Learning to swim is an important life skill that we take seriously for infants, children and adults. Our programs are fun and effective involving both swimming and water safety skills.

Children's Swimming Program

Our swimming program for kids offers so much more than just swimming lessons. We teach stroke technique and how to be safe around water. Healthy Kids Members have the opportunity to make up missed classes during the term and swim at any time.  Healthy Kids can also access our holiday programs.

Designed by Royal Life Saving Australia and supported by Life Saving Victoria, the Swim and Survive program is delivered at BALC by qualified staff.  

For further information on the program, visit the website here.    

BALC Swim School Term Dates can be found here. 

Adult Swimming Lessons

Private classes for adults are delivered by qualified instructors in a friendly and non-threatening environment. We focus on helping adults build their confidence and stroke technique. Request a private adult swimming lesson at Customer Service and download an enquiry form here.

AFFA Program

The AFFA (Aquatic Fitness For All) is a unique aquatic program perfect for teenagers, designed to allow students the opportunity to gain advanced water safety and survival skills beyond those taught in the Swim & Survive program. Students have the opportunity to work towards gaining their Bronze Rescue Awards with a Lifesaving Victoria endorsed trainer in a weekly lesson during school term. In addition to learning critical skills in advanced aquatic rescue, spinal injury management and resuscitation, students also gain skills in leadership, problem solving and using initiative; all in a fun, relaxed, nurturing environment. A water aerobics component has also been introduced. There are two separate AFFA sessions during the week, scheduled on Monday 5:30pm to 6:30pm and Friday 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Pre-Squad Program

The Pre-Squad Program is a stepping stone from the Swim & Survive Program to a swimming club. Qualified instructors work to build endurance and correct finer details of stroke technique. Training is also focused on teaching tumble turns, dive starts, reading the lap clock and checking heart rate. The Pre-Squad Program is held on a Tuesday evening between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.


Grey Medallion Program 

"The Grey Medallion program is a water safety and lifesaving skills initiative for older adults. It aims to encourage a healthy, independent and active lifestyle through the development of essential skills in order to participate in aquatic recreation activities safely. This practical program provides older adults with personal survival techniques, improved swimming skills, skills to deal with emergency situations and a thorough understanding of water safety knowledge in order to reduce the likelihood of drowning."

Source:  www.royallifesaving.com.au/programs/grey-medallion

The Royal Life Saving Society in Australia works to prevent drowning and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles by equipping all Australians with water safety skills.  Learn more about the Grey Medallion Program here.  

To register for the Grey Medallion Program speak with our Customer Service team.

Healthy Kids membership

With a Healthy Kids membership to BALC, learning to swim has never been more affordable. See our membership section for details.

As a Healthy Kids member, your child will have access to additional benefits including:

Free swimming to ensure your child has the opportunity to practice their skills and enjoy free swimming at any time during their enrolment 

Access to our School Holiday activities at no additional cost 

Private tuition

(Private classes (1 student, 1 teacher) and tuition classes (family booking) are available on request).


View a copy of the LSV 2015 Drowning Report


Gillies Street North | BALLARAT | Phone: (03) 5334 2499

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday : 6am - 9pm
Saturday : 6am - 6pm | Sunday : 8am - 6pm
Public holidays may vary.
Pools close 15 minutes before Centre closing