers a progressive Learn to Swim program for both adults and children.

We look forward to making your time here enjoyable and fun while learning a valuable life skill. Our vision is to create a fun filled water environment that will elevate a student to his/her greatest heights in swimming and personal confidence.

The decision to teach your child or yourself to swim is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life.

Please note classes are subject to change. For all enquiries please speak to staff during the following office hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 7.30am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday: 8am – 1pm

Lessons

Lessons are available for all ages and abilities from 6 months of age through to adults. Lessons are available throughout the week both am and pm, including Saturday and Sunday.

All of our lessons coincide with the public school terms and can vary from 8 – 11 weeks duration. Each group lesson runs for thirty (30) minutes. We can also provide private lessons which can be for fifteen (15) or (30) minutes in duration and are available throughout the week.

All of our classes are conducted by Austswim or Swim Australia qualified instructors. Austswim and Swim Australia are nationally recognised accreditation bodies.

Full payment of term fees is required upon booking.

We accept Active Kids Vouchers for Learn to Swim classes.

Enrolment

New Students
Students can enrol at any time throughout the year, except for the last three (3) weeks of each Learn to Swim Term. An assessment is required first. This enables us to place the student into the correct level. To book an assessment please contact the Learn to Swim team on 9847 6307 between 9am – 5pm.

Existing Students
Existing students will have the opportunity to re-enrol at the end of each term for the following term. You will be notified at the end of each term when it is possible to re-enrol.

Progression and Assessing
Students can progress at any time throughout the year. Your swimming teacher will then notify the learn to swim office. You will then be contacted. At the end of each term, students will also be assessed.

Class Information – Aquafun Swim School

Below is a brief guide to the classes we offer at the Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

Our parent and baby groups require a parent or carer to accompany the child in the pool.

Cost: $13 per class
Duration: 30 minutes
Maximum class size: 7


Periwinkle

Periwinkles

This class is an introduction for babies. This class helps familiarise the children with water and being in a group environment. This class also consist of water exploration activities, games, songs and social awareness activities. For ages 6 - 12 months.


Starfish

Starfish

This class is the 2nd level of lessons for babies/toddlers. Introduction to some basic water swimming techniques. Further development of water exploration, games, songs and social awareness activities. For ages 12 - 24 months.

We have four levels of classes for pre-school aged children.

Cost: $19 per class
Duration: 30 minutes


Tadpole

Tadpole (level 1)

In this transitional stage, children are encouraged to swim independently and gain water confidence. Students learn the basics of swimming independently with their teacher while still having fun. Basic swimming techniques and safety techniques are developed.
Ages: 20 months - 2.5 / 3 years
Maximum class size: 3


Frog

Frog (level 2)

Students are now independent in the water from their parent / guardian and are encouraged to enjoy being in the water while learning basic swimming techniques.
Ages: 2.5 / 3+
Maximum class size: 3


Turtle

Turtle (level 3)

While still building confidence students develop further basic freestyle and backstroke techniques with more safety aspects of swimming introduced.
Ages: 3-5 years
Maximum class size: 4


Seahorse

Seahorse (level 4)

Further stroke development through drills is introduced.
Ages: 4-5 years
Maximum class size: 4

We have four levels of classes for school aged children.

Age: 5+ years
Cost: $19 per class
Duration: 30 minutes


Goldfish

Goldfish

This is the 1st level of the school age lessons. This class is designed for children who have had very little water experience. The aim is to encourage, gain confidence and develop independence in the water. Maximum class size - 4.


Stingray

Stingrays

This is the 2nd level of the school age lessons. This class is designed to develop freestyle and backstroke techniques. Maximum class size - 4.


Swordfish

Swordfish

This is the 3rd level of the school age lessons. Further stroke development in freestyle, backstroke and introduction of breaststroke. Students are confident in this class, with swimming distance increased. Maximum class size - 4.


Marlin

Marlins

This is the 4th level for school age lessons. Students are now swimming further distances, further development of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Maximum class size - 5.

Adult Classes

We have three levels for adults to learn to swim.

Cost: $19 per class
Duration: 30 minutes


A1

This class is for the beginner adult who has had limited water experience. Students will learn basic techniques and be encouraged to develop independence in the water. Maximum class size - 5.


A2

This is the 2nd level for adults. While still building confidence in the water students will develop freestyle and other water techniques. Maximum class size - 5.


A3

This is the final level of learn to swim for adults. Students are encouraged to increase their swimming distance in this class and receive further stroke correction. Maximum class size - 6.

Private lessons are available for all ages. These on-on-one lessons can be 15 or 30 minutes in length and are available Monday to Saturday subject to availability.


15 minute lessons

Cost: Casual $36 per class; Whole term $31 per class


30 minute lessons

Cost: Casual $72 per class; Whole term $56 per class